Four Tomcats sign to play college football


Four Haywood High School Tomcats signed on the dotted line Friday morning, February 10, to play football for two Tennessee universities. Montavious Pugh (15), Brandon Taylor (3), Isaiah Hess (76) and Travion Bailey (55) will begin their collegiate football careers this fall. They are pictured with Tomcat Head Coach Steve Hookfin and HHS Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Tim Seymour.

Coach Hookfin said, “It’s good to play football, but the objective that they should be most excited about is to continue their education, earn a meaningful degree and come back and impact their community in a positive way.” The Tomcats ended their season with 10 wins and 2 losses and the District title. This is Coach Hookfin’s second year as the Tomcat head football coach.

Brandon Taylor will play for Cumberland University in Lebanon. He was a Linebacker for HHS and is pictured with his mother, Qianca McCullar, and brother, Tristan Taylor.

Montavious Pugh will play for Bethel University. He was a Wide Receiver for the Tomcats. Pictured with him are his sister, Cortasia Stewart, and his teammate, Tristan Jarrett.

Isaiah Hess will play for Bethel University. He was a Center for the Tomcats. He is pictured with his parents, Natasha Hess and Clinton Hess.

Travion Bailey will play for Bethel University. He was a Defensive End and Outside Linebacker for HHS. He is pictured with his Aunt Patricia Byars, and his cousins Debra Green and Rakayla Currie.