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Three former Miss-Lou football players sign to play collegiate football

NATCHEZ — Three former Miss-Lou high school football players, two for Natchez High and one for Ferriday, signed on Wednesday to continue their football careers.

In the Ferriday High School Library on Wednesday, former Ferriday High football player Ronald Williams signed to continue his athletic career at University of Alabama.

“It means everything to me to sign and play with Alabama next year,” Williams said. “It’s a dream that came true.”

A 2017 graduate of Ferriday High School, Williams was the quarterback for the Trojans.

Since graduating, Williams has played two years of college football at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he plays corner back.

At Hutchinson Community College, Williams has played in 19 games for the Blue Dragons. In total, he made 33 tackles and four interceptions.

Ferriday Head Football Coach Stanley Smith said he never got to coach Williams on Melz Field, but Smith it’s big time for a Ferriday High player to sign with Alabama.

It lets you know what type of talent is here in Ferriday,” Smith said. “That the players would have an opportunity to play in the SEC is big time. It’s huge for our community.”

Natchez High School

In the Natchez High School library on Wednesday, two former Bulldogs signed to continue their athletic careers at four-year universities.

Shavoke’ Herrington and Ryon Rigsby signed to continue their athletic careers. Herrington is going to play at Northwestern State University while Ryon Rigsby is playing at Mississippi Valley State University.

Herrington graduated from Natchez High in 2017 and continued playing at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi. For the lions, Herrington totaled 40 tackles and four interceptions in his two-year career.

Ryon Rigsby played one year at Jones Community Junior College in Ellisville for the Bobcats, where he made four total tackles in the season.

His father and outgoing Natchez High Head Football Coach Roy Rigsby said he is extremely proud for his son Ryon for signing to play in a Division I college.

“For two kids to go on to junior college and chose to come back to their high school and sign, it is big for Natchez,” said Robert Benson, Natchez High offensive coordinator. “It shows the pride and loyalty both of them have for Natchez High.”

Roy Rigsby said Herrington always kept practices upbeat and interesting.

“From a football point of view, he was a playmaker,” Roy Rigsby said. “He was the one that came on and made a play. He was a pure athlete.

“I told him that I had an opportunity to play Division I and I didn’t take it. For him to take the opportunity, be excited for it and have the desire to complete it, it just means the world to me.”


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