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Hancock College football players, from left, Anthony Miller, Jamil Vilaud, Lenny Roundtree and Andre Hallmon have family and friends affected by the devastating Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Len Wood, Staff

Hancock College defensive back Lenny Roundtree Jr. gave his all for the Bulldogs in their 21-13 Sept. 9 home win over East Los Angeles College.

However, as the Bulldogs prepped for the game, "I wanted to be home," Roundtree said recently.

"If anything happened to (my family), I wouldn't have any reason to stay."

Home for Roundtree is Miami, Florida. That is where his family still resides. Roundtree stayed in touch with his numerous family members, which include five sisters and two brothers, before and after Hurricane Irma, the storm width of which was far wider than the entire state of Florida, slammed into the state earlier in the month.

"Everyone's OK, but they're all still without power," Roundtree said. "They do have cell phone (power)."

Roundtree, wide receiver Andre Hallmon, defensive end Anthony Miller and offensive tackle Jamil Viaud are among several Hancock players from areas Irma affected with its widespread devastation.

Hallmon (Miramar), and Miller (Navarre) are Florida natives, and their families still live there.

Viaud, who is listed on the Hancock roster as a native of Franklin Square, New York and a graduate of Valley Stream High School in that state, said his parents live in Sarasota, Florida. "They're OK, but they don't have any power," he said at press time.

All four Hancock players said their families left in Irma's wake are OK, and that their houses didn't have any standing water in them. But all four said their families are still without power.

An internet report said that wind from Irma had damaged 15 houses in Miramar, but Hallmon said his family's house was all right.

Roundtree, Viaude and Hallmon, Hancock's leading receiver in the East L.A. game with three catches for 80 yards, said all their family members in the affected areas rode out the storm.

Miller, who said his family lives in Pensacola, said, "My sister evacuated to Birmingham (Alabama)."

"My sister came from Birmingham (Alabama) to West Palm Beach for a job," Miller said at press time. "Then my parents told her to evacuate and she went back to Birmingham.

"I've contacted her three times by cell phone lately. A lot of trees fell (in the affected areas), and there was some flooding. My parents haven't told her she can come back yet. I've been in touch with them a few times by cell phone. She hasn't started her job yet. Hopefully, she can get back soon and start her job."

The quartet of Hancock players said that, with Hurricane Irma and their families on their minds, practice for them during the week of the East L.A. game had been particularly challenging for them mentally.

Roundtree, for one, wasn't completely at ease yet at press time. "There's another (hurricane) out there," he said.

That would be Hurricane Maria. At press time, Maria was projected to roar through the Caribbean, with several islands that had been hit hard by Irma in its path.

At press time, a European model showed Maria eventually spinning out into the Atlantic. A United States model had Maria shifting west, closer to the southern Eastern seaboard.   


Sports Reporter