• John Macon Gillespie

Devon King Is Putting In The Work

The Columbus Falcons are coming off an impressive 8-4 season. Many were surprised by their success in 2015 as they stormed through their division play only to fall just short in the division title game to South Panola.

Their season would officially come to an end in the first round of the playoffs to Clinton High School in a 56-42 shootout. The season may have been a shock to many that were on the outside looking in but the Falcons knew what they had and how close they came.

Devon King locked down one of the cornerback positions for the Falcons defense. In his first season of significant playing time, King felt he was a part of a great football team.

“I think we had a great season although we fell a little short of our goal but it was a learning experience,” King told SES Mississippi.

As for King himself, he totaled 29 tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown. His best game came in a district matchup against Tupelo. King had six tackles, three of which were for a loss, and a pass deflection.

“I think I had an okay season coming in as a sophomore and starting was tough but I got better as the season went on,” King explained.

King has his sights already set on the 2016 season and he knows with so many returning starters, his Falcons will not slip up on anyone this time around. He plans to spend his offseason doing the work he needs to do in order to get better.

“I'm running track right now and I'm hitting the weight room every chance I get and also attending many camps as possible,” King said.

The up and coming shut down corner will be putting in some time at the Fortius Project on March 5, at Petal High School.

“I just want to compete with some of the best players in the state and if I can do that, I gain confidence.”

He will get his shot as some of the state’s top wide receivers have already signed up for the event.

**Photos by Ivan Kentral Evans Jr.

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