Creek’s Riley, Smith, Worthey named to NFF Scholar Watch List

Three Cedar Creek footballers are being recognized for getting the job done on and off the gridiron.

Carson Riley, Seth Smith and Jed Worthey are among 30 high school seniors who have qualified for the National Football Foundation’s Ark-La-Tex Scholar-Athlete Watch List.

NFF Ark-La-Tex Scholar-Athlete Watch List members must have a 3.2 grade point average or better, must be key players for their teams, and must participate in non-sports extracurricular activities at their schools.

Riley is a senior for the Cougars who has starred on the offensive line as well as at his linebacker position.

“Great character young man,” said Creek head coach Matt Middleton. “Always puts others first. The epitome of a great teammate. Quiet. Reserved but does a lot with his actions. He is an exceptional student.”

Seth Smith is a senior who has started on both the Creek offensive line and defensive line in 2021.

“Hard worker, on and off the field,” said Middleton. “Very involved in a number of things. He will be one of those guys who will be highly successful down the road because of the work ethic he has. He is another 3.5 gpa guy.”

Worthey is a senior who leads the Cougars in rushing and has been an integral part of the stellar Creek defense as well.

“Probably one of our more vocal leaders,” said Middleton. “Got a great background. Comes from a business family. Very active. He is one of those that hops in wherever is needed and does whatever is asked of him. I believe he is pushing a 4.0.”

Middleton acknowledged how impressive it is that Creek has three of the 30 nominees.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “Those are three pretty good ones. It is an honor that they are all being recognized. I’ve been blessed to coach these three. They are really good young men. We are blessed to have three of that caliber on one team.”

Annually, after each season, the NFF’s S.M. McNaughton Chapter solicits nominations for its scholarship program, and as many as eight senior scholar-athletes are honored at a banquet in Shreveport.

This Watch List is designed to provide recognition for not just the ultimate scholarship winners, but all of the young men in the Ark-La-Tex, including Louisiana’s entire 318 area code and from Lincoln Parish, who are high-achieving senior football players.

The group of 30 high school seniors named to the National Football Foundation Ark-La-Tex Scholar-Athlete Watch List:

Justin Aaron, DB, Natchitoches Central High School

Caleb Aillet, C, C.E. Byrd High School

Sedric Applewhite Jr., WR/DE, Bossier High School

Tonzaiha Bland, OL/DL, Logansport High School

Caylin Demars, RB, Natchitoches Central High School

Graeme Fidelak, WR, St. Mary’s High School

B.J. Green, DB, Ruston High School

Connor Heard, OL/C, Minden High School

Evan Howe, Linebacker, North DeSoto High School

John Jordan, DB, C.E. Byrd High School

Kelvin Kinney, QB, North DeSoto High School

Gavin LaGrange, OL/DL, St. Mary’s High School

Dqavion Lemons, OL, Southwood High School

Chandler Lytle, LB, Haughton High School

Brayson McHenry, QB, Texas High School, Texarkana

James David Miller, OL/DL, Ouachita Christian High School

Kyle Monroe, QB, Fouke High School

R.J. Moore, WR/K/P, Benton High School

Jake Pieri, DL, Haughton High School

Mitchell Ramsey, RB, Byrd High School

Carson Riley, LB/OT, Cedar Creek High School

Jatareon Robinson, LB, North Webster High School

Davis Sellers, DE/TE, Benton High School

Joshua Sewell, WR. Haughton High School

Seth Smith, OG, Cedar Creek High School

Tre Smith, QB, Red River High School

Tyler Sullivan, WR/DB, Plain Dealing High School

Ryan Todd, DB, C.E. Byrd High School

Tristan Wiley, WR/DB, Ouachita Christian High School

Jed Worthy, CB/TB, Cedar Creek High School

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