SES Player of the Year: Breakdown
Clinton High School
Even with so many talented players in Mississippi’s highest classification, Akers stood out as an easy choice here. He quarterbacked the Clinton Arrows to an 10-1 record in the regular season and tallied 2,507 passing yards to go with 1,519 rushing yards and 52 total touchdowns. Heck, Akers has even made an impact defensively in situations. He is an all-around talent and will make some college coach very happy when he signs a letter of intent in February.
Oxford High School
At one point while Quentin Wilfawn was out with injury last season, it appeared as if he may never play again. Well, he came this season and played as well as a defensive leader could. His season totals look like this: 167 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, eight quarterback hurries, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and two blocked field goals. He was the heart and soul of a talented Charger defense this season, as he averaged 13.9 tackles per game this season and provided exceptional leadership.
St. Stanislaus College
Mississippi’s passing king, Myles Brennan, proved to be the best player in the 4A classification this season and could prove to be the top senior in the state, as he is a finalist for the 2016 Mr. Elite award. All he did this season was complete nearly 69 percent of his passes for a total of 3,982 yards, with 48 touchdowns to just three interceptions. His career totals might blow your mind: 15,027 total passing yards, 165 passing touchdowns(just 25 picks), 67 percent completion rate and 23 rushing scores.
Morton High school
After playing receiver and tailback a season ago, DD Bowie had to transition to quarterback this season. It was the best thing for his team, and he proved that by leading Morton to a playoff birth following a win over Raleigh in the regular season finale. He excelled at the quarterback position this season, rushing for 2,239 yards(10.1 yards per carry!) and 34 scores. He threw for 557 yards and another six touchdowns. During his career for the Panthers he has contributed at quarterback, running back, receiver and defensive back.
Pisgah High school
Look across the entire Magnolia state and you might not find a player who impresses you more than Don Ragsdale, at least statistically. He rushed for 100+ yards in all 12 games for the Pisgah Dragons this season, and scored in each game as well. He rushed for 3,081 and 38 touchdowns this season, including a 453-yard game and three other games of 300 yards or more. Last, but not least, Ragsdale averaged 256 yards per game this season. He carried Pisgah to the playoffs where they unfortunately lost in the first round, though Ragsdale will get a chance at an encore next season.
Simmons high school
Last season Marquez Pam was an impact player for the 1A champs. This season he has been even more in focus for the Blue Devils. He is averaging 187.5 rushing yards per game, over half of Simmons’ 320 yards per game on the ground. In round one of the playoffs he toted the rock 12 times for 286 yards and nine touchdowns. Not a misprint. NINE scores on the ground. On the season he has rushed for 1,875 yards and 27 touchdowns, while averaging over 11 yards per carry.
Presbyterian Christian school
In the final game of his career Isaiah Woullard became Mississippi high school football’s all time leading rusher. He finishes his career with 5,846 yards and 65 touchdowns on the ground, as he averaged over 230 yards per game and over eight yards per carry in his impressive career. This season he used 2,761 yards and 36 scores to help PCS gain their first wins in school history over MRA and Jackson Prep. Last season he helped the Bobcats defeat Jackson Academy for the first time in program history.
**Cam Akers & Myles Brennan photos by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.
**Isaiah Woullard photo by PineBeltSPORTS.