All the participants point to the sky as number 56 of the Alanta Falcons Sean Weatherspoon does after as QB Sack.
Story By Michael W. Love of Texas Sports Center
Photos By Charles Nance of Texas Sports Center
The 2nd Annual Sean Weatherspoon Community Football Camp at the Jasper High School Football Stadium on Saturday was a huge success with more than 170 participants from the local area. Sean Weatherspoon is Jasper native who earned a scholarship to the University of Missouri, and was the 19th overall pick in 2010 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
Weatherspoon was joined by other current NFL players such as teammate Alanta Falcon (WR) Marcus Jackson, St. Louis Rams (WR) Danario Alexander, Detroit Lions (DF) Marcus Harrison and former NFL player with Baltimore and Carolina from Lamar University Lorenzo Williams. They were assisted by many others to bring an incredible opportunity to aspiring athletes aging from 7 to 16 years of age. The young athletes were treated to a host of information as they navigated between poles and cones, where and how to hold the ball, agility drills and tackling techniques.
Weatherspoon's manager Isaiah Mares, said it was an fantastic showing from the community and future greats of the sport. It was great time for all.
By Chance Bailey and Michael Love of Texas Sports Center
On Monday, June 4, Lufkin, Diboll, Nacogdoches, and Jasper played in a four team tournament in Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium. Lufkin and Nacogdoches were the two teams that advanced in the tournament, qualifying for the state qualifier tournament that was played on Saturday, June 9th, 2012.
In the state qualifier, several teams from around East Texas competed in Diboll. Gilmer, San Augustine, Trinity, Huntington, Diboll, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Crockett, Carthage, and Shelbyville were the teams that competed. Results from the tournament have not been released.
For those who don’t know what 7-on-7 is, it’s a football game played during the Summer with seven offensive players and seven defensive players. The offensive team has a center, a quarterback, and five receivers. On defense, it’s basically seven defenders in zone or man coverage with pass rushing prohibited.
The quarterback has four seconds to throw the ball or the play is blown dead by a referee. 7-on-7 gives high school players a chance to showcase their skills in the open field and keep their edge during the Summer.
It also is a non-contact game, with players in shorts and shirts. The ball carrier is down as soon as he touched by a member of the opposing team. This game is not mandatory, but it shows how committed certain players are on getting better and helping their teams win in the Fall.
Diboll Tournament Results are as follows:
Diboll 39 - Huntington 13
Gilmer 35 - Trinity 20
Gilmer 27 - Diboll 13
Trinity 45 - Huntington 20
Diboll 26 - Trinity 13
Huntington 47 - Huntington 21
Crockett 33 - Shelbyville 21
San Augustine 41 - Carthage 34
San Augustine 30 - Shelbyville 20
Carthage 47 - Crockett 6
San Augustine 46 - Crockett 14
Carthage 41 - Shelbyville 13
Diboll 34 defeats San Augustine 30 to advance to the state round.
Carthage 20 defeats Gilmer 0 to advance to the state round.
The East Team is being headed up by Vidor's Jeff Mathews who is excited about all of their outstanding season performers including Joe Persohn of Hardin-Jefferson, Corbin Carr of Nederland and Garrett Drake of Silsbee, as well as Kilgore College signee Karrion Morrisey, a 5 foot- 8 inch, 185 pound senior running back from Jasper who rushed for 2,029 yards in 11 games, averaging 185 yards per game and with zero fumbles in 257 carries.
Coach Mathews will be joined by two of his own assistant coaches from Vidor, Dwayne Doubois and Dickie Robinson. They will be joined by Dwight Bickham of LC-M, Hiawatha Hickman of Silsbee, Greg Neece of Kirbyville, Mike Arnaud of PN-G and Daryl Hobbs of Legacy, Texas.
The East Team roster includes:
1 Davonte McMillan of Memorial
2 Chris Bowser of Legacy
3 Patrick Beatty of Jasper
4 Ty Johnson of Orangefield
5 Karrion Morrisey of Jasper
6 Malachi Busby of Bridge City
7 Dean Seastrunk of Newton
8 Chase Romero of PN-G
9 Kip Rawls of Evadale
10 Darrian Turk of Silsbee
11 Joshua Pickett of Memorial
12 Jacobe Collier of Central
14 Brett Butler of Nederland
15 Kenneth Mayfield of Memorial
17 Derek Ledet of WO-S
20 Jimmy Wright of Vidor
21 David Bollinger of Vidor
22 Tim Simmons of Newton
23 Lynn Williams of Buna
26 David Smallwood of Vidor
27 Garrett Drake of Silsbee
33 William Tyler of Kirbyville
34 Dylan Nini of Sabine Pass
43 Britton Lindsey of WO-S
52 Joe Perhson of Hardin-Jefferson
53 Kanton Richard of Nederland
55 Tanner Mcinnis of Ham-Fanett
56 Caleb Ross of Buna
57 Farrin Lawence of LCM
58 Bret Treadway of Silsbee
64 Jonathan Ned of Memorial
70 Cameron Coulter of Bridge City
74 Jarvis Adams of Jasper
75 Ian Jenkins of WO-S
78 Sterling Deslatte of Orangefield
88 Jordan Harman of LC-M
98 Kyle Holmes of Central
99 Corbin Carr of Nederland
The West Team will be lead by Coldsprings Head Coach Bryan Barbay, the son of the late Newton Head Coach Curtis Barbay who coached in the first Southeast Texas Ford Dealers All-Star Classic in 2010. Barbay's cousin Kevin Barbay head coach of Warren, will be the offensive coordinator. The West will feature Ozen quarterback Trey Green, who signed with Prairie View, Terran Vaughn, who signed with Stephen F. Austin and Coldspring running back Sherman Gilbert, who rushed for 2,298 yards his senior season.
Coach Barbay will be joined by assistant coach Blake Morrison of Coldspring, Kevin Barbay of Warren, Darrell Barbay of Anahuac, Mike McEachern of Huffman, Mike Stewart of Lumberton, Ray Metoyer of Ozen and Brett McPhatter of East Chambers.
The West Team roster includes:
1 Sherman Gilbert of Coldspring
2 Joshua Stump of West Brook
3 Trey Green of Ozen
5 Javier Hernandez of Anahuac
6 Matias McCloskey of Huffman
7 Jordan Granato of Lumberton
8 Colton Monroe of Coldspring
9 Kale Rives of Hardin
10 Kirby Johnson of East Chambers
12 Chisholm Marberry of Hull Daisetta
13 Huestis McAnally of Splendora
14 Kade Hardy of Huffman
15 Tyrell Franks of Cleveland
16 Jalen Malone of West Brook
19 Duane Mena of Huffman
22 Oshea Kennebrew of Kelly
24 Jake Vaught of Liberty
25 Nick Barber of Kelly
26 Tyler Newcomb of Barbers Hill
31 Marcus Gray of West Brook
32 Ryan Reuter of Barbers Hill
33 Lajade Farr of Ozen
35 Gerrod Hilliard of Livingston
43 Tyrell Collins of Ozen
44 Kedrick Harrison of Coldspring
45 Tyler Caruthers of West Hardin
48 Taylor Reddell of East Chambers
50 Hosea Bottley of Kountze
51 Chance Andries of Coldspring
52 Thalan Payne of Ozen
55 Braden Matthews of Barbers Hill
62 Ty Murray of Warren
64 Jared Castle of West Brook
65 Terran Vaughn of Ozen
67 Cole Galloway of Livingston
76 Ryan Melton of Liberty
78 Jessie Blackburn of Crosby
80 Sam Hubert of Chester
West Orange Stark's Derek Ledet stretch's out to try and bring in a ball thrown to the corner of the practice field at Lamar's Cardinal Stadium in Beaumont in preparation for the All Star Classic on Saturday. Photo by Michael W. Love
West Orange Stark's Derek Ledet shows off why he is in the Classic game. Photo by Michael W. Love
This All Star found himself all alone in the end zone with a perfectly thrown ball looking for a place to land. Photo by Michael W. Love
The All Star Classic practice for the West team got a chance to strap on the pads and knock off some rust. Photo by Michael W. Love
The East Team got to practice in the stadium on Tuesday and will swap with the West Team who spent their two hour drill session on the practice field. Photo by Michael W. Love
Kirbyville's William Tyler wearing number 35, looks for gap to run through in the offensive drills headed up by Coach Greg Neece on Tuesday. Photo by Michael W. Love