Northview football players Roderick Woods, Jr., left, and LaMikal Kyles signed scholarships with Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Northview football players Roderick Woods, Jr., left, and LaMikal Kyles signed scholarships with Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Remaining Teammates

Published 4:43pm Monday, March 4, 2013

Two members of the state champion Northview Chiefs football team signed scholarships to play at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss. next year.

Linebacker Roderick Woods Jr. and his second cousin, running back LaMikal Kyles signed today in the school’s auditorium.

Kyles racked up 1,362 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns for the Chiefs this season, while Woods got 89 tackles in seven games. Both players were four-year starters for the Chiefs.

“It’s a great day for these two men,” said Chiefs coach Sid Wheatley. “They are the only two players that played as incoming freshmen from our graduating class.”

Wheatley added that he has respect for Northeast Mississippi and its football program.

“This school sends players to four-year schools,” he said.

Woods said he’s excited to play at the next level.

“It means a lot to be able to sign,” he said. “I feel good to be able to go and play college football.”

The 6-foot-1-inch, 235-pound linebacker said he was excited to be a part of the state championship team.

“It meant the world to me,” he said.

The son of Katherine Woods and Roderick Woods Sr. expects to be able to start at linebacker right away at Northeast Mississippi.

Kyles signed his scholarship flanked by his mother, Velvet Kyles and grandmother Annie Davis.

“It’s like a dream come true,” he said after the ceremony. “I’ve always wanted to play at the next level.”

The son of Kyles and Clark Burt said he was also excited to be a part of the Cheifs team this past season.

“It was an outstanding year,” he said. “To me, it was the best season in history.”

Kyles and Woods are the third and fourth members of the football team to sign with colleges this spring.

Blake McCall and Neiko Robinson have both already signed scholarships and Wheatley expects more to come.

“We don’t expect these to be the last two,” he said.

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