By Johnny Sanders, Sports Editor
LEEDS – Since Jerry Hood has been at the helm at Leeds High School, the Green Wave have been successful, with the exception of his first year there. Otherwise, they have gone 9-3, 10-2 and 11-1. This past year may have been their best team yet as they went wire to wire during the regular season with the only close game being to rival Moody, on Moody’s field, in a 14-13 dog fight. The season ended for the Green Wave in the third round of the playoffs against Ramsay High school.
From that great season comes a couple of young men who have made it to the next level of their athletic and academic careers, who signed their letters of intent on Wednesday.
“We are all super proud of both of these young men for setting a great example of hard work and commitment to academic and athletic excellence,” said Coach Hood.
Defensive back Christian Simmons was one of the two to sign. Simmons plans to play his college football at Clarke University in Iowa. “Christian Simmons has been a good player in his four years at Leeds. Super high character young man,” said Coach Hood.
CJ Douglas, a mainstay in the Leeds defensive backfield as well as other positions on both sides of the ball, is staying closer to home, signing with the Samford Bulldogs. “CJ Douglas means the world to Leeds football. An outstanding athlete who excelled on both sides of the ball. Perhaps his biggest impact was as a leader as he was the chairman of our Leadership Council.”