LaFayette’s Cody Deal signs with Se­wa­nee

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

Cody Deal has been some­thing of an iron man for the LaFayette Ram­blers for the past few years, play­ing in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

It’s that type of work ethic that will serve him well at the next stop in his foot­ball ca­reer.

The se­nior line­man made his choice of­fi­cial last Mon­day af­ter­noon, sign­ing with Se­wa­nee Univer­sity dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the high school.

Deal said he was look­ing for­ward to an­other four years of school and hard work.

“(Play­ing in college) is def­i­nitely some­thing I’ve thought about do­ing since I was in mid­dle school,” he ex­plained. “I went back and forth on it the last two years, but I came to re­al­ize that I re­ally wanted to do it.”

Deal said he would most likely play on the of­fen­sive line with the Tigers.

“He’s a great kid, a great stu­dent and a hard worker,” said for­mer LaFayette head coach Chad Fisher, who was among those on hand for the sign­ing. “He loves foot­ball. We’re happy for him and wish him noth­ing but the best.”

Fisher said that Deal’s com­pet­i­tive fire would serve him well at the next level.

“The big­gest thing is his re­lent­less ef­fort,” Fisher con­tin­ued. “He works his butt off and com­petes daily. He wants to please his coaches and wants to do well. I think just that hard work and ef­fort is what he’ll be able to con­trib­ute right off the bat. It’s a tes­ta­ment to the type of kid he is and the type of success he’ll have in college.”

Deal was a Ca­toosa/ Walker County Foot­ball Dream Team hon­or­able men­tion pick this past fall and also wres­tled for the Ram­blers.

On the mat, the 220-pounder was first at the Area 6-AAAA cham­pi­onships, first at the state sec­tion­als and got through to the cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nals in the state tour­na­ment be­fore fin­ish­ing fifth. He ended the the 2017-2018 year with a 41-8 over­all record.

Deal said he liked Se­wa­nee partly due to the fact that it is close to home. Lo­cated at the top of Mon­tea­gle, the cam­pus is a lit­tle more than a 90-minute drive from south Walker County.

“Se­wa­nee re­ally has that home at­mos­phere. It re­ally feels like LaFayette,” Deal added. “I’m hop­ing to bring my hard work as a player and help con­trib­ute to their pro­gram.”

The NCAA Di­vi­sion III school is also known for its aca­demics and Deal should fit in just fine on that front. He cur­rently has a 3.78 grade point av­er­age and has served as class pres­i­dent three times at LaFayette, in­clud­ing this year.

Deal is un­de­cided on a ma­jor.

Se­wa­nee, also known as The Univer­sity of the South, is best re­mem­bered for its fa­bled 1899 team. Known as the Iron Men, the Tigers went 12-0 that sea­son against Ge­or­gia, Ge­or­gia Tech, Ten­nes­see, South­west­ern, Texas, Texas A&M, Tu­lane, LSU, Ole Miss, Cum­ber­land, Auburn and North Carolina. They al­lowed just 10 points all year long with all 10 com­ing in an 1110 win at Auburn in the next-to-last game of the sea­son.

The Iron Men moniker came about as the Tigers played five games of those game in six days from Nov. 9-Nov. 14, win­ning all five on the road by shutout. They were a mem­ber of the SEC from 1932-1940.

In 2012, the College Foot­ball Hall of Fame named the 1899 Se­wa­nee team as the great­est (sin­gle-sea­son) team in college foot­ball his­tory.

The Pur­ple Tigers joined the South­ern Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion in 2012. They went 3-7 over­all and 2-6 in the SAA in 2017.

Last Mon­day evening at the Lake­point Com­plex in Cartersville, the sec­ond-ranked Tro­jans pushed home a run in the top of the first as Hunter Hod­son drew a lead­off walk and even­tu­ally scored on a passed ball. How­ever, the Ea­gles knotted things up as they scratched home a run in the bot­tom of the fifth.

But it wouldn’t stay tied for long as Gor­don Lee re­gained the lead a half-in­ning later. Hod­son be­gan the in­ning with a sin­gle and was bunted to sec­ond by Justin Wooden. Dy­lan Mingh­ini would sin­gle home a run and Caleb Hop­kins would add an RBI on a ground­out later in the frame.

The Tro­jans would put it away with a three­run sev­enth in­ning. J.D. sin­gled and scored on a McCain Bar­bee triple. Then, fol­low­ing two walks and a strike­out, Wooden came through with a two-run sin­gle to tack on the in­sur­ance.

Ma­son Pet­ti­grew lim­ited to Ea­gles to just one earned run on one hit and two walks. He fin­ished with eight strike­outs in six in­nings’

worth of work. Jake Poin­dex­ter con­tin­ued his strong rookie sea­son by strik­ing out two and walk­ing one in one in­ning of re­lief.

North Cobb Chris­tian pitcher Zach Turner, who is drawing in­ter­est from sev­eral Di­vi­sion I pro­grams, gave up four runs - three earned - on five hits and two walks. He fin­ished with 11 strike­outs in six in­nings, but was sad­dled with the loss.

Hod­son and Mingh­ini paced the Gor­don Lee of­fense with two hits each.

Gor­don Lee 10, NCCS 4

Thurs­day af­ter­noon

in Chicka­mauga, the Tro­jans polished off the sweep to move to 8-2 over­all and 4-0 in Re­gion 6-A North en­ter­ing the new week.

Gor­don Lee scored two runs in each of the first three in­nings. They gave up three runs in the top of the fifth, two com­ing on a dou­ble from Turner, the Ea­gles’ stand­out, but the Tro­jans would an­swer with four runs in the home half of the in­ning.

Pet­ti­grew had a two-run dou­ble in the in­ning. Hud­son fol­lowed up with an RBI-sin­gle while the fourth run was the re­sult of two North Cobb Chris­tian er­rors.

Poin­dex­ter went four in­nings, al­low­ing no runs on five hits and a walk with four

strike­outs. Lo­gan Street­man worked one in­ning, while Austin Thomp­son worked two in­nings in his first ac­tion of the sea­son.

Pet­ti­grew went 2-for3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Bar­bee had a dou­ble, scored two runs and drove in one. Wooden, along with Thomp­son and Will Size­more, all had one RBI.

Gor­don Lee man­aged just five hits on the day but took ad­van­tage of four er­rors by North Cobb Chris­tian.

The Tro­jans were slated to play a home­and-home se­ries with Trion on Tues­day (away) and Wed­nes­day (home), but de­tails were not avail­able as of press time. Gor­don Lee will

host Chris­tian Her­itage on Fri­day (5:30 p.m.) in the first of a two-game se­ries.

Gor­don Lee ranked first

The Tro­jans aso en­tered the new week atop two dif­fer­ent polls.

Ge­or­gia Dugout Pre­view tabbed Gor­don Lee as the new No. 1-ranked team in Class 1A (Pub­lic) when their polls were re­leased on Sun­day.

More im­por­tantly, the Tro­jans lead the GHSA Class 1A (Pub­lic) power rank­ings with 12.47, more than three points clear of sec­ond place Ir­win County (9.24). Charl­ton County (8.61), Sch­ley County (8.60) and John­son County (8.55) round out the top five.

Join­ing Cody Deal for his sign­ing cer­e­mony at LaFayette High School last Mon­day af­ter­noon were par­ents Tony and Keith Deal, LaFayette as­sis­tant coach Austin Crisp, for­mer LaFayette head coach Chad Fisher and LaFayette as­sis­tant coach Shane Cau­thorn....

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