The LTB kicked off the C Spire 1st & 10 Club annual series of meetings with University of South Alabama Head Football Coach Kane Wommack as the keynote speaker last night on Oct. 3rd at Moe’s Original BBQ. The jaguars are off to a 4-1 start in Wommack’s second season. Wommack stated “It’s a tremendous feeling to be a jag right now”. Wommack attributed his team’s success and consistency to the team’s high standard and hard work. Wommack said, “We are beating people on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practice, and then Saturday is the outcome we all see”.
Wommack has instilled a higher standard by creating an environment of accountability and sense of community. He guides this with his teachings and the team moto “#LEO, Love Each Other”. The moto is a mantra geared toward driving the player to look out for the best interest of others and teaching them that their actions have consequences that affect others.
This week is the jags’ bye week, gearing them up for next weekend’s homecoming game against Louisiana Monroe. The game set to kick-off on NFL Network at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.
In addition, during last night’s meeting, four local high school students received recognition. Beginning with the Augusts’ Student Athletes of the Month presented by iHeart Radio’s Corey Labounty and C Spire’s Anita Clark. Labounty serves as the sideline reporter for the local high school television broadcast and host the radio show “Corey Labounty’s Locker Room”. The players of the month were selected for their performance in weeks 0 and 1 of the 2022 football season. They are as follows:
Defensive Player of the Month, Ricky Nichols (So.), Linebacker, B.C. Rain High School.
Nichols had 30 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 1 pass break up for August.
Offensive Player of the Month, Cole Blaylock (Sr.), Running Back, U.M.S Wright.
Blaylock, a verbal commitment to the University of South Alabama, with 308 rushing yards for a total of 6 touchdowns for the Bulldogs in August. Blaylock boasts a total of 508 all-purpose yards for the month of August.
Special Teams Player of the Month, Jonah Delange (Sr.), Special Teams, Davidson High School. Labounty’s stated Delange is “the special teams for the Warriors”. Delange is currently perfect on the season with a career long 45-yard field goal. He serves as the team’s punter, kick-off and field goal kicker. Off the field, Delange is an exemplary student with a 4.16 grade point average.
Following the student athletes, the club awarded the honor of Team Focus Member of the Month to Trey McKinstry, a sophomore at Faith Academy. McKinstry was presented the award by Aaron Dias, Alabama Director of Team Focus. Team Focus is a mentoring organization for young me without father figures in the home. Dias stated, “McKinstry exemplifies and shows the characteristics of being a good teammate both in the program and within his school”. McKinistry is an honor roll student and member of the Faith Academy Rams football team.
The club’s next meeting will take place on Monday, October 17 with keynote speaker Auburn University’s Associate Head Football Coach Zac Etheridge.