Quitman takes three top honors on 5-4A squad
From Staff Reports
Nov. 30, 2001
Six Quitman Panthers were named to the first team All-Division 5-4A team.
The team was released Thursday.
Highlighting the Quitman honorees was senior Marcus McCormick who was named the Division's Most Valuable Defensive Back. McCormick returned two punts for touchdowns for Coach Charles Faulkner's team that finished 9-3 and qualfied for the 4A playoffs for the first time in school history.
Senior defensive tackle Dustin May was named the Division's Most Valuable Defensive Linemen. May (6-2, 235) was a key stopper for the Panther defense.
The Panthers held six opponents to a touchdown or less.
Quitman Junior Jonathan Russell was named as the Division's Most Valuable Punter.
The six Panthers selected on the first team include senior linebackers Marcus Moore and Domenick Kelly; senior linemen Eugene Hamilton, senior running back Evan Pickens, senior center Auston Edwards and senior defensive end Fred Carter.
Second team picks include: quarterback Prentiss Davis, senior linebacker Vince Hinson, junior defensive linemen Darres Blanks, senior offensive linemen Jeffrey Smith, junior receiver Roderick Laphand and senior receiver Lamarcus Anderson.
Honorable mention picks include: junior receiver Jermel Thigpen, junior tight end Brandon Lee, senior linemen Calvin Mosley and Nick Hopkins.
Northeast Jones running back Daniel Rustin was named the Division's Most Valuable Offensive Back.
Head Coach Randy Martin, who led Northeast Jones to the Division 5-4A crown and a third round playoff berth, was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.
Other Division MVPS were: Royce Blackledge (NE Jones) and James Dampeer (Mendenhall) MVP linemen; MVP Linebacker: Alexander Ross, Northeast Jones; Most Valuable Kicker: Britt Barefoot , West Jones; MVP Kick Returner: Cory Jones, Magee.
Eyes for the ball
Kemper County's Eric Hubbard, a 5-foot-10, 266-pound senior lineman, recovered seven fumbles in 2001.
West Lauderdale's Tyler Herrington, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, had four fumble recoveries.
Fast-breaking Lady Rams
The Kemper Academy girls basketball team has used a high-scoring offense to break out to a 6-3 start on the young season.
Kemper Academy is averaging 59 points per game. The Lady Rams have scored at least 53 points in all nine of their games.
They have beaten the Lamar Lady Raiders twice (64-41 and 55-36). Eevn in losses, Kemper has been putting up the points. Against Academy power Leake, the Lady Rams scored 57 in a close, two-point loss.
On Tuesday night, Kemper went to 6-3 with a 53-32 romp past Central Academy of Macon. Kayla Mosley and Libby Myers are two of the reason behind the high-scoring ways of the Lady Rams. Mosley pumped in 16 points and Myers had 12 in Central victory.
Football players to help Noxubee
Noxubee County is off to a slow 0-4 start but a lot that is due to the team playing without most of its roster because of the Tigers' successful football season.
Noxubee Head Coach Willie Triplett said back in early November when his club visited Meridian that he was without eight players.
Nove of their four losses have been close. But things should change since Noxubee was knocked out of the football playoffs in the second round.
Look for a full compliment of Tigers to be on hand when Meridian pays a visit to Macon on Dec. 11. The Tigers will also be a participant in the Meridian Classic on Dec. 13-15.
Louisville not hurting
Louisville made it to the third round of the 4A football playoffs but that success hasn't hampered the basketball team. The Wildcats are off to a 6-1 start following Tuesday night's win against Winona.
Louisville owns impressive wins over West Point (89-34) and Wingfield (54-53). The lone loss was against Neshoba Central 54-53.
On Friday, the team takes on the Starkville Yellow Jackets. On Eec. 6-8 will be the Wildcat Classic in Louisville.