Baulkman, Carroll sign Thursday

Published 1:44 pm Friday, February 8, 2013

READY FOR COLLEGE BALL: Bainbridge High School Beacats football players Dontavious Baulkman, seated left, and Aquivius Carroll, seated center, signed national football letters of intent Thursday with Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., and Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Ark., as their families observed. Seated at the right is Carroll’s aunt Samantha Lightfoot. In back, from left to right are Baulkman’s mother Ronnika Baulkman, Baulkman’s stepfather Gordon Sceen Jr., Carroll’s grandfather Lorenzo Murphy, Carroll’s grandmother Mary Murphy and Carroll’s cousin Kaneisha Jones, who is holding his cousin KaMiyah Brown.

Bainbridge High School free safety Dontavious Baulkman and senior right guard Aquivius Carroll signed national college football letters of intent Thursday afternoon.

Baulkman signed with the Garden City Community College Bronc Busters, of Garden City, Kan., and Carroll signed with the Arkansas Baptist College Buffaloes, of Little Rock, Ark.

Looking on as they signed in the school gymnasium’s hospitality room were Baukman’s mother and stepfather, Ronnika Baulkman and Gordon Screen Jr., Carroll’s grandmother and grandfather, Mary Murphy and Lorenzo Murphy, Carroll’s aunt Samantha Lightfoot, and Carroll’s cousin Monisha Jones.

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Baulkman, a first-team selection on the All-Region 1-AAAAA defensive team, led the Bearcats with 93 tackles, including 59 solo and 34 assisted, and had four tackles for a loss. He had one interceprion this past season, and five his junior season.

Bainbridge coach Ed Pilcher said he was very proud of both players, who were integral parts of his Bearcats team.

“I’m always happy when good young men like Dontavious and Aquivius get an opportunity to continue their a education and athletic careers at the next level,” he said. “Dontavious was first team All-Region and Aquivius had a strong performance in the Georgia-Florida Border Wars All-Star game.”