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Wall, Boyce, McDowellreceive AAFF honors

JACKSON – Roland Wall and Dan Boyce of Brookhaven and Brookhavennative Jimmie McDowell were among the honorees at Tuesday night’sAll-American Football Foundation’s Banquet of Champions XXXVII.Wall, a businessman; and Boyce, headmaster at Brookhaven Academy;received the Bill Wade Unsung Hero Award during ceremonies at theClarion Hotel.

McDowell, founder and president of the AAFF, was presented theScoop Hudgins Outstanding Lifetime Sports Information DirectorsAward. McDowell served as SID at the University of SouthernMississippi and worked as a sportswriter/editor at numerousnewspapers. He is a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall ofFame.

Last night’s banquet was dedicated to the 1953 MississippiSouthern College Cinderella Team, the 1959 Ole Miss Team of theDecade and the 1963 Mississippi State University Liberty Bowlchampionship team.

Boyce, a 3-year letterman at Ole Miss, played guard andlinebacker for the Rebels from 1983-85. The 1984 team beat TexasTech in the Liberty Bowl.

Wall, a Mississippi College graduate, has been active in civicaffairs for many years and serves on the Brookhaven RecreationDepartment’s board of directors. He played high school football atBHS.

Bill (Shag) Pyron of Hazlehurst, former Southern DistrictHighway Commissioner, also received the Bill Wade Unsung HeroAward.