Cougar Football Playmakers for 2020

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Ian Shark

Class of 2021

Personal Goal: My personal goal is for our team to make it to the SCHSL AAAA State Championship.

Role Model: My role model is my dad because he teaches and tells me every day to take pride in what I do and always try my absolute best.

On balancing academics and athletics: I manage to balance academics and athletics by making sure I study and complete my schoolwork before focusing on football. I believe it is important to have a strong work ethic in both.

Favorite Book: “Friday Night Lights” by Buzz Bissinger

Thoughts on COVID-19: COVID-19 has really messed up recruitment and my senior season. But I have been able to focus on getting stronger and faster. I have also had time to work toward my goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Parents: Cassandra Shark and Charles Shark

Daryl Green

Class of 2021

Personal Goal: My top goal is for our team to have the best record the school has had in 15 years. My individual goal is to earn selection to the AAAA All-State team.

Role Model: My role model is my dad. I do not want to be like anyone, but I say this because he taught me the key values that you should have in life and what is important.

On balancing academics and athletics: Honestly, it is not much of a balance for me as I have always been a good student – so, it is easy doing both.

Favorite Book: “S.T.A.T” by Amare Stoudimire

Thoughts on COVID-19: I really feel like all COVID-19 did as far as high school football was delay things. While things will not be completely normal, I am just grateful to be able to chase greatness on the football field this season.

Parents: Nayvone Smith and Daryl Green Sr.

Antawn Griffin

Class of 2021

Personal Goal: I want to have a positive record this season and go far in the playoffs.

Role Model: My role model is my dad because he pushes me to be the best in anything that I do.

On balancing academics and athletics: Academics comes first so I focus on school, then get locked in for practice and games later.

Favorite Book: Anything by Dr. Seuss

Thoughts on COVID-19: I feel like COVID-19 has taken away a lot of time for teams to get ready for their seasons, but it is good to be back on the field.

Parents Names: Antawn Griffin and Tameko Fishburne

Jackie White

Class of 2022

Personal Goal: My goal is to help my team achieve a winning record this season and win our region.

Role Model(s): Col. Samuel Ellis inspires me, teaches me how to grow into a man and we share the same birthday.

On balancing academics and athletics: My school work always comes first – then sports.

Favorite Book: “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

Thoughts on COVID-19: I am glad COVID did not affect our football season and I hope everyone is still being safe.

Parents: Jackie White Sr. and Myiah Blakeney

Iain Yahner

Class of 2022

Personal Goal: My personal goal would be to run the ball more.

Role Model(s): None

On balancing academics and athletics: Staying on top of work and being self-motivated helps a lot.

Favorite Book: “The Titans Curse” by Rick Riordan

Thoughts on COVID-19: As long as COVID-19 doesn’t cause us to cancel the season, I will be content.

Parent: Aileen Norris

Nayrone Holmes, Jr.

Class of 2021

Personal Goal: My personal goal for this season is to be better than I was yesterday.

Role Model: My role model is myself because looking up to someone is going to persuade an image to be like someone else.

On balancing academics and athletics: Education will always be first – that is the main priority before anything else. Sports will fall into place.

Favorite Book: “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

Thoughts on COVID-19: COVID-19 has really impacted everyone’s life because it made a lot of things change. Nothing is going to be the same anymore. But I am glad we will have a fall season.

Parents: Craig Grant and Sonya Grant

Jorryn Simmons

class of 2021

Personal Goal: To become state champs and to be MVP this year.

Role Model(s): My dad because he pushed me to do better since I was little.

On balancing academics and athletics: I just stay focused on both.

Favorite Book: Don’t have one.

Thoughts on COVID-19: I just will be glad when it’s all over and I can get back to a normal lifestyle.

Parents: Shawn and Celesta Simmons

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