First Posted: 5/18/2009
DOBSON For two Surry Central football players, the phrase hard work pays off has finally rung true.
As family and coaches looked on Monday, seniors Brett Boyles and Jared Cave signed letters of intent to play college football at Lenior-Rhyne and Catawba, respectively.
After having tough luck in the wins column over the past several years, these two Golden Eagles have proven the quality of their program by performing well enough to be considered for the next level.
Boyles, Centrals starting quarterback for more than two seasons, will head to Hickory and Lenoir-Rhyne University, while Cave, a starting offensive lineman and the Golden Eagles only representative from the 2008 Mountain Valley all-conference team, will head to Salisbury and the Catawba College Indians.
Both schools are members of the Division II South Atlantic Conference, and serve as each others most heated rival.
Coach Monty Southern, who has worked with the duo since their move from middle to high school, said the aspect the two players posses which he thinks piqued the interest of college programs was not only their football abilities, but their ability and willingness to improve.
Both these young men, the reason why they are in the position they are is because they both have continued to work hard, Southern said. Even since football season has been over, both have gotten stronger and their work ethic, day in and day out, has continued to be strong. When I talked to their coaches, I told them that both Jared and Brett work hard but they both are smart enough to realize they are no where near their full potential yet and that they would continue to work hard for those coaches.
Both Boyles and Cave said they had been in contact with their respective schools for the past two months and are looking forward to the transition from 2-A football to D-II.
It will be fun and different size-wise and with the speed of the game I am sure, Boyles said. It will be interesting. First I will have to learn things as far as their system and what they do and then really just getting used to college life. Hopefully within a year, maybe sooner, I can help them do better things.
Cave said he always wanted to continue his playing career on into college, but never thought it would happen until it finally did.
I wanted to keep going but I wasnt really expecting to, Cave said. I dont know, I just hope I can keep up with it and they arent too much bigger than I am.
Caves mother. Sheila. said she couldnt be happier with her sons achievements.
I am really proud of him, she said. I was always proud of him because I am his mom, but when he made the all-conference team, thats when I really realized he was good at it.
Boyles father, Byron, said he is happy with Bretts decision and dedication and with the program at Surry Central for fostering his sons talent.
My wife, Dana, and I are very proud of Brett and the fact that he has chosen to move on and play a sport beyond high school, he said. We are very pleased and happy with the opportunities that Surry Central gave him that made this possible. The coaching staff here has just treated him great.
Strictly speaking football, Coach Southern said Boyles and Cave had great senior seasons for the Eagles, with Boyles equaling or breaking many of Surry Centrals single season major passing records and Cave gaining the respect of opposing teams.
For Boyles, Southern said he was happy to have had such a versatile QB over a three-year period. Southern said he first saw Brett while his brother, Ty, was playing baseball for the Golden Eagles.
I can remember his brother Ty (Boyles) saying, as we watched him play in middle school, My brother is eat up with football, Southern said. I thought Well you know hes going to end up being a baseball player, which he is and a very good baseball player, but he just improved every year for us. As a sophomore he started some for us and by the end of the year he had really won the job outright. His junior year he had a great year and I thought he capped it off with an outstanding senior season. When I started going back through our records he either broke or tied pretty much every major passing category we have.
Southern said Cave showed his worth by being a stalwart on the Eagles offensive line and a vocal team leader.
Jared had a great season, too. He was our only representative on the all-conference team and I thought that was very indicative of what the other coaches thought of him, Southern said. Any type of team like that is one of those deals where a coach cant vote for his own kid. You might think of the world of him but if the other coaches dont think they are very good it doesnt matter. For him to get that type of respect showed a lot for the type season he had.
Boyles and Cave both joked about being able to look across the field at each other and have their teams fight for bragging rights.
Catawba and Lenior-Rhyne are traditional rivals, with each ending its respective season with their annual meeting, this season set to take place Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Salisbury.
This season Catawba will enjoy UNC transfer quarterback Cam Sexton and look to improve on a 6-4 overall record and a No. 12 end of season ranking. Lenior-Rhyne will look to improve on a disappointing 3-8 season.
Contact Thomas Smith at [email protected] or 719-1920.