Ex-area prep stars wrap up 2005 college seasons

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2005

The season is winding down for the collection of former Demopolis stars trying to make a name for themselves on varsity college squads.

After sitting out the Colonels’ Oct. 15 game, former DHS and Southern Mississippi running back Anthony Harris saw a big increase in carries for his current Nicholls St. team. The NCAA I-AA Colonels upset the fifth-ranked Texas St. Bobcats Oct. 29, helped in a big way by Harris’s 12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown. The Colonels then defeated in-state rival Northwestern St. with Harris registering 38 yards on 9 carries. The wins move Nicholls to 4-3 overall on the year.

D-II Delta State’s Chad Schroeder had his best statistical games of the season in the Statesmen’s final two games of 2005, posting two solo tackles in each game as DSU topped Ouachita Baptist and Arkansas-Monticello to finish the season at 7-4. Schroeder, a former DHS kick returner and defensive back filling the “nickelback” position for the Statesmen, finished his first college season appearing in nine of 11 games for DSU and recorded eight tackles.

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Former All-State Demopolis defensive tackle Ray Williams has continued to see time for the I-AA Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks. Although Williams was not able to match his numbers in previous weeks against Eastern Illinois Oct. 29 and Southeast Missouri St. Nov. 5, he did record a solo tackle vs. SEMO and had three assisted tackles facing EIU.

After not recording a tackle or defended pass in D-II North Alabama’s Oct. 29 one-point win over West Georgia, DHS class of 2004/05 cornerback Vincent Jackson returned to the Lions’ scorebook with a solo tackle against West Alabama last Saturday. UNA finished their regular season at 9-2 overall, good enough to qualify for the D-II playoffs as the no. 4 seed in the Southeast region.

Although not a member of the Demopolis Tigers, Demopolis native and John Essex graduate Ta’Amar Scott made the most of his brief time on national television recently. Scott, a junior running back for the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries to help lift the I-AA Bulldogs to a Magic City Classic win over Alabama St. on ESPN2. For the season, Scott has racked up 485 yards and four TDs.