MOULTRIE – Alex Williams now has a national championship ring to slide on a finger next to the one for being a member of a state champion.
Williams, a defensive end on the Valdosta State team that won the Division II national championship in a wild, 49-47 victory over Ferris State, also was a member of Colquitt County’s 2014 state championship team.
Both teams finished their seasons without a loss.
Williams had two unassisted tackles in the Blazers’ victory over Ferris State in the national championship game that was held Dec. 15, in McKinney, Texas.
He finished his senior season for the 14-0 Blazers with 19 total tackles. Five of those tackles were for losses. Three were sacks.
Williams signed with Valdosta State after being a starter at defensive end on the 2014 Colquitt County team that went 15-0 in 2014.
He was credited with 79 tackles as a senior, including 18 for losses. He had 5.5 sacks.
He also was a key player on the 2013 Colquitt County team that went 11-3 and was ousted in the state semifinals on a rainy night in Norcross.
That season he had 63 tackles, including five for losses.
By the way, the national championship was the fourth for Valdosta State, which also took titles in 2004, 2007 and 2012.
And former Packers were part of those national champions as well.
In 2004, running back Tyran Robinson helped the Blazers to the title.
In 2007, Sherard Reynolds, C.A. Sanders and Josh Brown were on the roster. And in 2012, D’Amonte Ridley, Quin Roberson, Amel Magwood and Davis Durham earned national championship rings.
Of this and that:
• Four former Packers have competed in college bowl games, including Tomarcio Reese, who played his final college game in Georgia Southern’s 23-21 final-play victory over Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl.
Reese, one of the Eagles captains, was credited with two solo and three assisted tackles in the game. He also had Southern’s only sack in the game.
In his final season in Statesboro, Reese had 28 solo and 36 assisted tackles.
Five tackles were for losses. He also had an interception.
Reese played his final two seasons with Southern after two seasons of junior college football.
In his 24-game career at Southern, he had 52 solo and 57 assisted tackles, nine tackles for losses, four sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
Also playing a big role in Georgia Southern’s Camellia Bowl win was nose tackle Ty Phillips who had four total tackles and a pass breakup.
He finished his junior season with 36 total tackles, including 2.5 sacks.
• Ty Lee had four catches for 55 yards in Middle Tennessee State’s 45-17 loss to Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl.
Lee finished his junior season with 71 catches for 883 yards and seven touchdowns.
Already one of the school’s leading receivers, Lee has 213 catches for 2,537 yards and 21 touchdowns in his three seasons.
• Tulane defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 41-24 in the Autonational Cure Bowl.
Tirise Barge contributed to the Green Wave’s success this season with 21 solo and three assisted tackles from his safety position. He also had five tackles for losses.
• Two other former Packers also will be playing in bowl games.
John Samuel Shenker and his Auburn teammates will face Purdue on Friday in the Music City Bowl, which will be televised at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Former Colquitt County player and coach Bryce Giddens is a graduate assistant on the Auburn staff.
And South Carolina, where Kiel Pollard is beginning to become a bigger part of the offense, will face Virginia in the Belk Bowl on Saturday. The game, which will be televised on ABC, will kick off at noon.
• And congratulations to former Colquitt County pitcher Buck Blalock, now playing at ABAC, for being named to the Dean’s List with a 4.0 grade point average.
• Za’Nautica Downs is averaging 13.1 points and has scored 20 points or more three times for the Florida Southwestern State College women’s basketball team. The Buccaneers are off to a 13-2 start.
• Dexshalyn Polite is averaging 7.0 points for Middle Georgia State and Diamond Hall is averaging 6.4 points for Alcorn State.
• At Dakota State at Bottineau, Nizarre Thompson is averaging 9.5 points for the men’s basketball team.
He scored 28 against Casper College and 16 against the University of Jamestown’s junior varsity.
• At Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas, DaNas Andrews is averaging 10.2 points; Tyrese King is averaging 8.5 points; and Jy Andrews is averaging 0.7 points.
DaNas has scored in double-digits in six games in a row.
He had 19 against Central Baptist and 17 against LSU-Alexandria.