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Former Pacific gridders to play in college

By DAVE ORNAUER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 11, 2019

Two former Pacific high school football stars are taking their games to the college level come next fall:

-- Hayden Williamson, a fullback and linebacker for Kubasaki the past two seasons, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Citadel, a Division I school in South Carolina, on a 50-percent scholarship, family and Dragons coach Fred Bales said.

-- Elijah Lebron, who played his sophomore and junior years at Matthew C. Perry before transferring to Marion High School of San Antonio, has signed to play for Evangel University, an NAIA school in Springfield, Mo.

In addition to being a two-way star for the Dragons, who went 3-11 in his two seasons there, Williamson put in work over the summer under John Bankhead at California-based Bankhead Routes along with a couple of college showcases. Bankhead has run spring football developmental camps on Okinawa the last two spring vacations and was instrumental in having Kadena defensive lineman Siulagisipai Fuimaono sign an NLI to play for California in the Pacific-12 Conference.

The Citadel, or the Military College of South Carolina, plays in the D-I Southern Conference. The Bulldogs finished 5-6 overall and 4-4 in conference last season.

Lebron played linebacker and running back for the Samurai in the 2016 season, when Perry won the Far East Division II title, and 2017 when the Samurai finished second, before moving on to Marion. Evangel’s Crusaders play in the NAIA Division I Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Crusaders were 9-2 overall and 2-2 in conference in the 2018 season.

“Proud of the young man,” Perry coach Frank Macias said of Lebron.

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