Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Night Life 2013 Issue


Click here to see the 2013 Edition of Friday Night Life. 
Our high school football preview includes Clay & Randolph Counties.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Bulldogs Welcome Back Fordham


Football 2013
Story by Kelly Caldwell
Photo by Ellen Sims



The Wadley Bulldogs are in familiar territory once again as they welcome head coach Ken Fordham to the team, but this time it is a homecoming of sorts.
"About 20 years ago, I was the assistant coach for football under Edward Beverly here at Wadley," Fordham said. "It is very enjoyable here at Wadley. I feel like I belong. I know a lot of people here. That's how it was years ago, for the people of Wadley it is a matter of ownership in the program.
"There is a lot of pride here at Wadley, and since taking over, there are have been countless people that have come and offered their help and support. And, the funny thing is it's a lot of the same people that were offering help and support when I was here the first time."
Fordham has hit the ground running to get the Bulldogs ready for the upcoming season since taking over the program in early July and so far he likes what he sees.
"One of the biggest things I have noticed about these kids, is they are constantly going to work," Fordham said. "They show up 30 minutes early to practice wanting to learn something new. A lot of times you don't see that hunger. Sometimes it's like pulling teeth. It makes coaching easier when they are willing to work like this."
The Bulldogs were a touchdown away from making the class 1A playoffs last season and the will to win is evident.
"They are hungry for sure," Fordham said. "I hope we can turn the corner this season, and we want to win the right way."
Nine seniors will lead the way for the Bulldogs this season, but Fordham is quick to point out he wants the best athletes on the field at all times.
"We have some athletes here at Wadley," he said. "If you are good enough to play, you are going to be on the field. And with 23 kids on the roster, they are going to have to play multiple positions."
Bradley Melton will anchor the experienced offensive line for the Bulldogs at center while 2012 All County selection Jerry Dye returns with added leadership.
"Most of these guys will be interchangeable on the line," Fordham said. "We are going to do things to get people in the game."
Others that will see action on the line include Glenn Depreist, Cale Mitcham, Hunter Lingerfelt, BRandon Norris, Jeffery Brown, Tristan Coker and Ethan Howard.
 Caleb Calhoun and Dakota Brown will both see action at quarterback for Wadley.
"These two are going to be big assets to the program." Fordham said. "I believe in the two quarterback system. The second is just as valuable as the starter to me because if your first guy goes down you better have someone to replace him quick."
When not in the field general role, Brown will be in the mix at receiver along with Johnathan Clark, Devin Freeman and Austin Hendrix.
Sophomore Kamaury Avery was the workhorse for the Bulldogs last season at running back with 1,156 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 167 carries.
"I have watched spring film on him and saw him play as an eighth grader," Fordham said. "He and Chandler McLain are very aggressive. We want to put them in situations to most benefit the team."
Devarsie Greathouse and John David Fordham will also run the ball for the Bulldogs.
On defense, the leadership will be more of the same.
"It is going to be mostly upperclassman," Fordham said. "I have studied film to see what these guys have done in the past but I am also talking to them to see what they think their strengths are.
"We are changing things up from what Wadley has done in the past but we haven't had any belly aching. These guys want to win."
The Bulldogs open the season Aug. 29 at home against Horseshoe Bend where Wadley leads the series 11-10.
"That's always a big game for Wadley," Fordham said. "And, it's a fun way to start the season. Wadley beat them for a number of years but in recent history Horseshoe Bend has evened the record out.
"Our goal for the season is to stay healthy," he said. "In 1A football, three or four injuries can wipe your season out. Our guys are going to work that's for sure, so we just have to keep them healthy. We want to have success here, not for myself but for my players."


Woodland High School Football Schedule


Woodland Bobcats 2013 FOOTBALL
Aug. 30
at Bowdon
Sept. 6
at Victory Christian
Sept. 13
FULTONDALE
Sept. 20
at Ohatchee
Sept. 27
RANDOLPH COUNTY
Oct. 4
RANBURNE
Oct. 11
at Walter Wellborn
Oct. 18
PLEASANT VALLEY
Oct. 25
at Vincent
Nov. 1
CLEBURNE COUNTY

Football is in the air


I say this every year, but I really do love football! It can make grown men cry and upstanding women curse like sailors. The game evokes passion in people unlike any other sport especially in the South. We love our teams more than we love our sweet tea. And, just for the record, I am not talking about college teams. (That’s for another time and magazine…)
High School football is more than a sport, it’s an event that rallies a community like no other. Just look at how the communities of Lineville and Ashland came together to support Central High School of Clay County last year in its inaugural first season. I watched several games over there and needless to say, it was electrifying as were games at Wadley, Woodland, Handley and Randolph County. That’s what football does. It excites people.
But Friday Night Life isn’t just about the action that takes place between goal posts. The Life is all encompassing. It is the smell of popcorn, sight of pompoms waving proudly, the sound of the drum line warming up, and the yell of the crowd when the local football hero makes the game winning catch.
We talk about Friday night all week in the grocery stores, classrooms and restaurants around the area. We know the players because most of us have watched them grow up or went to school with a relative of theirs.
When I was in high school, I didn’t appreciate the Friday Night excitement as much as I do now. I went to the games but it was more about being seen than being a part of something bigger than me. Now I appreciate the finer points of the Friday Nights in the fall. I challenge each teenager that is a part of it no matter how big or small to cherish the time… You are making memories that you will tell stories about for the rest of your life. And 20 years from now, when you look back at this season, I hope the chills still come for you as they do for me when I tell of some of our football teams from back in the day!


Enjoy Friday Night Life!

Kelly Caldwell

 



WOODLAND BOBCATS 2013 Varsity Roster


WOODLAND BOBCATS 2013
Varsity ROster





1
Lakeland Phillips
12
2
Colby Spears
12
3
Jordan Herring
8
5
Tyler Rollins
12
6
Clay Gay
10
7
Bradley Rainwater
12
8
Justus Herring
11
9
Trae Messer
12
10
Kip Sims
12
11
John Wes Adock
12
12
Tyler Gay
10
15
Hunter Baldwin
11
16
Jordan Hopkins
10
17
Elijah Phillips
9
18
Jade Hopkins
7
20
Trey Bradford
10
21
John David Jacobs
11
22
Kendall Hudson
11
25
CJ Burke
9
30
Axon Gay
10
31
Keith Kyle
9
33
Chris Spradlin
11
34
James Allen
12
41
Timmon Scott
11
45
Nathan Parker
11
50
Aaron Buttrill
11
52
Jake Gay
10
54
Jarod Lewis
11
57
Parker Ratzlaff
11
58
Levi Allums
10
60
Hunter Henry
10
63
Alonzo Cummings
12
64
Bobby Taylor
10
65
Austin Meadows
12
68
Chadarius Parker
10
69
Devonta Maffett
12
70
Leahman H'Meadows
10
71
Levi Noles
11
72
Kyle Strain
10
74
Landon Herring
10
75
Kison Strain
12
78
Tyler Davidson
10
79
Marcus Purvine
10
80
Calvin New
12
 

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