4 local players in All-Star game
CLINTON — The Mississippi Private School Association All-Starfootball game is scheduled Friday at Robinson-Hale Stadium on thecampus of Mississippi College. Pregame ceremonies begin at 5:30p.m. followed by the kickoff at 6.
Representing Brookhaven Academy on the South squad arequarterback Daniel Lofton and lineman Patrick Wallace. From CopiahCounty are running back Brandon Greer and quarterback Daniel Sims.Dane Hogan represents Parklane.
Lofton (6-3, 178) completed 80 of 156 passes for 1,238 yards and10 touchdowns for Brookhaven Academy. He rushed the football 166times for 845 yards and scored 7 touchdowns. His offensive totalfor the year was 2,083 yards. This was Lofton’s first year to startat quarterback after playing wide receiver last year.
“Daniel was one of those kids who would do anything you asked ofhim,” said Brookhaven Academy head football coach Bo Milton. “Hewas at practice every day. He was the key to us going 8-4 thisyear.”
On defense, Lofton finished with 52 tackles, 3 passinterceptions and 1 fumble recovery.
Wallace (6-3, 295) finished the season with 40 tackles playingtackle on offense and defense. Wallace, who was a 3-year starter,is a 2-time All-Conference player.
“Patrick is a coachable kid,” said Milton. “He was a pleasure tocoach. He’s gonna be missed around here. He was the cornerstone toour offensive line.”
Greer (5-11, 180) played running back his senior year for theColonels. He rushed 133 times for 755 yards and 8 TDs. He caught 31passes for 374 yards and TDs. On defense, he had 56 tackles.
“Brandon will represent us well,” said Copiah Academy first-yearhead football coach Scotty Cline. “He is one of our hardestworkers. He was a very versatile football player. Guys like Brandonare hard to come by.”
The Colonels, 2006 state AA champions, were eliminated by 2007state champ Centreville in the South title game and finished11-2.
Sims (5-8, 170) was a starter for 3 years at Copiah. He rushedthe football 115 times for 369 yards and 3 TDs. He completed 133 of273 passes for 2,213 yards and 19 TDs.
“Daniel will represent us well,” stated Cline. “He was athree-year starter for us. He is a proven leader.”
The head coach for the South All-Stars is Jerry Almond ofGlenbrook School. His assistant coaches are Bill Hurst ofCentreville Academy, Charlie Newlon of Parklane Academy and TreyBayliss of East Rankin Academy.
Serving as the North head coach is Randy Martin of BayouAcademy. His assistant coaches are Joey Hawkins of Jackson Academy,Keith Wicker of Marshall Academy and Todd Lott of WashingtonSchool.