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Four Newport Football Players Sign On At Same School

Four Newport High School senior football players officially committed on Wednesday to continue their athletic careers at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. Ben Senger, Paul Price, Dominic Joseph, and Gage Jones signed letters of intent to play football for the Patriots next fall.

Newport is coming off a successful 2014 season in which they won eight games before falling to Newport Central Catholic in the Class 2A State Quarterfinals. The Wildcats’ strong campaign was largely thanks to the leadership and playmaking abilities of their four future collegiate athletes, according to head coach Matthew Schmitz.

“My dad always said coaching is overrated. You have to have the players to get it done, and we definitely had that in these four guys and our entire senior class this year,” said Schmitz. “It’s neat these four are all going to the same place, too. It makes my traveling a little easier for the next few years.”

“When we took our visit, I really liked the campus and the way they run their football program. It reminded me of home,” said Dominic Joseph, on what attracted him to the University of the Cumberlands. “Plus, I get to play with my brothers for four more years which is great.”

Joseph ran for 927 yards last season and scored 15 total touchdowns. Quarterback Paul Price threw for 1,449 yards, ran for 1,160 more and added 34 total touchdowns. Offensive lineman Ben Senger was the first of the quartet to commit to the University of the Cumberlands.

“I’m proud of these kids, and I’m proud of Newport. It’s special for our high school to see our kids doing something like this, and hopefully it becomes commonplace,” said Schmitz.

Photo and story by Alex Valentine, RCN contributor

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