When it comes to Sangster, beware of the smile

By Austin Bishop

The Winston County Journal

 

There was never really much doubt that Jeremy Sangster was going to play High School football. After all, he is a Sangster and he does live in Louisville.

“They always say keep the tradition going,” Sangster said of his family members who have played many a game for the Wildcats of Louisville High School. “They always tell me when you have kids, they will play too and one day the people will say ‘wow there is another Sangster playing ball.’’

Jeremy Sangster has certainly played ball well for the Wildcats over the past four seasons. So well in fact that the 6-foot-1, 230 pound senior linebacker has been chosen to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Stat Classic that will kick-off noon on Saturday at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.

“That’s a big honor for me,” said Sangster, who led the Wildcats with more than 150 tackles this season, including 30 that were behind the line of scrimmage. “I didn’t know I was going to be picked for it, but I’m ready to play.”

Sometimes it appears Sangster is all over the field, ranging from sideline to sideline from his middle linebacker position.

“I watch football and I get an idea of tendencies of what to do on the field and it helps me to read the play,” he said. “And I just keep running until I get the ball I don’t stop until I get there.” And he gets there an awful lot.

“We have got to find a way to stop No. 28,” Hazlehurst head coach Randall Montgomery said of Sangster heading into last week’s MHSAA Class 3A State Championship Game that the Wildcats won 30-28. “You have to know where he is at all times.”

He really is pretty easy to find. He will be the guy running to the football with a big smile on his face.

“Ii am really not all that nasty,” Sangster said of his personality.  “Everybody says I’m nice and two sweet-hearted and I’m soft as a teddy bear. But when those field lights come on it’s time to play ball and you have to your game face on.”

Louisville High School head coach M.C. Miller said that always-present smile on Sangster’s face can be misleading.

“He may have a smile on his face,but he will knock your brains out,” Miller said. “He’s always smiling. Even when he hits you, he’s still mailing.”

The players who have tried to block Sangster and run past him for yardage throughout his career, may be a little surprised about how the college prospect spends his time off the field.

“I love Sponge Bob,” Sangster said. “I watch it all the time. If I’m not playing football, that’s what I’m doing. As soon as the game’s over, I ‘m ready to go watch TV.”

Sangster grew up with a desire in his heart to help bring a state championship to Louisville.

“I watched them win a couple by beating Franklin County and Tylertown,” Sangster said. “I was just in junior high school but I said I am going to get there one day. I don’t know how, but I’m going to do it.”

Now that Sangster has completed his high school playing days, he is looking toward the future and it most certainly involve football.

“I just love it,” he said. “Before the game I am getting ready in pre game and there is the aroma of the food (being prepared at the concession stand) and walking on the field and the stink of the field house. I say ‘man, I’m ready to play.’”

At this point he is being recruited by several junior colleges and is leaning toward Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

“But If i can get my ACT (score) up, I would love to go to Ole Miss,” he said. “But mainly, I just want to play ball.”

After all, he is a Sangster.

inebacker Jeremy Sangster, in as a running back, enroute to a touchdown.

inebacker Jeremy Sangster, in as a running back, enroute to a touchdown.