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Local Legends: Opelika’s Jamias Presley steps up in Jacksonville State victory
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Local Legends: Opelika’s Jamias Presley steps up in Jacksonville State victory

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Opelika Bulldogs safety Jamias Presley (15) runs the ball during the homecoming game between the Opelika Bulldogs and the Chilton County Tigers on Sept. 9, 2016 in Opelika.

During his time as an Opelika Bulldog, Jamias Presley made a habit of delivering game-changing moments. He’s continued that style of play on the gridiron at Jacksonville State, which was evident in the Gamecocks’ latest win.

Presley rose to the challenge Sunday by recording a career-high four tackles and one pass break-up in Jacksonville State’s 37-20 victory over UT-Martin. It was another productive outing this season for the redshirt sophomore cornerback, who has eight total tackles dating back to the two games the Gamecocks played during the fall.

Presley is on the precipice of seeing his hard work at Jacksonville State the last few years pay off. After redshirting as a freshman in 2018, he appeared in 11 of the Gamecocks’ 12 games in 2019 and mostly played on special teams. He ended his redshirt freshman campaign with five tackles.

The Opelika Bulldogs generated enough offense to hold off the Wetumpka Indians to open the Class 6A playoffs on Friday.

Presley came to Jacksonville State after a stellar high school career at Opelika.

Presley was a crucial player on the 2016 Opelika team that reached the Class 6A state title game during a season that earned him second-team All-Region honors. He was named an Opelika-Auburn News Super 8 Senior prior to a 2017 season in which he recorded 41 solo tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery and was named to the first-team All-Region squad.

Here’s a roundup of the other former Friday night stars from the area who stood out this weekend at the collegiate level:

Auburn High

Cally Chizik, Furman — Chizik had two tackles in the Paladins’ 17-13 victory over ETSU on Saturday.

Central-Phenix City

Markail Benton, Jacksonville State — Benton had five tackles and one forced fumble in the Gamecocks’ 37-20 victory over UT-Martin on Sunday.

Karon Delince, ETSU — Delince had four tackles in the Buccaneers’ 17-13 loss to Furman on Saturday.

Tyler Moore, Kennesaw State — Moore had five tackles and 0.5 sacks in the Owls’ 24-19 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday.

Demetrius Pettway, Kennesaw State — Pettway had one tackle in the Owls’ 24-19 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday.

Zion Webb, Jacksonville State — Webb was 11-of-20 passing for 215 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed eight times for 12 yards in the Gamecocks’ 37-20 victory over UT-Martin on Sunday.

Glenwood

Kelcy Allen, Kennesaw State — Allen had two tackles and 0.5 sacks in the Owls’ 24-19 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday.

Smiths Station

Justin Brown, Tennessee State — Brown had one tackle and one pass break-up in the Tigers’ 21-20 victory over EIU on Sunday.

Chad Strickland, EIU — Strickland started at left tackle in the Panthers’ 21-20 loss to Tennessee State on Sunday.

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