Four sign to play college soccer

Photo by Rebecca Long

Photo by Rebecca Long

By Diane Glidewell


On Thursday, May 13, Jackson High School Boys Soccer Coach Jeff Ford announced that four of his players have signed to play college soccer next year. It was the first time for JHS seniors to sign agreements to play soccer at the college level.

David Grant, head coach of men's soccer at Georgia Military College (GMC), was present at the JHS Media Center to sign agreements with Tech DePalma and Wes Reavis. DePalma and Reavis will play as Bulldogs at GMC in Milledgeville.

DePalma is the son of Christy and Robert Eidson and Mario DePalma. Reavis is the son of Mary and Reavy Reavis.

Jay Glidewell has committed to play men's soccer at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., the alma mater of Coach Ford. Glidewell is the son of Ellen and Tommy Glidewell.

Steven Higginbotham will be playing men's soccer for LaGrange College in LaGrange. He is the son of Susan Price and Michael Higginbotham, Jr.

Goal keeper DePalma and Sweeper Glidewell were named to the first team All-region for 4-AAA. DePalma had six shutouts during the season, and Glidewell had eight assists from throw-ins. Glidewell was also named to the All-region team in 2009.

Midfielder Reavis and Striker Ryan McClendon were named to second team All-region for 4-AAA. Reavis was second for the JHS Red Devils in goals and assists during the 2010 season. McClendon had the most goals on the JHS team, including five match winners.

Higginbotham received Honorable Mention to the All-region team as a midfielder. He plays all positions and had eight assists.

The 2010 JHS Red Devil team, which included 12 senior players, posted the best record ever for a Jackson boys soccer team (9-7-1 overall and 6-3-0 in region play), was the first team to go to play offs, and had the most players named to the All-region team. The team scored 43 goals during the season and allowed 33.

The assistant coach for the JHS boys soccer team was Alan Wise. Wise also coached the junior varsity team. The teams ended their seasons with the First Alumni Game on May 12. The senior boys defeated alumni from 1994-2009 by a score of 9-2 after a close first half.