Faulkner University Football Signs Young Talent

by Tripp Reynolds

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner head football coach Charlie Boren and his staff have announced 38 new additions to the Faulkner football roster. The current signing class is comprised of 28 high school signees and ten mid-year transfers.

 

The prep class is highlighted by three outstanding offensive skill players in Lassiter (Ga.) running back Mason Waters, Andalusia (Ala.) running back Jamal Hourel and Charles Henderson (Ala.) athlete Jabronski Williams.

 

Bo Morgan, the Eagles’ new recruiting coordinator and receivers coach, was instrumental in finalizing this year’s class.

 

“We’re really excited about this group, especially the skill guys,” he said. “Waters is a great all-around back, but more specifically, he has the ability to be the home run threat out of the backfield and that’s something Faulkner has been missing the last few years. It was a real coups for us to be able to pull a high school player of his talent out of the Atlanta area. That’s not something we’ve had a lot of success with in the past.”

 

“Hourel is a bigger back, the kind of guy who can move the chains,” Morgan added. “We had to fight off some bigger schools to get him, but he’s really excited to be an Eagle. Joe Jones has been our top back going on four years and we’re hoping Hourel can learn from him this season, rack up some carries and take over that mantle in the future.”

 

“Williams is a Swiss Army knife,” Morgan said. “He was a great running back in high school, but he’s so quick and has such good hands that we’ll be able to move him all over the formation. We can’t wait to unleash him on the jet sweep.”

 

Faulkner signed a host of defensive standouts as well including Andalusia (Ala.) linebacker Antonio Gurley, Baldwin County (Ala.) defensive back Deshaun Love and Adamsville (Tenn.) linebacker Tanner Atkins.

 

“Gurley is a really physical player who will provide immediate depth inside,” Morgan noted. “He’s a big hitter who will have a chance to play on every special team as a true freshman.”

 

“Love is a really long defender,” Morgan said. “He’s impressive in coverage and provides run support from the backfield.”

 

“Atkins is a great athlete with a real head for the game,” Morgan said. “He plays great in space and is dangerous coming off the edge. You can tell he learned a lot in his two years at IMG Academy in Florida before finishing out his career at Adamsville.”

 

Boren is excited about the current list of signees, but admits that the search for additional weapons isn’t over just yet.

 

“Overall, we feel great about this group, especially the incoming freshman,” he said about his fourth recruiting class. “We think we’ve added a lot of depth and we were able to hit just about every corner of the state. A big thing that I love about coaching in the NAIA is that we’re not necessarily done at this point. The big schools are limited to how many guys they can sign, but we’re not. We still have some irons in the fire for 2017 and we’re already working on next year’s class as well.”


Here is the complete list of Faulkner signees to date:

 

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

 

Jordan Alexander – OL – 6-4 – 260 – Alexander City, Ala. (Benjamin Russell HS)

Tanner Atkins – LB – 6-1 – 215 – Adamsville, Tenn. (Adamsville HS)

Robert Brown – DB – 5-10 – 10 – Bay Minette, Ala. (Baldwin County HS)

Paul Daniels – TE – 6-5 – 240 – Plantersville, Ala. (Dallas County HS)

Alex Delvalle – OL – 6-0 – 290 – Enterprise, Ala. (Enterprise HS)

Robert English – LB – 6-3 – 200 – Elba, Ala. (Elba HS)

Josh Evans – K – 5-8 – 170 – Morris, Ala. (Mortimer Jordan HS)

Kam Ford – WR – 6-0 – 170 – Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)

Logan Goodman – LB – 6-1 – 190 – Tallassee, Ala. (Tallassee HS)

Antonio Gurley – LB – 6-0 – 215 – Andalusia, Ala. (Andalusia HS)

Garrett Hallmark – DB – 5-10 – 170 – Helena, Ala. (Helena HS)

Brady Hancock – DB – 5-9 – 170 – Tallassee, Ala. (Tallassee HS)

Jon-Halston Hill – FB – 5-10 – 190 – Gardendale, Ala. (Gardendale HS)

Jamal Hourel – RB – 5-10 – 215 – Andalusia, Ala. (Andalusia HS)

Decarlos Hurt – DB – 5-11 – 180 – Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)

Deshaun Love – DB – 5-10 – 180 – Bay Minette, Ala. (Baldwin County HS)

T.J. McMiller – LB – 6-1 – 200 – Northport, Ala. (Tuscaloosa County HS)

Phillip Parrish – OL – 6-3 – 290 – Phenix City, Ala. (Central HS)

Landon Pinckard – LB – 6-2 – 220 – Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery Catholic HS)

Devin Pittman – WR – 6-1 – 180 – Phenix City, Ala. (Central HS)

Alvin Renteria – K – 5-7 – 140 – Phenix City, Ala. (Central HS)

Dylan Sturgill – LB – 6-1 – 215 – Chatsworth, Ga. (North Murray HS)

Mason Waters – RB – 5-10 – 190 – Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter HS)

De’Keith Whatley – WR – 5-10 – 160 – Prattville, Ala. (Prattville HS)

Zack Woods – RB – 5-9 – 150 – Andalusia, Ala. (Andalusia HS)

Dontavious Williams – RB – 5-7 – 190 – Elba, Ala. (Elba HS)

Jabronski Williams – ATH – 5-10 170 – Troy, Ala. (Charles Henderson HS)

 

MID-YEAR SIGNEES

 

Hassan Bailey – WR – 6-0 – 190 – Plant City, Fla. (Butte College)

Mason Blocker – QB – 6-3 – 200 – Covington, La. (Jones County CC)

Ja’Quez Bowser – DB – 5-10 – 180 – Jacksonville, Ala. (Alabama State University)

Rock Gallion – DL – 6-4 – 320 – West Point, Miss. (University of West Georgia)

Tre’ Garland – DB – 6-3 – 210 – Thomasville, Ga. (Jacksonville State University)

Daniel Johnson – LB – 6-0 – 220 – Senatobia, Miss. (Delta State University)

Branden Keding – OL – 6-1 – 305 – San Jose, Calif. (Foothill College)

Chris Lundy – DB – 6-1 – 180 – Sunnyvale, Calif. (Foothill College)

Quincy Robinson – OL – 6-5 – 270 – Plant City, Fla. (Butte College)

Malik Washington – OL – 6-3 – 280 – Santa Clara, Calif. (Foothill College)

Brenau builds early lead, defeats Lady Eagles 77-64

Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Brenau (13-6, 6-5 SSAC) never trailed and led by as many as 18 points en route to the 77-64 victory over Faulkner (14-8, 6-6 SSAC) here in this afternoon’s Southern States Athletic Conference showdown at Tine Davis Gymnasium.

The Golden Tigers were paced by Braih Woods who had 18 points and six rebounds followed a double-double effort from Jasmine Knight who finished play with 13 points and 10 boards.

Faith LeGate led the Lady Eagles on the scoring front with 19 points, 15 of which were tallied in the second half. The senior also had five rebounds.

Shelby Williams was next in line with 10 points and added three rounds and steals.

Kayla Tillman offered up nine points and had three rebounds and steals as well.

Olivia Adamson led the defense with 10 rebounds while also booking four points and assists in addition to three takeaways.

“They were ready from the start of the game and we were not,” said head coach Reed Sutton, “and we got beat. You have to give them all the credit. We tried forcing mid-range shots and they hit them and we started putting them on the line late and they hit their free throws. They just slammed the door on us after we had a nice run and they earned the win.”

Faulkner will next travel to Blue Mountain for an SSAC showdown in Mississippi on Feb. 2. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Dalton State Blasts Faulkner 83-67

Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Twenty-second-ranked Faulkner (13-8, 8-4 SSAC) battled out of a series of sizable defeats against No. 6 Dalton State (20-1, 10-1 SSAC) in this afternoon’s Southern States Athletic Conference battle here at Tine Davis Gymnasium, but the hot-handed Roadrunners took advantage of key turnovers and snuffed out the Eagle offense down the stretch to secure the 83-67 victory.

Dalton State trailed Faulkner 26-17 with six minutes remaining in the opening period, but orchestrated a 22-4 run, weighted by six 3-pointers, to cap the first half and enter the break armed with a nine-point lead.

The Eagles then clawed back early in the second half riding four consecutive 3-pointers of their own and found themselves within a single basket of the lead with 11 minutes to play.

Four Faulkner turnovers in under a minute set the tone for the rest of regulation, however. Dalton State continued to hammer home shots while the Eagles managed just four field goals in the reminder of the outing.

Dalton State shot 53 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc and was led by Carnilious Simmons with 16 points and six rebounds.

Faulkner connected on 43 precent of its shots and shot 39 percent from deep-ball territory.

Logan Jozwiak led all scorers and knocked own half of the Eagles’ 3-pointers with a 5-for-8 showing to anchor his 17 points. He also had five assists and rebounds on the day.

Marquis Grays followed with 15 points for Faulkner and added a pair of rebounds.

“We had two bad runs in the first half and they hit some big 3s,” said Scott Sanderson.  “Then we pulled it to 56-53 and then turned the ball over several times and they punished us. You have to have solid point guard play against a team like that and the last five to six minutes and we didn’t get that.”

Faulkner will next travel to Blue Mountain for an SSAC matchup with the Toppers in Mississippi on Feb. 2. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Faulkner Finds Redemption, Topples Middle Georgia State 80-69

Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (14-7, 6-5 SSAC) snapped a three-game Southern States Athletic Conference losing streak and evened the playing field against Middle Georgia State (5-12, 3-8 SSAC) with the 80-69 victory here at Tine Davis Gymnasium this evening.

The Knights defeated the Lady Eagles 64-59 in the league opener in Cochran in early December, but brilliant second half work by Faulkner evened out the series today.

The back and fourth ball game sat at a 35-35 tie at halftime and the two teams were separated by just a basket entering the final quarter of play.

The last 10 minutes proved all Lady Eagles, however, as Faulkner sparked a 16-8 run that culminated just over half way through the final period. The birds would gain their largest lead of the evening at 12 points with under 30 seconds to play en route to the convincing win.

Faith LeGate led the home team with 23 points and added eight rebounds and a pair of steals.

Olivia Adamson had 15 points anchored by her 3-for-6 effort from behind the arc and tallied seven boards and two blocks on the night.

Brandy Alley and Hannah Vest each offered up 11 points and registered six and three rebounds and four and three assists, respectively.

“We haven’t had a great first part to third quarters lately,” said head coach Reed Sutton, “and we talked about that today. It was exciting to see that aggressive play right out of the gate following halftime. I think everybody did what they do well today. That’s the cool thing about this game today, everyone just did their job. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story and I think this was a great team win.”

Faulkner will next host conference foe Breanu on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lady Eagles will look to even the playing field yet again in that matchup. The Golden Tigers won the previous bout 99-97 in double overtime.

Martin Methodist snaps nine-game Faulkner win streak

Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (13-6, 8-2 SSAC) overcame a four-point halftime deficit to gain a five point advantage mid way through the second period of this afternoon’s Southern States Athletic Conference contest against by Martin Methodist (13-7, 7-3 SSAC) here at Tine Davis Gymnasium, but an equally brilliant surge by the visitors shifted the momentum permanently in the RedHawks’ favor solidifying the 84-77 victory.

After a rather back and forth first half that left Martin Methodist in a two-shot lead at the break, the Eagles went to work on their largest point run of the outing.

Faulkner battled its way out of a seven-point rut and into the lead courtesy of a 12-0 spark that culminated near the 11-minute mark.

The RedHawks answered immediately with a 15-0 a scoring spree of their own, however, that gave the visitors a lead they would never relinquish.

Caleb Chowbay was huge for the RedHawks late in the event. The senior guard led all scorers with 21 points, 20 of which arrived in the second half. Chowbay was 11-for-12 from the free throw line and 2-for-3 from 3-point territory.

Logan Jozwiak led Faulkner with 20 points which included a 6-for-10 effort from behind the arc. The junior also added eight rebounds and two assists to this afternoon’s resume.

Jose Jimenez had 16 points, four steals and rebounds and added three assists to the numbers total for Faulkner.

Marquis Grays offered up 14 points, four assists and a pair of steals and rebounds while teammate Rene Scott had 13 points and three boards.

“It shouldn’t have got to the point it did, especially late in the game,” said head coach Scott Sanderson. “We played like a team that’s won nine games and not like a team that was hungry for number 10. I wasn’t happy with how we played defensively. We gave up too many points and they shot 47 percent and that’s just too high. We just weren’t up to the task today.”

Faulkner will look to rebound from the disappointing loss Tuesday evening when it hosts Middle Georgia State in SSAC play. A win there would also usher in a bit of redemption for the home team as well since the Knights are the only other league opponent to best the Eagles this season. Middle Georgia State took the SSAC opener in Cochran in early December. Tuesday’s tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Faulkner Fights to the Finish

Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (13-7, 5-5 SSAC) tried to take advantage of every available opportunity, routinely dug itself out of sizable deficits and even gained a two-point lead with just under four minutes to play in today’s Southern States Athletic Conference matchup against Martin Methodist (14-6, 8-2 SSAC), but the RedHawks were resilient down the stretch and clutch baskets and free throw shooting ultimately secured the 75-72 victory for the visitors here at Tine Davis Gymnasium.

The single-possession loss was an especially tough pill for the Lady Eagles to swallow given the brilliant career afternoon they got out of Faith LeGate. The senior posted an impressive 36 points, twice the amount of  the next most productive player on the floor and half of the home total, and added four rebounds and a pair of steals to the statistical sheet.

Brandy Alley was equally dominant on the flip side of play. The junior registered 17 rebounds in the outing, seven more than the next closest athlete, and added six points, all of which came in the second half.

Olivia Adamson had 10 points and eight boards for the Lady Eagles and tallied a pair of takeaways.

The two teams shot virtually identical numbers from the floor with Martin Methodist landing 38 percent of its total shots to Faulkner’s 37 percent.

The RedHawks were almost twice as efficient from 3-point territory, however, shooting 29 percent versus just 16 percent for the Lady Eagles.

“You have to give all the credit to Martin Methodist,” said head coach Reed Sutton. “They made plays when they needed to. They hit big shots and they just won that game. I thought we gave 40 solid minutes of effort today and I really don’t think anyone thing stands out that caused the loss. They just did what it took and got the win.”

Faulkner will next host Middle Georgia State in SSAC action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. The Knights won the previous showdown in Cochran to kick off league play in early December.

The Iron Bowl is in Two Hours

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Although it will attract far less attention, the rivalry is no less powerful. Two Basketball teams, one state, and ultimately, only one winer.

The crimson tide are averaging 69 points a game, in comparison to the Tiger’s 79 per game. But Alabama’s defense has been far better this season, capable of holding impressive offenses like LSU and Oregon at bay.

The game airs today at 3pm on ESPN2.

 

Heisman Trophy Winner Questioned by Police

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Ricky Williams, the Heisman trophy winner was briefly detained by police at a South Broadway hotel in Tyler, Texas.

Williams was in Texas on January 11th, for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award banquet. He arrived a few hours early and decided to take a walk.

A man saw Williams on the 8000 block of Yale drive, and called the police to report a suspicious person

Interviewed after the incident, the man who made the call said: “He didn’t threaten me in any way, but he was hanging out in this wooded area, crouching down behind the bushes,”

Williams said that he was questioned with his hands behind his back, but never handcuffed. He also said that police apologized once the misunderstanding had been cleared up.

Tyler Police released a statement about the incident:

“On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tyler Police received a call from a resident in the 8200 block of Yale in reference to a suspicious person behind his fence line in his backyard. 

The caller stated that his dog was barking in his backyard as if someone was back there. The caller then observed a black male, wearing all black crouched down behind his wire fence in a green belt area that backed up to the Courtyard Marriott. The homeowner made verbal contact with the subject who asked the owner if he was looking for his dog. The subject then continued a short distance to the north climbing over the fence into the Colonial Hills Baptist Church rear parking lot. After the subject left the area the homeowner called the police. 

While checking the area police contacted a construction worker with Saltgrass Steak House and were advised that a person matching the description had been seen in the area. The worker stated that the person picked up a tape measure and was going to walk off with it. He told the subject that the property did not belong to him and it was returned.

Around 4 p.m. officers located a subject matching the description provided by the caller just north of the Courtyard Marriott. Officers conducted a short investigation in reference to the suspicious person call. During the course of the interview, officers identified the individual as Ricky Williams. After obtaining all of the necessary information officers completed the contact with Mr. Williams.
No further action was taken by officers.”

 

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