Smoaky's News & Notes
John Tyler's Ward commits to Houston
Monday, 25th June 2012 - 6:04PM
John Tyler quarterback Greg Ward, 5-11, 165, 4.46, has committed to play college football at the University of Houston.
Ward passed for 3,782-yards and 34-TD's as a junior, and ran for 1,249-yards and 19-TD's, but will most likely play wide receiver or defensive back at Houston.
Ward told David Smoak, "It's a great college and they were one of the first to offer me and show confidence in me and I also like their setup for the student-athlete." Ward added, "And, it's very close to Tyler where my family and friends can come watch me play."
Ward completed 74% of his passes (283-383) as a junior and was a first-team all-state selection. He was also a first-team All-Smoaky.com selection.
Dale Dotson, "We're done with athletics at Lon Morris"
Monday, 25th June 2012 - 6:04PM
Everyone knows about the email shutdown of Lon Morris College from a month ago, but I hadn't heard much over the last few weeks about any finality to the future of Lon Morris athletics, well, tonight, long-time Bearcats men's basketball coach, Dale Dotson told me, "Smoaky, I know you heard about the shutdown email last month, well, there won't be any athletics this year at Lon Morris College, we're done."
Dotson, who was also an All-American basketball star at Lon Morris from 1963-1965, continued, "You know, after 23-yrs, I never thought I'd get an email ending my career. It's tough to swallow, sickening situation."
Dotson said he hasn't heard from anyone from the college since the email and added, "This was supposed to be the first year our football program played in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference, so imagine how this could affect all those teams involved."
Longview's Caraway commits to UL-Monroe
Wednesday, 20th June 2012 - 9:47AM
Longview quarterback Bivins Caraway announced his verbal commitment to UL-Monroe. Caraway, 6-0, 200, 4.7, on Twitter on Wednesday.
Caraway completed 125-233 passes for 2,424-yards and 22-TD's on a 10-5 semifinalist team. Caraway also ran for 6-TD's.
Sam Wells from Frankston to Elkhart
Saturday, 16th June 2012 - 7:00PM
Sam Wells is the new AD/Football Coach at Elkhart High School.
Wells has been the head football coach at Frankston for the last four years, compiling a 23-20 record and two consecutive playoff appearance,
Wells was also the defensive coordinator at Elysian Fields under Ted Patton (now at Rusk) before taking over as head coach at Frankston. He's a graduate of Cayuga High School and Sam Houston State University.
He replaces John Adair, who remains on as the head baseball coach.
Click "more" for the rest of the story and quotes from Coach Wells.
New Boston's Haskins commits to Memphis
Saturday, 16th June 2012 - 6:59PM
New Boston running back Damien Haskins, 5-9, 215, 4.6, has committed to the University of Memphis.
Haskins spent a lot of time behind record-breaking running back Shakeem Jefferson during his junior season, but is expected to be their lead back in 2012. Haskins ran for 1,187-yards and 19-TD's as a junior and averaged 13.6 yards per carry. He's also a straight-A student.
And, on the same day Haskins committed to Memphis, so did Commerce defensive lineman Cortez Crosby, 6-1, 260, 4.78.