2019 Warwick Signing Day (Photo courtesy of Warwick Athletics)
Warwick celebrates late signing day by honoring four student-athletes
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
If you were somewhere stuck under a rock at the beginning of last season or if the Peninsula District isn’t your particular brand of football, you missed a monumental surge by a talented Warwick Raiders program. Warwick opened the season knocking off Granby, Menchville, Hampton and Bethel in route to its first winning streak of four games or more since the 2010 football season. As a matter of fact, it was just the nineteenth time in the last 96 years that the Raiders have built a winning streak of four or more games.
On top of that, Warwick was able to knock off the Crabbers last season for just the second time since 1965. Despite only winning two of its last six contests, Warwick was able to enter the playoffs for the fifth time in the last 10 years. The Raiders were able to accomplish these feats last season off the backs of not only the coaching staff, but also the student-athletes that grew tired of coming up just a little bit short at the end of every season.
On Tuesday, the Raiders took to honoring less than a handful of seniors by hosting a small signing day in the school’s auditorium. For Warwick head coach Corey Hairston, to serve his football players with the distinction they deserve was more than just an honor, it was a responsibility.
“It’s an honor to see our student-athletes move on to bigger and better things,” Hairston said in a statement to recruit757. “I’m proud of how our program is growing and these young men are an accurate reflection of our program. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Deshawn Fauntleroy has been with Warwick since his freshman year. He’s played a multitude of positions during his time as a Raider including fullback, defensive tackle, and middle linebacker. Fauntleroy has committed and signed his letter of intent to attend Campbell University.
Whereas Fauntleroy began his career at Warwick, starting quarterback Tyriq Henderson was a transfer from Denbigh High School. Henderson spent his last season as a Patriot splitting time with Jameer Lukerson before assuming the starting position at Warwick after his sophomore season. The Warwick product proved to be the missing link needed to connect Da’Twon Cox, Tylique Ray, Jordan Lucas, Said Sidibe, and Dayvon Meade together especially with Tayshaun Porter missing the majority of the 2017 season. Henderson committed and signed his letter of intent to attend Bluefield College.
Tylique Ray was another transfer the Raiders were able to secure from inside of the Peninsula District his time coming from Woodside. Ray was a talented acquisition held up behind Demetri Banks and D’Angelo Chesson among others during his sophomore year as a Wolverine. His departure opened the door for D’onte Chesson and Jie Cleveland to assume larger roles, but it also gave Ray the opportunity to increase his effectiveness paired up with Dayvon Meade. Ray committed and signed his letter of intent to attend Virginia State.
Damone Davis shares a story that almost mimics that of Deshawn Fauntleroy. Davis has impacted the Raiders defense since coming on as a sophomore. Warwick had prospects littered all throughout the All-Peninsula District team this past season including Tylique Ray, Deshawn Fauntleroy, and Roderick Webb among others. Right there in the thick of things was also Damone Davis despite only playing in seven game games. Davis committed and signed his letter of intent to attend St. Andrews University.
– Brandon Mitchell