Lanett Football Proving School Size Doesn’t Matter


It’s been a busy off-season for Lanett football players Trikweze Bridges and Kristian Story.

They’re two rising players at Lanett High School who’ve been getting a lot of attention on the recruiting trail.

But a few weeks ago, one phone call brought that attention to a new level.

“My mouth just dropped and I was excited,” Bridges said.

“I was speechless,” Story added. “I couldn’t say anything,”

On the other end? Alabama, with an offer for each player.

“After we got the call I looked at him (Bridges) and said man we just did something big,” Bridges said.

That’s because it was the first time since 1994 that Alabama has offered a player at Lanett. Story says to end that drought is special and rewarding.

“It’s all I’ve dreamed of since I was younger,” he said. “So it was special to achieve that dream.”

A Division I offer is one most dream about but what’s even more special about this Lanett squad? Bridges and Story aren’t the only ones.

A total of five Panthers across three different classes have a DI offer. The last time that’s happened? The school can’t remember.

Senior Anquavious Pollard is one of those five. He never thought this would happen to him.

“Honestly I thought I was gonna just be a basketball player,” he said. “I didn’t think football was gonna be for me because I was so skinny.”

His height says otherwise. He currently holds offers from schools like Troy and Florida Atlantic.

With two other players holding various D1 offers, this squad is brimming with talent and with just forty or so players making up the team, they hope to keep proving to everyone that school size doesn’t matter when it comes to getting noticed.

“A small school, they have just as many athletes as any other school,” Story said.

“If you’re 1A, 2A, whatever; work hard, dedicate to it, and your dream will come true,” Bridges added.

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