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Old teammates face off as college rivals
Football buddies

MILLEDGEVILLE --- Quadrez "Disco" Reese and Jonathan Lewis are old football buddies from Warren County High School.

But unlike the days when they played recreation and high school football together in Warrenton, there were some distinct differences. For one thing, they no longer play prep football. They are now members of junior college football teams.

Reese, 21, a sophomore, plays second-string running back and is on the specialty team at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. Lewis, who celebrates his 19th birthday this Saturday, is a freshman middle linebacker with North Carolina Tech.

The two played against each other at Davenport Field in Milledgeville last Saturday.

It was the GMC Bulldogs that prevailed over N.C. Tech 47-14.

"It was real good to see Jonathan again," said Reese. "It's great that we're both playing college football now."

Lewis expressed similar sentiments about his longtime friend, who was a senior when he was a sophomore at Warren County High School.

"We were talking to one another on the field," Lewis said. "I even tackled Disco a couple of times. It felt good. We hugged each other after the game. It was a great feeling."

The two friends jived a little with each other, too.

"He told me a few times early in the game, 'You can't stop me,'" Lewis recalled. "But I did."

Lewis, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 250 pounds, made seven tackles in the game against GMC -- four of which were solo performances.

Reese also was impressive during his playing time. He blocked one punt and assisted a teammate on another blocked punt -- both of which led to Bulldog touchdowns in the game.

Both players are involved in general studies at their respective schools, hoping someday to do well on the SAT and then move on to the major college football level.

In his senior year at WCHS, Reese surpassed the 1,000 yard mark -- a feat that had not been accomplished there in many years.

"That was a great feeling when I rushed for all of those yards," Reese remembered. "I hope I can do that in my college career."

Right now, Reese is hoping the Bulldogs continue to play well and win games.

"I'd like to see us get invited to a bowl game this season," Reese said. "That would be great."

Lewis, too, is hoping for better things where his team is concerned.

"We can do better than we've been doing," Lewis said. "We've just got to start playing like a team and learning how to win."

Web posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009

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