Smith-Cotton High School senior Everett Wood has accepted an athletic scholarship to wrestle and play sprint football at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill.

Wood, the son of Samantha and Everett Wood, was a four-year varsity letterman for the S-C wrestling program and a two-year captain.

As a senior, he was district champion at 195 pounds and a state qualifier. During his
Tigers football career, he earned second-team All-District recognition as a junior and first-team All-District as a senior. He was named to the KMZU Dream Team twice, was the Tigers’ leading tackler both his junior and senior years and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

Wood will be part of two teams in their inaugural seasons for the Hawks, who are launching both sprint football and wrestling in 2022. Sprint football uses standard American football rules but emphasizes quickness and agility over size and strength. The players’ weight limit is 178 pounds.

“Sprint football is an opportunity for people who aren’t the biggest on the field to be able to go out and still do what they love,” Wood said. Smith-Cotton Wrestling Head Coach Joe Hulsey said, “Everett has worked hard all four years of high school to accomplish his goals of being a college athlete. He shows up every day willing to learn and get better. Everett's work ethic is a quality that will take him wherever he wants to go in life. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.”

In the photo:  Smith-Cotton High School senior Everett Wood has accepted an athletic
scholarship to wrestle and play sprint football at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. Seated with him are his parents, Samantha and Everett Wood; back, from left, Smith-Cotton Principal Wade Norton, S-C Wrestling Head Coach Joe Hulsey, S-C Football Offensive Coordinator Mike Franklin, and S-C Athletic Director Rob Davis