GILMORE COLUMN: Keeping track of graduates

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2006

It&8217;s always good to see former high school student-athletes adjust to college athletics. The adjustment includes adapting to the college life, if you&8217;re residing on campus. It doesn&8217;t count if you&8217;re still living at home. The parents also must be included in the adaptation process.

College is usually the first place one&8217;s child resides upon leaving home.

I&8217;m not sure where all the former high school student-athletes are attending college, but my list has begun to grow. We just want to follow them in their college careers and share with our readers how some of them are doing.

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Mike Grayson quite often mentions on the (Demopolis) Tiger radio network, the football players of recent Demopolis&8217; football teams. I shared a little about Dusty Goodwin of the University of North Alabama in my column last week. Off the top of my head Mike has mentioned Vincent Jackson also of UNA, Chad Schroeder and Devin Goodwin of Delta State, Dontrell Miller and Ray Williams of University of Tennessee-Martin, Zach Landerfield of Mississippi College, and of course we have Dwiuan White nearby at the University of West Alabama. There may be some players that I may have missed and there are players from schools in our coverage area, but these are the ones that come to mind right now. Please let me know of other players from the area.

We also have student-athletes that participate in other sports outside of football. We want to keep an eye on them, &8216;if you will&8217;, as well.

UWA&8217;s freshman White is becoming a part of the UWA Tiger passing attack. He&8217;s second in receiving for the team. He&8217;s played in all five games and averages one catch a game. The former Demopolis High stand out has recorded one touchdown and has a total of 176 reception yards. His longest reception was a 56-yard touchdown pass against Lambuth University. White has also returned a kick off for 18 yards.

I went to Greensboro last Friday for the Southern Academy/Patrician Academy game. Man, are they in rare form, or shall I say they look as good as they did all of last year. Cougar coach Shaun Bonds have his team believing in themselves. That defense they have just won&8217;t give in. Giving up touchdowns seems not to be an option, they just don&8217;t give up any.

They will end the year as the only undefeated team in our region. Their schedule for the remainder of the season is favorable to them. An AA championship is not too far away.

The Demopolis Tigers look good on the defensive side of the ball last Friday. I&8217;m sure most of you expected a blow out. As always turnovers and penalties are always the culprit to end most drives.

Our game of the week depicted the Sweet Water traveling to Leroy to face the Bears. The Bears are still licking their wounds. Going into the game Bulldog head coach Stacy Luker thought the game would be as tough of a game they would play all year out side of the Thomasville game. He came in with a game plan and the defense with stood any thing that Leroy threw at them. I&8217;m not sure if the Bulldogs have peaked yet. I know coach Luker hopes they haven&8217;t.

John Essex finally got one in the win column this year. They had to leave home to get it. The Hornets went into Coffeeville and came out on top in a big way beating up the winless Panthers 50-20. Now that the Hornets got their first win of the year, they can work to turn things around in the second half of the football season.

Also last week the A.L. Johnson Eagles disrupted things down in Georgiana. TheY spoiled the Georgiana High School homecoming with a 17-0 shut out. ALJ&8217;s coach Moses Jones says his team played masterfully. Probably the best they have played as a team in a good while.

Oh, by the way, my baseball Tigers (Detroit) made it to the playoffs. But the fact that they must play the Yankees is not good. They were predicted to win not more than half of their games before the season started. So I think they&8217;ve done well.

A closing thought. What have you been saying about the Dallas Cowboy&8217;s Terrell Owens. He&8217;s good, bu…

See you on the gridiron.

James Gilmore is sports editor of The Times. He can be reached by e-mail to