• John Macon Gillespie

Shegog Looking To Reclaim 6A Crown

It is no secret that consistency at the quarterback position is a big key to a team’s success. South Panola has one loss over the past two seasons in large part to the play of Tyler Pogue. The senior provided glue and direction to a star studded offense. His departure creates a big hole for the Tigers moving forward.

Sophomore Patrick Shegog did not see very many in game snaps in 2015 but did get his fair share during the spring. He also took advantage of playing behind the seasoned Pogue.

“I've learned a lot from him,” Shegog told SES Mississippi. “After he went down last spring with an ACL injury I was able to get a lot more reps during practice. That helped me become the quarterback I am today.”

Shegog is not the same type of quarterback South Panola has been lining up over the past several seasons. With Pogue and before him Rip Kirk being the tall prototypical pocket passers, Shegog will use his athleticism to make plays as well as his arm.

“I like to be move around a lot,” Shegog explained. “I like to use quick passes and run the read option.”

Though he wasn’t on the field taking the snaps, Shegog says the upset loss to Madison Central has he and the Tigers anxious to get back onto the field and right the ship.

“It was a tough loss for us, totally unexpected,” Shegog expressed. “We have been working extremely hard in the weight room to get bigger and better as a team. We have to get back out there this season and reclaim the 6A title.”

Acknowledging the on the field work he has in front him, Shegog also gives nod to the history of the school he represents on Friday nights.

“It feels great,” Shegog added. “Ever since I was a kid I've been dreaming of being the quarterback for South Panola. We have the most state titles in the state and we are the only National Champions from Mississippi.”

Shegog and several of his teammates will be heading to ICC on April 30 to compete in the Fortius Project.

“I'll probably be the smallest QB there. I want to show that my arm makes up for my size. I plan on performing great during the 7-on-7 portion of the camp.”

**Photos by Andy Young Photography.

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