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LUCI WELDON/The Warren Record

Three Warren County High School seniors are all smiles after signing to play football at Chowan University. Pictured, from the left, are, front row: Eagles football standouts Reuben Palmer, Timothy Edwards and Talik Jones; back row: Paul Plummer, WCHS dean of students, assistant athletic director and director of the school’s Young Men’s Club; LaAlice Hopkins, WCHS principal; Timothy Edwards, Edwards’ father; Terrance McCormick, WCHS football coach; Walter Powell, county commissioner; Sabrina Jones, Jones’ mother; and Jack Watson, Jones’ uncle, wearing photograph in tribute to Jones’ grandfather, the late Larry Jones.

Warren County High School seniors Timothy Edwards, Talik Jones and Reuben Palmer last week signed with Chowan University in Murfreesboro to continue their football careers together.

The young men are excited to be on the same team once again in the fall, and their WCHS football coach, Terrance McCormick, believes that the Chowan University Hawks will be gaining three outstanding players.

“I’m very proud of them,” McCormick said during a Feb. 6 signing ceremony. “They have worked hard for this moment.”

Edwards, a resident of the Norlina/Ridgeway area, is the son of Timothy Edwards and Zaccarra Knight. He played football for the Warren County Eagles as a freshman, junior and senior, receiving Most Versatile Lineman honors.

Edwards has also run track and field, and is active in robotics. He is a member of the DECA Club, an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service.

Jones, a Warrenton resident, is the son of Sabrina Jones. A multi-sport athlete, he has played football throughout his high school career, receiving the Coaches Award. Jones has received the Best Jumper Award in track and field, and he has played basketball over the past three years.

Active in WCHS student government, Jones serves as vice president of the senior class.

Palmer, a resident of Norlina, is the son of Boyd and Mary Palmer, and has played football throughout his high school career.

He has received the Best Defensive Player award and represented the North in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl earlier this year.

McCormick became emotional describing what working with Edwards, Jones and Palmer has meant to him. 

“I feel like these are my boys, my sons,” he said. “I raised them from ninth grade to now. It has been a blessing.”

McCormick said that the players asked about playing football at the college level since they were freshmen and never stopped talking with him about it.

“I told them if they did what they are supposed to do in the classroom and on the field, their time will come,” he said. “I am very proud. They will do well at the next level.”

WCHS Principal LaAlice Hopkins described Edwards, Jones and Palmer as great all-around student-athletes who combined academics, football talent, focus and determination.

“I am super proud of all of them,” Hopkins said. “They have overcome some difficult obstacles and have a bright future.”

Paul Plummer, WCHS dean of students, assistant athletic director and director of the school’s Young Men’s Club, agreed, saying that the Edwards, Jones and Palmer are not only talented athletes, but great students as well.

The three student-athletes can look forward to an exciting future together as they complete their senior year of high school.

“Playing college football was their dream,” McCormick said.