• John Macon Gillespie

It's All About West Point For Edwards

In West Point’s run to the 5A North State championship game last season they rode the backs of their playmakers. That almost took them to Vaught-Hemingway stadium where they would have taken their shot at eventual champions Wayne County.

Offensively everyone knew quarterback Marcus Murphy and offensive lineman Scott Lashley were the bell cows. On defense Jeffrey Drake always seemed to have his hand on passes.

Junior De’Marrio Edwards, though, was a play-making specialist. To even identify him with one particular position would be confusing and unfair.

On defense he gathered and interception and provided reliable play at defensive back. Offensively he averaged over four yards per carry, toting it 60 times for 273 yards and three scores. As a receiver he averaged an impressive 15.9 yards per catch with 428 receiving yards on 27 catches, with another three scores. He even completed eight passes on the season, with three going for touchdowns, for 196 yards.

“I worked on playing all those positions during the summer,” Edwards said about contributing at different spots. “I did whatever it took to help the team win.”

This offseason is crucial to Edwards and he knows it. Next season he will be starting at defensive back and receiver. So his role must go from “play-making specialist” to “every-down playmaker.” While Edwards is working to improve his own abilities, he also has eyes on his teammates doing the same.

“I am a team player. I put my team before myself and I’m a senior this year,” Edwards told SES Mississippi. “This offseason I’m looking forward to pushing the underclass players to getting stronger and getting faster, and also the same for myself.”

Seeing a player like Edwards, who is so multi-talented, focus not all the things he can do and how good he could be at them, but how he can help his team with with all his abilities is special. In saying that, though, he is confident in his abilities and loves to showcase those talents. With his team-first mentality, though, he is also equally as confident in his team to showcase what they can do.

“Getting another state championship,” Edwards said when asked what his team could do next season.

As far as what he can do, we should all see very soon as he plans to attend the Fortius Project.

“I’m interested in competing against other players and broadcasting my skill at wide receiver,” Edwards said.

Despite the many talents that Edwards possesses, he insists that receiver is where he will impress others.

“My catching ability, my hands being like a magnet to the football,” Edwards said.

Join Edwards and some of Mississippi’s best football stars March 5th at Petal High school to show us your skills.

**Photo by Thomas Brown.

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