By Clint Parker
EHS – Three Erwin warriors took the stage at the school’s theater in front of family, friends and teammates. The event was that the cream of Erwin’s gridiron stars were signing to play college football.
Seniors Caleb Tritle, Tre Hutchison and Monty Williams joined their coaches as they signed to play at the next level on Wednesday afternoon (February 12). Tritle signed to play for Union College in Schenectady, New York, while Hutchison and Williams are going to Wingate University in Charlotte. All are becoming bulldogs as both Union College and Wingate University’s mascots are the pug-nosed canine and both are division II athletic institutions.
“This is a special moment for these three young men,” said Erwin Head Coach Rodney Pruitt as the signing got under way. “They worked very hard not only on the field but definitely off the field. If they didn’t take care of the classroom, this would definitely not be possible.”
The first to address was running back Hutchison (6’-2”, 165-pounds), who took the time to thank God, his family, friends and coaches and teammates. “I want to thank all of you for being with me on this journey. It’s been tough and a long ride.”
According to a news release from Wingate, “Hutchison was a two-year starter and senior team captain this season at Erwin High School for head coach Rodney Pruett. For his career, he compiled 524 receiving yards with 39 catches and two touchdowns. This season at Erwin, he had 416 receiving yards on 30 catches and a touchdown, adding 88 solo tackles, four sacks, one interception, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles on a team that finished 5-6. Hutchison was named all-conference and won the Dirty Jersey award on television against Enka High School.”
He was followed by Williams, who, after first thanking God for his talents, thanked his teammates. “Second of all, I’ve got to thank my teammates” going on to thank his parents, brother and coaches.”
While the Wingate press release did not mention Williams’ stats, he is a 5’-10”, 170-pound cornerback and according to Maxpreps.com he has, for the three years of Maxpreps.com data, 185 solo tackles averaging 5.4 per game, six interceptions, caused five fumbles recovering two of them.
Last to speak was Tritle, the 6’-2”, 295-pound tackle for the Warriors will now play for the Bulldogs. After thanking his teammates and God, Tritle said, “It’s been an amazing ride. Next step!” Maxpreps.com lists data for 21 games over a two-year period in which Tritle had 73 solo tackles, an average of 3.5 per game, and caused one fumble.