Former Carver High standouts lead Fort Valley State's defense
By DAVID MITCHELL
Take a look at the top of Fort Valley State's defensive statistics, and it isn't difficult to tell who is making an impact.
There they are, one after the other at the top of the list in total tackles, LeRon Furr with 73 and brother DeRon with 60. A couple categories over, they lead the way in sacks in the same order. They're flip-flopped in quarterback hurries and forced fumbles.
Any way you slice it, the Furr brothers, both graduates of Carver High who spent a fleeting moment playing the highest level of college football, are leading the way.
That, of course, will end this season. Both seniors, their college careers could come to an end on Saturday in the 24th Fountain City Classic against Albany State at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium. It will, at the very least, be the last time they play at Memorial.
"Emotions are high," LeRon said. "I look forward to playing at home anytime I can. It's just a blessing to be able to play here after I graduated, which I never thought I'd be able to do."
"It feels good to be home again," DeRon echoed with a smile.
The winner of the Fountain City Classic moves on to the SIAC championship game. The loser's hopes of a Division-II championship come to an end.
LeRon and DeRon aren't ready for their time as a defensive tandem to come to an end, though.
"We really want to keep this season going," LeRon said. "We'd like to go to the D-II national championship, but we're taking it one game at a time."
The fact the brothers have gotten to play together and have such success for the Wildcats is a matter of some surprise to begin with.
Separated by two years, the two went their separate ways upon their respective graduations from Carver, DeRon to Auburn first, followed by LeRon to Oklahoma State.
DeRon left Auburn for Memphis before playing a
down. He spent two successful seasons there before deciding to play his final two years at Fort Valley State with his brother.
LeRon had played a season with Oklahoma State before deciding to leave, citing at the time a recurring knee injury.
The result has been beneficial for both the brothers and the team, which has been led by the brothers for the better part of two seasons.
So, given the history, Saturday's game holds a little more significance for the brothers. They will never play in Memorial Stadium again. They may never play together on the same team again.
"We've always had good moments and good memories playing together," LeRon said. "I'm not looking forward to us being split up again. I know it's going to happen, but I'm not looking forward to it."
Even with all that on the line, neither LeRon nor DeRon is allowing that to cloud the task at hand. Make no mistake, they're trying to extend their football season.
"We're just coming here to win, man," DeRon said. "There's so much riding on this game. We want to get this and play for a conference championship."
"We've just got to go out and play football," LeRon added simply.
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