Myers readies for Western Kentucky

When Piedmont senior Cardavion Myers plays his next football game it will be as a Western Kentucky Hilltopper at defensive back or perhaps a special teams player. Myers made that decision in December during the NCAA early signing period. On Feb. 7, Piedmont recognized all of its football signees with a celebration in the lobby of the high school gym.   

“It’s really exciting,” Myers said of the prospect of playing in college. “Not many people get this opportunity. I’m just blessed to be one of them. I’m going to make the best out of it.”

When he visited Western Kentucky, Myers said the coaches, players and everyone else he met made him feel at ease.  

“It just feels like home,” he said. “I feel really comfortable with the team. I know I’m going to have a great three or four years at Western Kentucky and I just can’t wait to get up there and do good things.”   

He’s already started the workout program Western Kentucky provided following the early signing period.

Myers was a three-year starter as a defensive back at Piedmont, earning second-team All-State recognition from the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a sophomore and first-team status as a junior. He then unselfishly moved to quarterback for his senior season.

“I knew after Taylor Hayes left I was the next guy up. I was willing to take the role and lead my team,” Myers said.  

For 2017, he was first-team All-State as an athlete and Class 3A back of the year after quarterbacking Piedmont to the 3A semifinal round. Myers said at the Signing Day celebration that he will remember the two state championships the Bulldogs won in 2015 and 2016 more than his individual awards.  

“Achieving goals as a team, it’s something really special. Winning 3A back of the year is something good but when you win two championships with the football team, that’s sky high. That’s something you always remember and carry with you the rest of your life,” Myers said.

He’s also going to remember his hometown fondly.

“Piedmont has always been a great community. The people who live in this area support you really well,” he said. “If you go to Piedmont, you’re going to get the best out of coaching, your teammates and everybody around. They’re going to make you a better person. Going to Piedmont, it’s been something special.”

Beadles decides to become a Flame

Senior Logan Beadles anchored Piedmont’s defensive line for two years, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound irresistible force who made plays in opponents’ backfields despite being double-teamed and even triple-teamed.

Following the 2017 season, he was named first-team All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association for the second consecutive year and was one of three finalists for Class 3A lineman of the year.

He’s received a full scholarship to continue his football career at Liberty University in Virginia.

For a short while after Beadles enrolled at Piedmont ahead of the 2015 season, he wasn’t sure Piedmont was the right place for him. There was a lot of running as part of the preseason conditioning program and Beadles wasn’t accustomed to doing much running.

“I was thinking, ‘What did I get myself into?’, but once I started sticking with the program and running more and more every day it just got easier and easier for me,” Beadles said with a laugh at last week’s Signing Day ceremony at the Piedmont High gym.

At Liberty, he expects to continue as a defensive tackle. Beadles actually formally committed to Liberty in December’s early signing period but school was not in session then and Piedmont officials elected to wait and recognize all signees on the February signing day.     

“I think a big part of the reason why most people signed in the early period was to let the college that they were going to know, ‘I’m 100 percent committed.’ They can get their workout program earlier than the people who sign in February and go ahead and get a jump on them, too,” Beadles said.

He was a little hesitant when he first received an initial offer from Liberty because of the distance. Then he visited the campus and “fell in love with it when I went up there. It’s a long way from home but after I get up there it will be alright.”

He said Liberty has a beautiful campus with lots of trees and water, creating an outdoors feeling particularly appealing to a guy who likes the outdoors.

“The atmosphere at game day is perfect,” Beadles added. “It’s a family-friendly thing. You can bring your kids there. The student section is unreal.”

Beadles said winning two Class 3A state football championships, one at Alabama and one at Auburn, the comeback win over Cedartown to open the 2016 season and 2016’s win over Leeds are four games he will always remember.

Bennefield signs with Miles College

Micah Bennefield plans to make coaching football his career. With that in mind, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Piedmont senior made the decision to accept a scholarship offer from Miles College two days ahead of Signing Day on Feb. 7. The offer of what Bennefield described as a “full ride” came about two weeks earlier. Bennefield visited the campus over the weekend and liked what he saw then called on Feb. 5 to confirm he’d join the Golden Bears.

“I’m excited. I’ve had chills all day,” Bennefield said at Piedmont’s Signing Day ceremony. “Signing these papers is just one step closer to it. I’m just ready to get there and start my college career.”   

Bennefield is one of 22 signees announced by Miles head coach Reginald Ruffin. He’s listed as a long snapper and defensive end. At Piedmont in the 2017 season an early-season injury kept him off the field most of the year except as a long snapper. He’s gotten bigger each offseason with a tougher workout program. If that trend continues, he could be on the field a lot for Miles in the next few years.      

Football has always appealed to Bennefield.

“I think football is all about preparing yourself to be better,” he said. “I wanted to take on a different challenge. I guess the level of toughness it takes on as you grow, that’s what I’ve tried to understand in my career so far.”

Coaching football is a family tradition in the Bennefield household. Micah’s father, Mike, has been both an assistant coach and a head coach in high school. He was offensive line coach at Jacksonville State University under Bill Clark and followed Clark to UAB in the same capacity before the Blazers’ initial try at college football folded.   

“Like my Dad, I want to coach football,” Micah said. “I do want to major in education in case I go to a high school. I would like to coach football just like my Dad, maybe get a shot at college like he did.”