Superlative players lead All-Lincoln Co. Team
In a season of superlative performances, The Daily Leader’s2001 All-Lincoln County Football Team is loaded with outstandingplayers. “Co” became a much-used term on the dream team. Runningbacks Derrick Johnson of Loyd Star and Shermaine Vaughn ofEnterprise have been selected Co-Most Valuable Players of theYear.
In two other categories, linebackers John Wallace of BogueChitto and Cody Covington of Loyd Star are Co-MVPs on defense andon the other side of the line, tailback Dominick Addison of BogueChitto and quarterback Ben Davis of Brookhaven Academy are theCo-MVPs on offense.
Davis is joined at quarterback by Cass Brister of Loyd Star.The dream team’s offensive line includes Kern Hoff of Brookhaven,Ernie Johnston of Bogue Chitto, Dale Holmes of Enterprise, JaredHall of Brookhaven Academy and Kevin Reed of Loyd Star.
Logan Portrey of Loyd Star is the tight end and MontiCrotwell of Enterprise is the wide receiver. Jody Britt of LoydStar is the punter.
Demarcus Barnes of Loyd Star and Cornelius Allen ofBrookhaven are the return specialists. Quarterback Billy Williamsof Brookhaven is the all-purpose player.
On defense, Adam Smith of Brookhaven Academy is thepunter. The defensive linemen are Adam Speeg and Beau Morrison ofLoyd Star, Kody Burns of Enterprise and Julius Lloyd ofBrookhaven.
Joining Wallace and Covington at linebacker areJeffrey Waycaster of Brookhaven Academy and Lakendrick Maxwell ofBrookhaven. In the secondary are Emmanuel Perkins of Brookhaven,Seth Britt of Loyd Star and Chad Lagrone of Brookhaven Academy.Adam Smith of Brookhaven Academy is the punter.
Thousand-yard rushers led several teams to theirbest-ever season. Vaughn, a muscular 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior,rushed for 1,212 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He had 1,783all-purpose yards. On defense, Vaughn led the Yellow Jackets with138 tackles and 5 sacks as a linebacker.
“Shermaine meant a lot to us in every aspect of thegame,” said Enterprise coach Ricky Deere. “He has been starting forfour years. He got better and better every year. He lifted theweights hard and he lifted at home, too.
“Shermaine always accepted the challenge. When thegoing got tough, he was right in the middle of it. He didn’t backdown.”
Derrick Johnson (5-11, 165, sr.) was instrumental inLoyd Star’s march to the Class 2A South State championship game. Herushed for 1,824 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. At cornerback, hemade 87 tackles and returned an interception 90 yards for a TDagainst Gulfport St. John in the South titlegame.
“Derrick got better every year,” said Loyd Star coachAnthony Hart. “He worked hard in practice and gave 100 percent onevery play and provided us with leadership.”
Ben Davis (5-9, 165, sr.) made the transition fromrunning back to quarterback last summer as the Cougars realizedtheir most-ever victories. He completed 32 of 88 passes for 705yards and 6 touchdowns. As a rusher, he gained 650 yards and scored11 TDs.
Dominick Addison (6-1, 210, sr.) provided the BogueChitto Bobcats with a major boost on offense, in leading them totheir best-ever season. He rushed for 1,501 yards and 24touchdowns. He had 1,804 all-purpose yards and punted for a47.3-yard average. On defense he made 31 solo tackles atlinebacker.
Cody Covington (6-1, 230, sr.) led the Loyd StarHornets on defense with 151 tackles, 7 fumble recoveries and 1interception. He also started at offensive guard.
John Wallace (6-0, 210, sr.) led Bogue Chitto ondefense with 108 tackles, including 75 solo stops. He also startedat fullback.
Cass Brister (6-3, 180, sr.) came on strong whenstarting quarterback Seth Britt was sidelined by a shoulder injury.Brister completed 23 of 48 passes for 723 yards and 8touchdowns.
Kern Hoff (6-1, 240, sr.) was a 3-year starter atBrookhaven and anchored the line at guard. “Kern is a very strongand intelligent blocker,” said Brookhaven coach AndrewHickman.
Ernie Johnston (6-6, 300, sr.) has anchored theBogue Chitto line for three years. “Ernie has been a leader on theline for us,” said Bogue Chitto coach Carl Cole.
Dale Homes (6-0, 265, jr.) helped pave the way forthe Enterprise running backs. “Dale is solid. He has good basicfundamentals and he’s smart,” said Enterprise coach RickyDeere.
Jared Hall (6-3, 265, sr.) transferred from LawrenceCounty and made a big impact with his new team, earningall-district and all-star team recognition. “Jared has ranked asthe No. 1 offensive lineman in our district,” said BrookhavenAcademy head coach Ray Ishee.
Kevin Reed (5-10, 210, sr.) was one of the Hornets’leaders in the line. “Kevin is a very good, solid blocker,” saidLoyd Star coach Anthony Hart.
Logan Portrey (6-1, 200, sr.) caught 13 passes for409 yards and 5 touchdowns this season for Loyd Star, plusproviding blocks.
Monti Crotwell (5-11, 190, sr.) caught 14 passes for458 yards and 8 touchdowns at Enterprise, helping lead the Jacketsto a 7-5 record and a berth in the stateplayoffs.
Jody Britt (6-1, 165, jr.) became an outstandingkicker for the Hornets, making 54 of 65 extra points and threefield goals.
Billy Williams (6-3, 200, sr.) made the transitionfrom receiver to quarterback for the Panthers. He completed 49 of117 passes for 736 yards and 7 touchdowns. He rushed for 336 yardsand 5 TDs, collecting 1,114 all-purpose yards. Williams also playedsafety on defense and punted for a 31.3-yardaverage.
Cornelius Allen (5-9, 180, sr.) provided plenty ofoffense for the Panthers in their 5-5 state playoff season. In ninegames, Allen rushed for 967 yards and 9 touchdowns. He caught 14passes for 131 yards and 2 TDs, compiling 1,418 all-purpose yards.He returned 14 kickoffs for a 20.1-yard average.
Demarcus Barnes (5-11, 180, sr.) possessed breakawayspeed. He returned two kickoffs and a punt for a touchdown thisseason. He also started in the defensive secondary for Loyd Star,making 45 tackles and 2 interceptions.
Adam Speeg (6-3, 220, sr.) accounted for 94 tacklesand 1 pass interception for Loyd Star.
Kody Burns (6-4, 185, sr.) was a defensive leaderfor the Yellow Jackets. He had 7 quarterbacksacks.
Julius Lloyd (5-10, 185, jr.) led Brookhaven’sdefensive line and made a total of 73 tackles, including 4sacks.
Beau Morrison (6-3, 310, sr.) accounted for 90tackles as a Loyd Star lineman.
Blake Killingsworth (6-1, 210, sr.) led BrookhavenAcademy with 165 tackles.
Lakendrick Maxwell (6-0, 175, jr.) made 68 tacklesfor the Panthers. He recovered 4 fumbles and returned aninterception for a TD.
Emmanuel Perkins (6-0, 175, jr.) led Brookhaven with89 tackles, including 48 solo stops from his safetyposition.
Chad Lagrone (6-0, 165, sr.) led the BA Cougarssecondary. He intercepted 3 passes this season.
Seth Britt (6-0, 185, sr.) intercepted 3 passes forLoyd Star and made 39 tackles.
Adam Smith (6-1, 225, sr.) punted 43 times for a39.1-yard average. As a running back, he rushed for 1,103 yards and12 touchdowns.