Worth County star offensive lineman Marquavion Mency, front row, center, is surrounded by family, friends and Rams coaches during his signing ceremony at the school Wednesday. Mency signed with Bellhaven. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SYLVESTER — For Worth County offensive lineman Marquavion Mency, it was always there in the back of his mind. He always thought he might have a chance to earn a college football scholarship.
Mency saw that day come Wednesday morning when he signed a letter-of-intent to accept a scholarship to Bellhaven University in Mississippi.
“I always knew I could get a scholarship if I worked hard,'” said Mency, who was a tough and solid left tackle at Worth, where he earned the reputation as one of the team's hardest workers. “I'm so happy. At one point I didn't think I was going to get a scholarship, but everything worked out. But even then, I knew if I gave it my all that someone would pick me up.”
Mency signed amid a large group of family and friends in the Worth cafeteria and flashed a big smile as he signed his name.
Former football coach Scotty Ward, who coached Mency, was smiling, too.
“I am just ecstatic that he got a scholarship,” Ward said. “He had to work for everything he has gotten. He's really a great kid and a hard worker. He's just a good ol’ country boy from Warwick.”
Mency played as a sophomore and started his last two years at Worth, anchoring a line for a Rams offense that reached the playoffs every year he was at Worth County.
He was a force as a senior and graded out at 85 percent for the season, while recording 25 pancake blocks. He was named to the Region 1-AAAA team and to The Herald's All-Area team.
“He played as a 10th-grader and started as a junior and senior, and he was a leader for us as a senior,” Ward said. “He improved every year.”
Mency, who is 5-foot-11 and weighs 254 pounds, said when he visited Bellhaven in Jackson, Miss., that he knew it was the right fit.
“When I took my trip there they made me feel like I was at home,” he said. “I felt like I was at home. I liked the campus and I liked the coaches. I looked at Clark Atlanta, but it was Bellhaven for me.”
Mency has a 3.2 GPA and plans on majoring in sports administration.