LaFayette’s Cody Deal signs with Sewanee
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
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....