West Jefferson to cease operations next month
by W. Brian Hale
Jul 22, 2013 | 2583 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WEST JEFFERSON — After four year as a program and two consecutive Alabama Semipro Football League (ASFL) championship, the West Jefferson Devil Dogs will cease operations according to owner/coach Jesse Reed.

Reed cited his return to school to further his education and his desire to coach young people as to the reason why the Devil Dogs will shut down.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that the Devil Dogs will be ending operations. I’ll be going back to school in August and I feel that I should put forth 100 percent of my effort to reach my personal goals of becoming a coach,” Reed said.

“I have gone back and forth for several weeks over this decision and I apologize if anyone feels let down. I hope we have been able to positively impact some lives and made our fans and families proud.”

Reed credited many people and organizations who made the West Jefferson program a success both on and off the field.

“I especially want to thank my wife, Kelli Reed, Harold Spradlin, Todd and Melanie Baggett Alexander, my dad Jesse Reed Sr. (for teaching me how to play the game), my mom, Kay Reed, the ASFL, our community and Dylan Bell for all the support you’ve shown the Devil Dogs,” Reed said.

“I also want to thank the Daily Mountain Eagle for being gracious enough to give semi-pro football some great coverage over the years.”

Reed also extended his thanks to them many players who have competed with the team during its four year existence — also stating that he will do everything he can to find them another team they can play for.

“There are a number of good programs that I could recommend for our players — team that I know who would love to have Devil Dogs on their rosters,” Reed said.

“I hope each and every member of our team, both past and present, is proud of what we have accomplished together and for our community.”

The Devil Dogs began their existence the Central Alabama Devil Dogs four years ago, playing their games at the old Corner High School football field.

Two seasons ago, the program was renamed the West Jefferson Devil Dogs to pay homage to its home community and the site where the remainder of its games.