Published 9:11 am Friday, February 8, 2013


Two Bogalusa High School athletes are taking their games to the next level.

Wednesday was National Signing Day, and at 8 a.m., bright an early, quarterback Brian Williams signed a national letter of intent and faxed it to the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where the quarterback will begin his college career next fall.

On Nov. 16, during the NCAA’s early signing period, Lady Jack Gabby Alexander signed a national letter of intent with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where she will play basketball.

Bogalusa High School threw a small party for the pair Wednesday, gathering family members, friends and school personnel for photos and refreshments. Principal Lesley McKinley and Bogalusa Schools Acting Superintendent Willie “Toni” Breaux congratulated the students on their achievements and wished them well in future endeavors.

Williams, a 6-5, 190-pounder, passed for 2,962 yards with 29 touchdowns while guiding the Lumberjacks to a 7-3 record and a 4-1 mark in District 8-3A last fall.

A standout on the basketball court, Williams did not play football until his sophomore year, when he played receiver. He accidentally became quarterback by his junior year when coaches saw him throwing while fooling around with teammates.

Alexander, a 5-11 guard/forward, was an All-District 8-3A player last season and averaged 20 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and four steals a game. She was an All-District 9-3A player as a sophomore, and she’s had a stellar senior season as well.

Alexander, who played AAU ball for the Louisiana Lady Heat, was ranked by BallNPrepGirls. com ranks as the state’s No. 5 senior prospect.