Williford: This team will go down in history
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
FARMVILLE -- It was a time of celebration at Farmville Central on Tuesday night, as team members from this year's Jaguars' 2-A state champion boys' basketball team received their state championship rings.
FC defeated Forest Hills, 86-71, on March 16 to claim its second title in four seasons.
"This is what it's all about," head coach and school athletic director Larry Williford said. "It's about lifetime memories. This group will be bonded together for the rest of their lives. I look forward to staying in contact with the ones that are graduating and the ones that are returning to play. This group, 2019, will go down in history as one of the best basketball teams in the state of North Carolina."
The golden rings featured plenty shine, along with a specially engraved side piece that read 32-0, the Jaguars' pristine season record.
"It feels great (to have the ring)," rising senior guard Justin Wright said. "It's my first ring. I love it, and I'm looking forward to getting another one next year. I just love it."
Wright is one of the biggest returning names next season, alongside backcourt teammate, rising junior Terquavion Smith.
"I'm ready to ball out next season," Wright said. "I'm going to show people a different killer on the court."
Recently graduated seniors, such as forward Dyquavis Wilkins, also got to soak in the glory. Wilkins is in his final moments in Farmville before heading off to Tusculum University in Tennessee to continue his hoops career.
"It feels good, all the hard work paid off," he said." I'm just glad it was here, playing alongside my childhood friends."
Wilkins described his initial reaction to seeing his ring with just two simple words: "It's big."
After winning a title in 2016, FC will look to make it three titles in five seasons in 2020. If the Jags can accomplish that feat, it could solidify a dynasty-like run for the 2-A East powerhouse program.
"Basketball is important in Farmville," Williford said. "There is an expectation when you come to Farmville to play from the guys that came before you and what's expected. We're going to challenge ourselves this summer. It's one of the hardest summer schedules we've ever had, and our nonconference schedule next year is the toughest we've ever had."
For players returning, such as Smith and Wright, the quest for another title begins today. The Jaguars will pack up and head to Raleigh for N.C. State's summer team camp.
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