Twenty-nine South Mississippians made the grade when the latest Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State football teams were released Tuesday on MississippiGridiron.com.
The Coast was well-represented throughout the classifications, with seven Class 6A selections, eight 5A picks, nine 4A choices and five additional names on the 1A teams.
East Central running back Tony Brown was named the Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year, while Resurrection lineman Jackson Byrd was named the 1A Defensive Player of the Year.
Brown finished the year with 2,685 yards and 47 touchdowns to end up among the state’s rushing leaders. After going both ways in the trenches for RCS, Byrd recorded 107 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles.
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George County lineman McKinnley Jackson and Gulfport linebacker Karlos Dillard landed on the 6A first team, with D’Iberville lineman Louis Paul Smith, Hancock lineman Nick Rose, St. Martin kicker Sean Gomez, Hancock linebacker Trenton Ladner and Ocean Springs defensive back Malcolm Magee earning second team honors.
Long Beach lineman J.T. Tripp and Picayune running back Shaun Anderson were joined on the 5A first team by Maroon Tide linebacker Brian Taylor and Stone defensive back Enrique Whaley. Long Beach quarterback Cade Crosby, running back Dennis Andrews and corner back Derek Young made the 5A second team, as did Stone’s Trey Arrington.
In addition to Brown, East Central landed tight end Brad Cumbest, kicker Branson Davis, linebacker Avery White and safety Andrew Seward on the 4A first team, while lineman Wyatt Green was placed on the second team. Poplarville’s Austin Bolton also made the 5A first team, while fellow PHS Hornet D.J. Travis was a first team selection at cornerback. PHS linebacker Ross Barnett was a second team pick.
The RCS Eagles were a popular 1A team for obvious reasons. Along with Byrd, tight end Caden Hinman and quarterback Blake Porter made the 1A offense, with receiver Patrick Roth and defensive end Terrance Spivey landing on the 1A second team.