WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central High School saw four seniors sign national letters of intent to play football at the collegiate level last week.
Maurice Pauling and Qua’Terrious Thompson will play at South Carolina State, Josh Bell will play at Charleston Southern, and Cameron Roseberry will play at Newberry. While this year’s football team was a young one, the loss of these seniors is sure to leave Coach Demetrius Davis with big holes to fill.
Coach Demetrius Davis said praise must first go to each of the students’ parents.
“I want to introduce some people that played an integral role in getting this done for these young men,” Davis said. “First and foremost, I’d like to thank the parents. This is a special day for the young men, but I think it’s more special for the parents because they can get a chance to see the fruits of their labor.”
Athletic Director Terrell Roach said he was proud to have watched the growth of each of the young men over the past few years. He said he was proud of each of them not just athletically, but also academically.
Roach had sound advice for the seniors as they move to the next level.
“I want all student athletes to realize that the difference between who you are and who you want to be only relies on your commitment and your attitude,” Roach said. “I heard someone say in Walmart last year ‘attitude is like a flat tire, if you don’t change it you won’t go anywhere.’”
Principal Tracie Swilley added her own praise for the departing seniors.
“As a principal, I always call everybody here my kids, they become my kids when they walk through the door,” Swilley said. “These young men have matured over the last three years. Their heads are in the right place. They’re really excited about the athletic opportunities they are being afforded at the next level. Most importantly, they have the opportunity to use what they love to get their degree.”
Maurice Pauling, former WLTX player of the week, had plenty of praise to go around himself.
“First I’d like to give honor to God,” Pauling said. “If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be up here. I’d like to thank the coaches for coaching me, and I’d like to thank my mom and dad for everything they’ve done for me.”
Coach Davis said the statement from the future Bulldog was the most he’d said throughout high school.
Cameron Roseberry, who is still providing a presence for the basketball team, said he was grateful for all the help he has had in overcoming adversity.
“I want to thank God, He’s blessed me in so many ways,” Roseberry said. “I want to thank my mom, she’s been with me all my life. With a deceased father, it’s not easy. I want to thank Coach Davis and all my coaches, my teammates, and the basketball team for helping me get through these four years.”
Josh Bell, who will play at Charleston Southern, was prepared for his moment in the spotlight and had prepared a statement. He thanked God, his parents and his coaches.
“I want to thank the whole coaching staff for teaching me discipline and how to overcome adversity, getting ready for life, and for pushing me to overcome situations I thought I couldn’t through,” Bell said.
Qua’Terrious “QT” Thompson was last to announce for the day, but not least. QT expressed how much it meant for him to have been able to come to Fairfield Central and develop himself.
“I would like to thank God for putting me here, thank my mom for raising me to be the young man I am today, and I would like to thank the Griffin family for having me,” Thompson said. “I had fun playing with you.”
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016.