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Trey Benson joins teammate in final installment of 2019 Elite 10


Trey Benson fights through tacklers of Canton Academy in a MAIS high school football game on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Nikki Thompson, St. Joseph School)

Most coaches dream of having a situation like that of John Baker.


Baker's Greenville St. Joseph squad added its second Elite 10 member of the year and its third all-time on Monday with the addition of Trey Benson to the list. The Elite 10 is a list of the 10 best senior football players in the state of Mississippi put forth by SES Mississippi each offseason with a new member announced each Monday beginning in June and concluding on the first day of MHSAA fall practice.


St. Joseph's Dillon Johnson was named to the Elite 10 earlier this summer, joining his brother, quarterback Brice Johnson, who was named to the 2017 installment of the list. While Dillon Johnson has earned the majority of the hype surrounding the Fighting Irish program, Trey Benson has quietly produced elite numbers in his high school career and is looking to lead the Irish to their third-straight state title this season.


"Being on a list like the Elite 10 is a milestone to me," Benson said. "It was hard to see at first, but God opened the door up for me and led the way to success."


For Benson, it's a dream come true to be named to a list like the Elite 10 with his teammate.


"We talked about this situation when we were kids," Benson said. "We grew up together, and we are making dreams come true together. Us being from the Delta doing big things like this means a lot to the city."


Benson led his team in rushing last season as a junior with 1,833 yards and 22 touchdowns. According to Benson, these numbers and back-to-back state titles wouldn't have been possible without support from his teammates.


"[We] worked hard at practice every day and believed in each other," Benson said. "And shoutout to the offensive line too. They played a huge role all season."


Benson also had high praise for Irish head coach John Baker.


"He's a fantastic coach," Benson said. "He keeps me rolling and laughing. He's the type of coach that you could laugh and joke with but still get the work done. He is the heart of the team and program. Without him, I don't know where we'd be."


Benson's on-field production gained attention of various collegiate programs across the country, and he recently committed to further his football career at the University of Oregon.


"Oregon was a childhood dream school growing up," Benson said. "I loved the Ducks, and to receive an offer from them was a dream. I was also the No. 1 running back on their board, and I had the best relationship with those guys."


Benson, Johnson and the Irish start their season Aug. 23 at home against Riverside.

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