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Football: Northwest, Decatur students sign to play football

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
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The Next Level

THE NEXT LEVEL – Decatur’s Braxton Roth signs to play football at Fort Hays State. Messenger photo by Reece Waddell

Three Northwest players signed letters of intent to play football in college Wednesday.

Prince Mavula and Leo Saldana signed with Midwestern State University, while Josh Campbell signed with West Texas A&M University. The three will meet each other in future games, as both schools play in the Lone Star Conference.

Mavula is Northwest’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. He threw for 2,257 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2017, while rushing for 800 yards and eight scores. Mavula was a two-time first-team all-district selection in 2016 and 2017.

Decatur’s Braxton Roth signed to play football at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Roth was a second-team all-district selection and recorded four sacks and 78 tackles last year. He also forced three fumbles and recovered another.

“I’m thankful they give me the opportunity to [play football],” Roth said. “It just really felt like home. I have a lot of family up there. The coaching staff up there is incredible.”

Roth played through an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear the last six games of the 2017 season. He has since had surgery to repair the tear, and said his recovery is on schedule and going according to plan.

Decatur coach Mike Fuller spoke highly of Roth’s toughness and said that should translate well to him playing at the next level.

“To go through what he went through with the ACL tear and three weeks later, be back on the field playing the majority of the game is pretty inspiring,” Fuller said. “I couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s going to do whatever they ask him to do at Fort Hays.”

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