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Backfield Bruisers: Columbus Valley Running Backs

School has just begun, and the fall months mean football is headed our way. Each year just prior to football season, In The Game High School Sports Magazine highlights a particular position in the game of football. For the 2015 school year, ITG put out the call for local high school coaches to send us the best running backs around. The result was 16 outstanding running backs from the Chattahoochee Valley showing up at Calvary Christian School’s new football field for this feature. These guys are a testimony to the kind of talent high schools in this area produce. Each one has unique abilities and is a vital part of their individual teams. Friday nights under the stadium lights will be a little more exciting because of these stellar athletes.


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Name: Prather Hudson

Age: 18

Parents: Edward and Maxine Hudson

High School: Brookstone School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 5’1”

Weight: 185

Position: CB/RB

Coach: Scott Pethtel

How long have you been playing football? Since I was four.

Favorite food: Steak

Best Movie: Remember the Titans

What do you like to do in your spare time? Fishing

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Auburn

Person you would most like to meet: Gale Sayers

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? The brotherhood that forms between the players.


 

Name: Anthony Santiagoweb rbs inset2 CV 0815

Age: 17

Parents: Hector Ostolaza and Lorina Santiago-Ostolaza

High School: Calvary Christian School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 207

Position: FB

Coach: Brian Osborne

How long have you been playing football? Three years

Favorite food: Red Snapper

Best movie: Inception

What do you like to do in your spare time? Shoot

Favorite sports team (college or professional): New England Patriots

Person you would most like to meet: Tom Brady

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? It’s challenging and fun.


 

web rbs inset12 CV 0815Name: Jaquaze Gaines

Age: 17

Parents: Tanetia Gaines

High School: Carver High School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 195

Position: RB

Coach: Coach Kegler

How long have you been playing football? Since 7 (years old)

Favorite food: Cubed steak

Best movie: Gridiron Gang

What do you like to do in your spare time? Work out and chill with my family.

Favorite sports team (college or professional): I like Auburn

Person you would most like to meet: Tavon Austin

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? Because when I play football is the only time I am happy and at peace.


Name: Jaxton Carsonweb rbs inset9 CV 0815

Age: 16

Parents: Jason Carson and Tomeka Carson

High School: Central High School

Graduating class: 2017

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 201

Position: RB

Coach: Jamie Dubose

How long have you been playing football? 11 years

Favorite food: Pizza

Best movie: Friday Night Lights

What do you like to do in your spare time? Draw and play video games

Favorite sports team (college or professional): University of Alabama

Person you would most like to meet: Trent Richardson

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? The thrill of displaying my talents on the field.


 

web rbs inset13 CV 0815Name: Kenjavis Poole

Age: 17

Parents: Salanda Brown

High School: Chattahoochee County High School

Graduating class: 2017

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 190

Position: RB

Coach: Josh Kemp

How long have you been playing football? All my life

Favorite food: Fried chicken

Best movie: American Sniper

What do you like to do in your spare time? Lift weights

Favorite sports team (college or professional): LSU

Person you would most like to meet: Jesus

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? I like to knock dudes out.


 

Name: Ja’Quan Masonweb rbs inset5 CV 0815

Age: 18

Parents: Shaletha Mason

High School: Columbus High School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 6’

Weight: 193

Position: RB/SS

Coach: Phillip Marino

How long have you been playing football? Five years

Favorite food: Pizza

Best movie: Step Brothers

What do you like to do in your spare time? Play basketball

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Seattle Seahawks

Person you would most like to meet: Kam Chancellor

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? I love the contact. It’s a sport where everyone and anyone can be aggressive.


 

web rbs inset4 CV 0815Name: Quan Holt

Age: 17

Parents: Sabrina Holt

High School: Glenwood School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 6’

Weight: 220

Position: RB/OLB

Coach: Tripp Henderson

How long have you been playing football? Six years

Favorite food: Chicken, pizza, milkshakes

Best movie: Grease

What do you like to do in your spare time? Sleep

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Auburn Tigers

Person you would most like to meet: Ray Lewis

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? I enjoy the sport of football because it teaches you how to build character and it separates the men from the boys.


 

Name: Marco Leeweb rbs inset17 CV 0815

Age: 15

Parents: Tiffany and Marco Lee

High School: Hardaway High School

Graduating class: 2018

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 185

Position: RB/LB

Coach: Jeff Battles

How long have you been playing football? For six years

Favorite food: Hot wings

Best movie: Friday

What do you like to do in your spare time? Play basketball

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Oregon Ducks

Person you would most like to meet: Adrian Peterson

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? I enjoy playing football because I enjoy working hard and having physical contact.


 

web rbs inset7 CV 0815Name: Jacob Rovig

Age: 17

Parents: Tim and Tracie Rovig

High school: Harris County High School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 6’

Weight: 200

Position: RB/LB

Coach: Dwight Jones

How long have you been playing football? 13 years (since I was four)

Favorite food: Prime Rib

Best movie: Shooter

What do you like to do in your spare time? Hunt and fish

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Georgia Bulldogs

Person you would most like to meet: Mark Wahlberg

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? I love running the football, big hits, and Friday Night Lights


 

Name: Jaden Jordanweb rbs inset3 CV 0815

Age: 16

Parents: Jeneka Jordan and Meredith Benton

High school: Jordan Vocational High School

Graduating class: 2017

Height: 5’7”

Weight: 170

Position: FS/DB/RB/WR

Coach: Jim Brown

How long have you been playing football? Since 7th grade

Favorite food: Pizza

Best movie: Any Given Sunday

What do you like to do in your spare time? Listen to music

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Auburn University/Seattle Seahawks

Person you would most like to meet? T.J. Yeldon

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? It’s physical and I enjoy the teamwork from players, and I am a team player.


 

web rbs inset11 CV 0815Name: Walter Boze IV

Age: 17

Parents: Amanda and Frank Walker; Walter Boze III

High School: Kendrick High School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 5’7”

Weight: 165

Position: RB

Coach: Cedric Ware

How long have you been playing football? All my life.

Favorite food: Chicken

Best movie: Gridiron Gang

What do you like to do in your spare time? Work out

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Oregon Ducks

Person you would most like to meet: De’Anthony Thomas

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? It builds character and I love the game.


 

Name: Mykelle Kelleyweb rbs inset1 CV 0815

Age: 18

Parents: Marie Burton; Michael Kelley

High School: Marion County  Middle High School

Graduating class: 2017

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 170

Position: RB

Coach: Mike Swaney

How long have you been playing football? Since middle school

Favorite food: Pizza

Best movie: Fifty Shades of Grey

What do you like to do in your spare time? Play street basketball

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Georgia State

Person you would most like to meet Todd Gurley

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? Very competitive, fun, physical and it takes a man to play the sport, so I’m a man.


 

web rbs inset10 CV 0815Name: Kalan Watts

Age: 17

Parents: Frank Watts

High School: Northside High School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 185

Position: RB

Coach: Morgan Ingram

How long have you been playing football? Since I was five years old.

Favorite food: Pizza and hot wings

Best movie: When the Game Stands Tall

What do you like to do in your spare time? Play Xbox

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Lebron James

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? My first love


 

Name: DeAndre’ Bowman IIweb rbs inset16 CV 0815

Age: 17

Parents: DeAndre’ and Chari Bowman

High school: Pacelli School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 5’10” 

Weight: 180

Position: RB

Coach: Alan Griffin

How long have you been playing football? 12 years

Favorite food: Pizza

Best movie: Bourne Legacy

What do you like to do in your spare time? Video games

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Lakers

Person you would most like to meet: Reggie Bush

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? The high intensity of the game and the contact.


 

web rbs inset6 CV 0815Name: Jermaine Hernandez

Age: 17

Parents: Brendaliz Medina-Torres

High School: Spencer High School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 5’6”

Weight: 145

Position: WR

Coach: Pierre Coffey

How long have you been playing football? ??

Favorite food: Pizza

Best movie: Spirit

What do you like to do in your spare time? Hang out with friends

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Ohio State/Dallas Cowboys

Person you would most like to meet? Dez Bryant

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? Football helps me to realize what I’m capable of and reminds me that I can be successful. Football has always been my favorite thing to do.


 

Name: Sydarrian K. Cobbweb rbs inset15 CV 0815

Age: 17

Parents: Velyon and Cory Cobb

High School: Shaw High School

Graduating class: 2016

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 175

Position: RB

Coach: Coach Charles Stamey

How long have you been playing football? Since I was seven years old

Favorite food: Pizza

Best movie: Friday Night Lights

What do you like to do in your spare time? Play my PS3 and PS4, fish, and watch football highlights

Favorite sports team (college or professional): Alabama

Person you would most like to meet: DeMarco Murray

Why do you enjoy the sport of football? I just love the game and hope my talents can take me somewhere in life.


 

Columbus Valley/Football feature/August 2015

Running Backs

By Beth Welch

Photos by Jerry Christenson

Local running backs rushing to begin football season