Postseason Honors

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 10, 2010

Holding the state championship trophy are Nickolas Brassell, Devon Sanford and Qyen Griffin. The Panolian photo by Angie Ledbetter


Griffin named MAC offensive MVP

By Myra Bean

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Postseason honors have started to roll in and South Panola players and coaches are being recognized.

Ten South Panola players have been named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches 6A All-State Football first and second teams.

Qyendarius “Qyen” Griffin was named the first team offensive player of the year. He was named the Division 1-6A Most Valuable Player.

The 5’10”, 220-pound tailback rushed for 2,625 yards and 37 touchdowns this season. He also had six receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Tomorrow, Griffin, along with teammates Kendrick Market and Nickolas Brassell will play in the annual Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game in Mobile at 1 p.m. As of Thursday afternoon, no television coverage of the game had been announced.

Market was named the Division 1-6A Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Brassell, 6’1”, 185 pounds, was named to the first team offense as wide receiver. Market, 5’9”, 185 pounds, was named to the first team defense as linebacker.

Other first team offensive players include: senior tackle Deshondrick Hines, 6’0, 295; and senior guard Kenyahti McMurry, 5’8”, 305.

Other first defensive players include: junior defensive end Temario Strong, 6’1”, 215; junior defensive tackle, Isaac Gross, 6’2”, 250; senior linebacker Dennis Draper, 5’8”, 185; and sophomore strong safety Tony Conner, 6’0”, 198. Senior cornerback Al Hentz was named to the second team defense.

Hentz, along with teammates Taylor Rotenberry and Austin Douglas, will play in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game at Greyhound Stadium on the campus of Ocean Springs High School on December 18. The game kicks off at noon.

Also named to the Division 1-6A All-Region team were offensive linemen Austin Douglas, McMurry and Hines; tight end Donnell Chapman; wide receivers Marcus Henry and Nickolas Brassell; fullback Hunter Lawrence; defensive end Rotenberry; defensive backs Gregdrecus Leland, Hentz and Conner; defensive lineman Gross and Strong;  and linebacker Draper.

Honorable mentions are Lee Self, Carlton Howard, Kendall Carr, Lakedrick Flowers, Deshun Henderson, Clayton Sibley and Thomas Campbell.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl which will be head coach by South Panola Lance Pogue announced that Pogue has been nominated for the 2011 Russell Athletic National Coach of the Year Award. The winner will be announced Thursday, January 6, 2011, in San Antonio.

“The award honors the nation’s top high school football coach, recognizing exceptional coaching abilities and leadership skills as well as serving as a positive influence to the youth of America on and off the field,” the release said.

Tiger offensive coordinator Trey Dickerson will be one of the assistant coaches and Brassell will play for the East team.