The Dawg Pound was filled with family, friends and Bulldog fans late Wednesday afternoon. The main attraction was two football players signing full ride scholarships.
Trey Smith signed with the US Military Academy at West Point. Ashanti Cole, Jr signed with Grambling State.
The crowd began gathering early to get a seat. The north side of the gym was packed as they awaited word of which school the Bulldogs would be attending. They were treated to a performance by the Blue Diamonds. Then Principal JC Dickey and Football Coach Jeff Harper made the introductions and turned the program over to the boys mothers and fathers.
One Father, Ashanti Cole, Sr said, “Your family, Coushatta, we are all proud of you. I thank the High School for coming out to celebrate.” Cole added, “You got a chance to play. To God be the glory. Keep God first and the sky is the limit.”
The other player’s father, Pierre Smith smiled and said, “I am so proud of your accomplishments on the field. Whatever you choose tonight, it is your choice (where to go to school and play). I love you.
Their mothers introduced their sons for a few remarks. Trey Smith led off, “I just thank you all for coming out. I appreciate it.” Smith thanked the coaches who have helped him play the game. “He never gets the praise he needs. He always came out to help me,” said Smith.
Smith reached for one cap, then he threw that one away. The school of his choice was West Point, and he proudly donned an Army Golden Knights cap.
Cole had even more hats to choose from. He asked the crowd which one. “Will it be Southern?” he asked. Then he mentioned a couple more schools before pulling out the cap from Grambling.
Then as their mothers and fathers watched, the music played, and the crowd cheered both Bulldogs signed the scholarship papers. They moved up and will be playing next fall at a much greater level. And all of the Red River fans will be watching.
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