PRATTVILLE Smothered, covered, chunked and….Lion-ed?
OK, they might not be on the menu, but if you go into either Waffle House location in Prattville, you can see the Lion pride.
Prattville football players Keith Washington, Kenny Thomas and Seth Knotts were given a jersey dedication ceremony at the Waffle House on Business Park Drive on Monday. The trio was recognized for their efforts with the Lions this season, as well as signing with their respective schools.
“That’s the Prattville community. They just support their kids and they want to do good things for them,” Prattville coach Chad Anderson said. “That’s one more thing for the guys to be honored and to have something they can come back and see a little piece of history for their good season this year.”
A laminated poster of Washington’s No. 2 jersey, Thomas’ No. 79 and Knott’s No. 37 will be hung in the front entrance of both Waffle House locations as a symbol of the community’s support for the school.
Thomas – a 6-foot-6, 325-pound offensive tackle – signed with Louisville last week. He was a Class 7A first-team All-State Selection and recorded 45 pancake blocks.
“It means a lot to know that we have the community behind us and just knowing that we did pretty good this season,” Thomas said. “We didn’t win state, but it’s good knowing that we still have people that still appreciate us and are going to follow us at the next level.”
Knotts signed with West Alabama. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver caught 35 passes for 854 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“It’s a big deal and it means a lot,” Knotts said. “We’re the first ones to be up in Waffle House like this. It’s a pretty big deal.”
Washington – a Michigan signee – was the Advertiser Class 6A-7A All-Metro Player of the Year after throwing for 1,718 yards and 17 touchdowns to go with 1,201 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. He will play defensive back for the Wolverines.
“It’s the first time that Waffle House has done this. I just means the whole community was supporting us and they paid attention to us this year,” Washington said. “They supported us enough to hang our jerseys up, and that means a lot to me. I know it means a lot to these guys too. So hopefully they can hang some more Prattville jerseys up next year.”