Former Buffalo Bills and Jackson State and Scotlandville High School standout Leon Seals is scheduled to return to Scotlandville High on Friday night to honor the school as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Initiative.
“I’ll be coming back to the school for the first time in 20 years and I am excited about it,” Seals said. “This is something the NFL contacted me about. As the 50th Super Bowl approaches, they’re honoring the high schools where some of the players who took part in it (Super Bowl) played.
“I look forward to coming back to visit with some classmates and former coaches. And I’ve heard some great things about the team too. I’m looking forward to see them play.”
Seals will present a Wilson Golden Football to the school during the festivities. Scotlandville (5-1, 0-1) hosts Central (4-2, 1-0) for a key District 4-5A game.
Seals, a defensive lineman, played in two Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills. He is a 1982 Scotlandville graduate and played at Jackson State from 1982-87 before playing five seasons with the Bills and one with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Former Scotlandville Principal Howard Davis and current East Baton Rouge Parish Athletics Coordinator Armond Brown were two of Seals’ coaches at Scotlandville. Seals resides in Clinton, Mississippi.
The LHSAA sent out a communication to member schools last week aimed at halting complaints about profane language at athletic contests.
“It’s a pretty simple rule of thumb,” LHSAA Assistant Executive Director Keith Alexander said. “If you can’t say it in the classroom, you shouldn’t say it on the playing field or court.”
The memo said profane language is considered an unsportsmanlike act that coaches, student/athletes, administrators, faculty members and fans are expected to follow the rule.
Former Zachary High basketball standout Morris Wright of Xavier University was selected as the preseason player for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
Wright averaged 14.9 points per game for the New Orleans-based Gold Rush last season.
- LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic-Morgan City was inducted into the De La Salle Athletic Hall of Fame over the weekend.
- Thanks to Principal Jose Becerra and track/cross country coach Miguel Becerra for their help in tracking down a record.
Former STA distance runner Malia Cali holds the girls three-mile record for the Highland Road Park cross country course. Cali ran a time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds in 2009.