Two more Jackson County Comprehensive High School football players are advancing their sports careers next season in college.
Daivon Ledford and Dustin Scott both accepted scholarships with Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va., during a ceremony held Friday at the high school’s media center.
Ledford and Scott intend to play football for the Wasps, which compete in the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Division III schools are not permitted to award athletic scholarships. However, student-athlete achievers with strong academic credentials are eligible for financial support and scholarships, according to the school’s web site.
That brings the total number of scholarships offered to Panther football players to four this year, said coach Benji Harrison, who guided JCCHS to the playoffs this year.
Reno Messler earlier signed to play at the University of West Georgia, and Josh Ingram is attending Albany State.
Before Scott and Ledford confirmed their college decisions in writing, Harrison addressed the standing-room only crowd, comprised mainly of football players.
“This is a big deal,” Harrison said. “These four guys who’ve signed this year are high character young men who will represent the school well. That is a testament to their families and you, their friends.”
Ledford, a linebacker, guided the Panthers on defense last season, earning 85 tackles, 44 assists, eight tackles for loss and a sack. Earlier this year, he won a Class AAA state wrestling championship in the 170-lb. weight class.
He takes honors and AP classes and is recognized for his determination on and off the field as well as on the wrestling mat.
“I am proud,” he said, after being asked about his determination and many accomplishments. “If I want something bad enough, I will strive to get it.”
Scott, who played running back for JCCHS, rushed for 1,200 yards rushing, received passes for 325 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
The Panthers finished the year 6-5 and lost in the first round to Class AA semifinalist Cartersville.
“It has been an honor playing with you guys,” Scott told the crowd that assembled. “If you have a dream, build your plan. Work hard for it. Be dedicated. Because it does come true.”
Emory & Henry is ranked as one of the top-35 liberal arts schools in the country. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.