Four Warriors sign to play football

By Chad Nesbitt

EHS – Last week was a big week for Erwin Football and for some of its players. On Wednesday (Feb. 6th) four Erwin High School seniors signed football scholarships with four different universities.

The players are Emory Pennell who signed with Gardner-Webb; Jackson Gouge who signed with Mars Hill University; Dillon Luther who signed with Western Carolina; and Dylan Crook who signed with Union College.

Erwin Varsity Football Coach Rodney Pruett said, “We couldn’t be more proud. These guys are great on and off the field.” The signing was at the Erwin High School auditorium. Parents, friends, and the entire football team were in attendance along with the coaching staff.

President of the Erwin Booster Club Lynn Snelson Dorsey said, “Coach Pruett does it up right! This is a quality program for these fabulous athletes…We can’t wait to see these Warriors take it to the next level.”

Pennell, at 6’ 2” – 225 pounds played middle linebacker and tight end for the Warriors. His college, Gardner–Webb University, according to Wikipedia “is a private, four-year Christian university in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Founded as Boiling Springs High School in 1905 as a Baptist institution, it is currently the youngest North Carolina Baptist university. It is affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.” Gardner–Webb is a NCAA Division I athletic school.

At 6’ 1” and 240 pounds, Gouge played Defensive tackle and guard for Erwin. His college, Mars Hill University, according to Wikipedia, is a private liberal arts university in Mars Hill, North Carolina. The university offers 35 majors and includes a school of nursing and graduate schools in education, criminal justice, and management. Mars Hill is a NCAA Division II athletic school.

Luther, at 6’ 3” and 300 pounds, played defensive tackle for the Warriors, is headed to Western Carolina. Wikipedia describes the university as “…a public university in Cullowhee…It is part of the University of North Carolina system. The fifth oldest institution of the sixteen four-year universities in the UNC system.” Western is a NCAA Division I athletic school.

And Crook, 6’ 2” and 296 pounds, played as a Warrior center and defensive tackle. Crook signed with Union College, in Schenectady, NY. “Union College became the first college chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York in 1795. The name Union reflected the founders’ desire to create a welcoming, unified academic community open to all the diverse religious and national groups in the region,” says the college’s website. “Today, Union remains one of the oldest non-denominational colleges in the country with a rich history that blends respect for tradition with an emphasis on continuous innovation and with distinguished graduates spanning over two centuries.” Union is a NCAA Division III athletic school.


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