Two football Hurricanes sign with Berry College; a third signs with Gardner-Webb

Three Monroe Area High School Hurricane football players signed with colleges last week, two with Berry College in Rome and one with Gardner-Webb in North Carolina.

From Left: Brandon Moody and Cooper Jensen, Monroe Area High School football Hurricanes and graduating seniors sign with Berry College. Contributed photo:

Cooper Jensen and Brandon Moody have signed with Berry College on academic scholarships and given roster spots on the football team, according to Jensen’s mother, Mindy Maynard. She went on to explain that the boys have known each other ever since they can remember – that is if they can remember back as far as when they were 3 years old.

“They are living the dream! Best friends since they were 3 and now they will play football together at Berry! It’s been a great ride with these two,” she said. “I can’t wait to see what their futures hold! Keep dreaming boys, the sky’s the limit!”

The two 2020 graduating seniors agree.

“It means a lot that Brandon is coming with me to Berry. Once I found out that he had decided to go there, it made my decision a lot easier. We are planning on rooming together, we’ll just have to see,” Jensen said. He is looking to earn a degree in history, and as far as playing football for Berry, he has plans there too. “I plan to play all four years and make new friends – and hopefully win a couple of awards along the way.”

Moody is equally as excited about having his lifelong friend along for the ride with him and has his own plans for the Berry College Vikings football team that the two will be joining in the fall.

“It’s really cool to me to have a lifelong friend joining me throughout college, and yes we will be rooming together. I plan to work on my business degree, however, that might change before my first year is over,” he said. Not only do I love football, but I love winning in general. I hope that as long as I’m a part of Berry football, I can be successful individually, but more importantly, successful as a team.” 

The game ball for the 18-7 Monroe Area High School Victory over Apalachee High was presented to Charlie Jackson by Farm Bureau Agency Manager P.J. Shippey. Contributed photo

The third standout MAHS Hurricane football play, Jackson, will head to Gardner-Webb, a private Christian university in Boiling Springs, NC. In his final season at MAHS, Jackson was named to the Atlanta Journal Constitutions All-State first-team selection defensive lineman in Class AAA, the Recruit Georgia All-State first-team selection and earned defensive Player of the Year and All-County honors.


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