A large senior class yielded a large group of Warner Robins scholarship recipients on National Signing Day. Six Demons signed national letters-of-intent to continue their playing careers in college.
“They played well and conducted themselves well on the field and in the classroom,” Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way said. “We had a lot of good high school football players, and now these guys are getting an opportunity to go on.”
Linebacker Moses Allen (Point University), defensive tackle Greg Carswell (Shorter); offensive tackle Greg Farms (Albany State), defensive back Mario Guyton (Coffeyville Community College), Jalen Rountree (Coffeyville) and Telvin Thomas (Dean College) accepted scholarships in a Wednesday ceremony at the school.
Led by a class of more than 30 seniors, Warner Robins enjoyed an 11-game season and advanced to the semifinals of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs. It marked a return to prominence for the program, which suffered a four-year absence from the playoffs.
“We were real dedicated to the program, and we wanted to win real bad,” Allen said. “We bonded since middle school.”
Now they’re moving on. Guyton and Rountree were part of what Guyton called a “package deal.” They’ll both be moving to Coffeyville in Kansas in the summer.
“I’m looking forward to travelling,” Guyton said.
Thomas is also headed out of state. Dean College is located in Franklin, Mass.
“I’m just looking forward to something different,” he said.
It was a sense of familiarity that drew Carswell to Shorter University.
“It felt like a family environment,” he said. “It felt just like Warner Robins.”
Carswell said he’d like to some day coach football. He wants to create that same kind of environment on his future team.
“Coaches have to be the glue that keeps you together,” he said. “If I coach, I want the players to know that the guy next to you is the person you can count on.”
It’s that philosophy that sparked the Demons before the 2011 season even began.
“It’s our leadership that carried us through all season,” Farms said. He hopes that attitude took with the underclassmen, many of whom attended the signing ceremony.
“We set a good example,” Farms said. “If they have the ambition, they can do it, too.”