Hey, I’m back. Been busy with this All-Area team – it comes out Sunday – so I won’t be blogging much this week. Congrats to Mississippi for sticking it to Alabama, and to Itawamba AHS quarterback Bret Jefcoat for playing so well.

Kind of amazing he wasn’t named all-state, at least not at QB. But plenty of area guys were, and here is the list of NeMiss players selected to the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State teams. You’ll be able to find the full lists in the Journal throughout the week (unless we can squeeze them all in on one day … doubtful).


First teamers:

• RB Patrick Shed, Sr., Starkville

• DT Deauntay Payne, Jr., Tupelo

Second teamers:

• OL Odie Rush, Sr., Starkville

• WR/KR Chad Bumphis, Jr., Tupelo

• LB Anthony Hines, Sr., Starkville


First teamers:

• FB Reed Falkner, Sr., Oxford

• OL Avis Shelton, Sr., West Point

• OL Brian Evans, Sr., Oxford

• K Phillip Dimino, Sr., West Point

• LB Luzon Rivers, Jr., Shannon

• DL William Shumpert, Jr., Itawamba AHS

• DL Clyde Smith, Sr., Oxford

• CB Michael Carr, So., West Point

• P Bret Jefcoat, Sr., Itawamba AHS

Second teamers:

• QB Michael Ledbetter, Sr., Shannon

• OL Quartney Cox, Sr., West Point

• OL Joshua Toliver, Sr., Shannon

• DL Serrico Williams, Sr., Lafayette Co.

• LB Sawyer Wheatley, Jr., New Albany


First teamers:

• WR Jeremy Jones, Sr., Nettleton

• OL Dylan Morton, Sr., Ripley

• RB Damien Hughes, Sr., Corinth

• FB Michael Poole, Sr., Ripley

• DE Markell Lee, Jr., Corinth

• DT Jordi Vernor, Sr., Ripley

• LB Ahmarus Swinney, Sr., Corinth

Second teamers:

• WR Tevin Blanchard, Jr., Aberdeen

• OL Taurus Ward, Jr., Aberdeen

• QB Jami Boland, Sr., Nettleton

• K Brett Spencer, Sr., Amory

• CB Rico Jernigan, Sr., Amory


First teamers:

• WR Dorian Berry, Jr., Baldwyn

• RB Richard Freelon, Jr., Bruce

• FB Xzadrian Shelley, Jr., Baldwyn

• DT Perez Welch, Jr., Baldwyn

• LB Jacob Sesma, Sr., Walnut

• CB Dominique Davenport, Sr., Baldwyn

• P Shane Gordon, Jr., Baldwyn

Second teamers:

• OL Clay Gholston, Sr., Baldwyn

• CB Jaymel Tyes, Jr., Baldwyn

• FS Malcolm Warren, Sr., Mantachie


First teamers:

• WR Brandon Lawrence, Jr., Calhoun City

• K Randy Davis, Sr., East Webster

• DE Tanner Robinson, Jr., East Webster

• LB Dante’ Jennings, Sr., Calhoun City

• LB Kevin Barnette, Jr., Vardaman

• KR Johnathan Banks, Jr., East Webster

Second teamers:

• TE Jordan Moore, Sr., Calhoun City

• QB Johnathan Banks, Jr., East Webster

• LB Daniel Jones, Sr., East Webster

• P Randy Davis, Sr., East Webster



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8 responses to “All-Staters

  1. roastbeef1

    Are you kidding me? How was Jefcoat not selected all state? The guy is the only quarterback in the state with a Division 1 offer to actually play that position. He also outplayed Ledbetter in their game earlier in the year. Not to mention that he just showed how great of a quarterback he really is when they just took down the Alabama all stars. I still can’t believe that none of the big three schools in this state didn’t offer him.

  2. tbcv94

    Brad Locke. I think it is an embarrassment for you to have not mentioned in your article this week, Arceto Clark (Shannon Red Raiders-WR/CB) when you named the players that was representing N.E. Miss. in the Miss.-Ala all-star football game. He not only represented Lee County in the all-star game but he played significant minutes in helping Mississippi to pull off the win. Arceto is one of the best athletes in the state., which is the number one rated National Recruiting Magazine in the country has Arceto rated as the 33rd best cornerback in the country. I didn’t mean the state sir. I said the country. Other national publications has him listed as high as 23rd in the country. Not only is he a great athlete but he is a well-rounded student. His gpa. is over 3.0 and he represents what a student-athlete should be modeled after. He has been highly recriuted by SEC and ACC schools. If you don’t know his decision by now where he will be playing next fall; stay tuned till February. Shame on you again sir, for not recognizing one of the best student-athletes in the country.

  3. tbvc:
    I am well aware of Arceto’s accomplishments, and it’s my understanding that he’s committed to MSU. We have far from ignored him. Did a feature on him in the preseason football magazine, in fact. He’s been getting plenty of well-deserved attention from this corner.

    In my Miss./Ala. game preview, I did the story on West Point’s linemen because A) it’s cool that two linemates were selected, and B) I like to give pub to the big guys when I can. I quoted Jefcoat because he was starting – and would be directly depending on those linemen – and I had his cell number handy. I didn’t mention Oxford’s Brian Evans, either, if that makes you feel any better.

    Arceto did a fine job at Shannon, and I wish him continued on-field and off-field success in college. Look for him to be on the Daily Journal All-Area team, to be unveiled Sunday.

  4. tbcv94

    Brad Locke. I don’t know whether you have enough staff to cover every aspect of NE Mississippi sports. But there is one thing for sure. We had only 7 or 8 area players in the MS/ALA All-Star game. I believe you should have taking time out to recognize these players acomplishments in being selected to this prestigious sporting event. I understand that you have another article coming out Sunday covering the NE all-area football team. That’s great! But look closely at the roster of the MS/ALA All-Star football game. We only had 7 or 8 area players representing NE Mississippi. The rest came from South Mississippi. The Sun Herald (Biloxi) Newspaper and The Clarion Ledger did a wonderful job of covering this event. Now, just because we are in the Northern half of the state doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have the same obligations as the rest of the media outlets in South Mississippi. I hope in the future you will give the players of NE MS the same respect as South Mississippi players receive from their newspapers when it comes to representing the state vs Alabama in the annual all-star football game. Kudos to the 7 or 8 players for representing NE MS this past Monday night in their defeat of Alabama. I don’t know all of their names but I will call out their schools. West Point High (2), Shannon High (1), Itawamba AHS (1), Oxford High (1) and South Panola High (3)

  5. We covered the game and had pictures. South Panola is not in our coverage area. The NeMiss players were Quartney Cox (West Point), Avis Shelton (West Point), Brian Evans (Oxford), Arceto Clark (Shannon) and Bret Jefcoat (IAHS).

  6. tbcv94

    I challenge you to compare your coverage of the MS/ALA All-Star game with the coverage of the South MS area. Enough of the back and forth on this issue. We are pleased with the coverage the sports page (NEDJ) gave to Jackson State University on winning the SWAC over the weekend. We do have a large fan base of JSU, MVSU, ASU fans here in NE MS. There’s even a large base of USM fans in NE MS. If possible, in the future we would like to see more coverages on those schools sports in the paper. Technology is alive and working so you don’t have to be there necessarily, to retreive the information you need. Everybody in this area didn’t attend UofM or MSU. If there is any reasons why this request can’t be made in future, please explain and let us know. This is a question that is being asked in the community, so please respond.

  7. I thought we gave plenty of coverage to the MS/AL game. A preview and then a game story is standard procedure, especially when you’re the only high school sports writer and it’s the middle of basketball season, plus I’m trying to put together an All-Area team.

    As for the state schools, I know we’ve done a better job of that. The new GameDay section gave us the format to give them more exposure. Otherwise, we can only give them as much coverage as the AP does. We’re not a state paper, but we do what our resources allow us. Ole Miss and MSU have to be first priority, of course.

  8. tupelopixdotcom

    This little back and forth made me think of one of AESOP’s Fables:

    A man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: “You fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?”

    So the Man put the Boy on the Donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”

    So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other: “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”

    Well the Man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up before him on the Donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passersby began to jeer and point at them. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor Donkey of yours—you and your hulking son?”

    The man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the Donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the Donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge, and his fore-feet being tied together, he was drowned.

    “That will teach you,” said an old man who had followed them:

    “Please all, and you will please none.”

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