• John Macon Gillespie

West Lowndes' Quinshawn Lucious Wants To Be The Best

Lucious' hunger for success has led him to enroll in the 2017 Fortius Project.

“[I want] to compete with the best talent in the state to prove that I'm one of the best in the state,” Lucious told SES Mississippi.

The Panthers' stand-out athlete showed his talent in 2016, accumulating 935 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns and 405 rushing yards with 3 TDs. Lucious' opportunity to compete with some of the best talent in Mississippi will not end with The Fortius Project, however.

West Lowndes, along with other schools in the state, was recently reclassified into a new region. Instead of continuing to play in the northern portion of the state, the Panthers will be competing in the southern Region 3-1A in 2017, a region loaded with talent. Lucious sees the reclassification as a new challenge to him and his team.

“I'm playing some of the best teams in 1A and some really good defenses,” Lucious said. “The South is way tougher than the North, so there will be a lot more competitive competition.”

West Lowndes finished 2016 as Region 1-1A runner up and was eliminated by Shaw in the first round of the playoffs. Lucious sees the positives that 2016 brought the Panthers' way, but also sees room for improvement.

“I think it went good,” Lucious said. “We've just got a lot of things to work on in the offseason.”

Lucious has the athletic tools to make 2017 a successful campaign for his Panthers. The West Lowndes coaching staff enjoys putting Lucious into different roles in their offense, including taking direct snaps in the “wildcat” formation at quarterback. Lucious' speed and ability to read defenses and make plays will prove vital not only to the Panthers this season, but also the race for the Region 3-1A championship.

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