Weeki Wachee’s Facey inks with D-III NC Wesleyan

Weeki Wachee’s Jahkiye  Facey                                                                                                                         Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

FOOTBALL

Multi-sport Hornet

lettered in football,

basketball, wrestling

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

Weeki Wachee’s Jahkiye Rymel Facey recently became the third member of the 2018 Hornet football team to join Division-III North Carolina Wesleyan at Rocky Mount, NC.

Sebastian Class
Brian Strickland

Unlike the other two “good hands” products in Sebastian Class and Brian Strickland, the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Facey made his living along the trenches.

Facey, 18, played football for two seasons – alternating along the offensive and defensive line basically filling in where ever he was needed.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Facey also wrestled for two seasons winning 71 percent of his matches.

He also played a season of varsity basketball as a junior.

Facey 411

The raven-tressed and brown-eyed Facey was raised the youngest of three sons to Rakeema Facey.

According to Jahkiye, Rakeema was originally from New York, but did not play any sports.

His father, who he does not know, played basketball as a young man.

The Facey’s have called Spring Hill home for the past three years since relocating from out of state.

Facey was introduced to organized sports at a late age: 11.

That’s when he joined a youth group basketball team from Knoxville. He played hoops there for two years.

In middle school, he initially played basketball in sixth-grade but because his family moved so much, he didn’t settle in.

As a result, Facey didn’t play any competitive sports as a seventh-, eighth-, or freshman season at Weeki Wachee.

As a sophomore, he joined Mark Lee’s football program at WWHS and mostly played along the defensive line.

That winter, he enjoyed a cup of coffee with the Hornets’ wrestling program going 2-2 under Dan Gigantelli.

The following year, he chose not to play football following the Hornets’ 0-10 campaign and opted instead to play varsity basketball.

Weeki Wachee’s assistant coach Garland Gillette is flanked by Michael McMurray (23) and Jahkiye Facey (30) during a time out. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

But as a senior, he gave up hoops and returned to gridiron playing offensive tackle, and filling in where needed on offense and defense.

During the winter, Facey returned the mats with a vengeance.

He constructed an outstanding 39-15 (72 percent) campaign, highlighted by 25 pins.

Outside of the athletics, Facey was not a member of any clubs nor organizations along the US-19 campus.

In the classroom, he also stood out maintaining 3.4 unweighted and a 3.5 weighted grade point average.

His favorite courses included English II with Mrs. Fogarty and gym class with Mr. Martinez.

Love for football

When asked for his favorite sport, Facey explains that football is favorite team sport, but wrestling was his favorite individual sport.

“In football, I work both sides of the line of scrimmage,” noted Facey. “My favorite part of being an O-lineman is pancaking a guy while we score a touchdown. There’s nothing like that.”

The most difficult portion?

“It’s remembering all the plays,” he insists. “Just getting the coverages right is huge ”

“My No. 1 responsibility is make sure whoever is outside of me, doesn’t come inside,” stressed Facey.

On his preference between run blocking to pass blocking, “I’d rather run play,” he nodded. “That way I get a chance to perform.

On what Facey took away from 2018’s 4-6 campaign under Jacob Gray.

“Offensively, we played well and we played together. Problem was we weren’t real deep, so wore down in the second half of games.“

When he switched to defensive line, “I loved playing defense, too,“ shared Facey. “As a D-lineman, my job was to blow up whoever was in front of me and find the football.”

Senior year revisited

Rewinding 2018, Facey vividly recalls the season opener – a hard fought 37-20 loss to Ocala-Lake Weir.

“We had a good game offensively and defensively. They (Lake Weir) pulled it out at the end,” noted Facey.

“My best game was against Gulf. That was Senior Night. I personally had a monster game. I had something like eight pancake blocks on offense.

“… On defense I was in on 3-4 tackles. It was a great all-around game for the whole team.”

On moving on, “I‘m gonna miss those guys,” described Facey. “We hung out together every week. We knew what was going on in everybody‘s life. So if anybody needed help, several of us would be right there.”

Jason Schmidt

In a card of thanks, Facey will especially miss Jason Schmidt and Class.

“Schmidt was the guy who got my feet right. He made sure I was getting the coverages called correctly.

“Sebastian was a great leader. He emphasized that I was a senior and it was time to step up and show up.”

Facey heaped nothing but praise on his wrestling experience.

“I loved wrestling here,“ he said. “It boosted my self confidence and helped me get in better shape. The wrestling team was like family. Everybody had every else’s back on that team.“

Selecting Wesleyan

Before choosing North Carolina Wesleyan, Facey mulled over attending Lakeland’s Southeastern University, D-III Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Facey aspires to study business management

He’d like to either enter sports management or become a consumer analyst.

On why he signed with the Battling Bishops, “I loved the coaches,” stressed Facey. “They were upfront. They didn’t try to sugarcoat anything.

“Coach said, ‘Our team is not amazing. But if we become better men, it might be.’ That spoke to me,” shared Facey.

Facey isn’t sure if his future with be with the Battling Bishops’ offensive or defensive line – or both.

“I have no preference,” indicated Facey, on which position he‘d anchor. “I told coach, if you need me to play here, I‘ll play here.”

Academically, the choice to attend Rocky Mount made sense.

“My academics are very important to me,“ Facey said. “I like the idea of smaller class room sizes. That gives more 1-on-1 time with the teachers, which I like.“

Weather-wise, Facey doesn’t have an issue playing in the colder climate.

“I’ll be okay in Carolina. I love the cold,” he grinned.

Before reporting

Before reporting to school on Aug. 11, Facey works out at Planet Fitness up to four days a week.

“To get my cardio in, I ride my bike everywhere.”

In what could be keeping Facey away from success, “I’ve got to work harder. I’ve got to get my grind back.”

Facey readily admits having two other Hornets on the team was a mere coincidence.

“Listen, I didn’t know Sebastian or Brian were coming to Rocky Mount,” declared Facey. “That just happened by coincidence. It just seemed like it all happened at once.”

Before heading to the Tar Heel State, “I’m somewhat ready,” explained a nervous Facey. “I really don’t like the idea of leaving my mom.”

On his legacy, “I’d like to be remembered as a kind guy. Someone that people could rely on,” shared Facey. “No matter how tough life got.”

By the Numbers:

Weeki Wachee’s Jahkiye Facey (2016-18)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO

DEFENSE

 

YEAR

 

SOL

 

AST

 

TTK

 

TBL

 

SK

 

QBP

 

CF

 

FR

 

PB

 

BK

 

INT

2016

1

4

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2018

5

4

9

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TOT

 

6

 

8

 

14

 

1.0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

WRESTLING

 

YEAR

 

YR

 

W

 

L

 

.PCT

 

PINS

2016-17

10

2

2

.500

2

2018-19

12

39

15

.722

25

 

TOTALS

 

41

 

17

 

.707

 

27

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