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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Update/Pleasant Valley HS football and Spearing

Weds Sept 5 Update
John Morgan, the pastor of the Collinsville Baptist church who often moonlights as a reporter for Collinsville athletic contests, reports in today's www.times-journal.com Hernandez lay immobile for about thirty minutes after a "helmet to helmet collision."
Morgan reports on Tuesday first year Coach Alan Beckett said Hernandez had some swelling in his neck and numbness in one hand but no concussion.


There was a troubling hit with about 3 minutes to go in the 2nd half of the Suspended football game between Collinsville High School and Pleasant Valley yesterday. PV was leading about 34-7 at the time of the incident.
Many of the Collinsville fans are outraged, saying it was a vicious illegal hit on Phil Hernandez, while he was out of bounds, a helmet to the shoulder blades.
He lay immobile on the ground for a good ten minutes. Some acquainted with Pleasant Valley coaches say they encourage that type of contact. I do not know that to be the case but several straightforward and direct questions should be asked of their staff and players of this school in Jacksonville, Alabama; home of one of the largest state teacher's prep schools in the state and the alma mater of an inordinate number of state legislators.
Phil Hernandez is a great kid. He had receieved letters of inquiry from Georgia Tech, and other high caliber schools are aware of his kicking ability and academic promise.
Some may remember an episode of the Lazarus Syndrome in the early 80's starring the LA Times Great Fred Williams who played a sinister coach who taught such play.
Here is a link to a recent story on Hernandez promise.

http://www.times-journal.com/report.lasso?WCD=9076

I am hoping the AHSAA, the Bham News and Anniston Star can look at this incident soon.
It may be just a very unfortunate incident that comes with the risk of playing HS football. At the moment however, looks to be something much more nefarious.

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