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HAMMOCK: Archer's history, other happenings

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Step inside The Lodge at Brookwood and the wall is covered with photos of the football program’s college players since the school opened in 1981.

Buried in the photos, some black-and-white and some in color, is a West Georgia portrait of a young Andy Dyer. Now the head football coach at Archer, Dyer’s image remains at his alma mater nearly 20 years after he graduated high school.

When Dyer starts that same tradition for college players at Archer, the first five kids up on the wall will have a special place in his heart. The Tigers had their first college signees this year, with Kris Hurley signing with Georgia Military College back in February and Martin Williams, Mychal Hines, JoJo Walden and Lalou Sanni joining him last week when they pledged to Pikeville College.

When their college photos return to Archer, it will be a special memory for those players, guys who set the tone in the program’s first two seasons and were rewarded with college scholarships. They’ll be part of a special tradition, one that Dyer knows well.

Robinson’s right choice

I was excited to hear this week that Providence Christian had hired Ken Robinson as its first head football coach.

Robinson’s football experience is a plus — he coached at Greater Atlanta Christian for years, was a four-year letter winner at South Carolina and played in the NFL — but it’s his off-the-field make-up that the folks at Providence will love.

You won’t meet a nicer guy in the football coaching ranks, and his strong Christian base fits perfectly into the Stars’ mission. It’s tough not to wish the best for Robinson and Providence’s new team.

Tough call for Broncos

It was a tough blow for Brookwood’s girls soccer team, one that contributed to a 1-0 loss Tuesday night in the state playoffs, that talented forward Washida Blackman had to sit out the match.

But give the Broncos’ administrators credit for standing by their rules. Because Blackman missed the majority of school Tuesday with an illness and doctor’s appointment, she wasn’t allowed to play in Brookwood’s playoff game that night.

Bronco athletic director Mark Kimbro said other players in other sports have sat out games and practices because of the same rule, so the school stayed consistent in its ruling on Blackman.

Brookwood could have bent the rules easily and let Blackman play. Instead stayed consistent, even if it meant sitting out a star soccer player.

Will Hammock can be reached via e-mail at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays. For archived columns, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com/willhammock.