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Five Brookhaven players bag Region 3-5A honors

Daily Leader / File Photo / Brookhaven senior running back Thomas Poole (3) is among five Panthers selected on the All-Region 3-5A team.

Daily Leader / File Photo / Brookhaven senior running back Thomas Poole (3) is among five Panthers selected on the All-Region 3-5A team.

The Brookhaven Panthers had five players to make the All-Region 3-5A offensive and defensive team. The players are running back Thomas Poole and linemen Wanya Morris and Brandon Rice on the offensive team. Named to the defensive team are lineman Stephen Springfield and kicker Tyler Mixon.

Ole Brook had several players selected on the All-Region First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention list.

On First Team All-Region 3-5A: Kenneth Bellamy, Wesley Calcote, Darrian Wilson, Willie Bates, Dedric Smith and Jeffrey Johnson.

On Second Team All-Region 3-5A: Jemaurian Jones, Sevante Quinn, Jordan Blackwell, Greg Watts, Trace Clopton and Dahauntre Hill.

On the honorable mention All-Region list: Tyriq Reese, Tavauris Newton, Kenneth Dixon, Kieran Williams and Tremail Richardson.

The Laurel Golden Tornadoes captured three big honors in the selection. Octavius Cooley claimed the overall Most Valuable Player award in Region 3-5A. Keon Howard secured the Most Valuable Offensive Player honors for the second year in a row. Laurel’s coaches were recognized as the Coaching Staff of the Year for the second year in a row.

Wayne County’s Benito Jones earned the Most Valuable Defensive Player award.

The coaches from the Region 3-5A classification voted on the players selected.

All-Region 3-5A Football Team

Most Valuable Player:  Octavius Cooley, Laurel

Most Valuable Offensive Player:  Keon Howard, Laurel.

Best Defensive Player:  Benito Jones, Wayne County.

Coaching Staff of the Year:  Laurel

All-Region 3-5A Offensive Team

Quarterback:  Reggie Stewart, Wayne Co.

Running Backs:  Thomas Poole, Brookhaven; Freddie Jordan, Wayne Co.; Scott Phillips, South Jones.

Wide Receivers:  Dontario Drummond, Laurel; RaMeik Wallace, Wayne Co.; Robert Washington, Wingfield; Jonathan McDougle, Wayne Co.; Malik Byrd, Natchez.

Offensive Line:  Malik Cooley, Laurel; Jordan Taylor, West Jones; Brandon Veasley, West Jones; Hamilton Hudson, Wayne Co.; Wanya Morris, Brookhaven; Brandon Rice, Brookhaven.

Athlete:  Tyquan Ulmer, Laurel.

All-Region 3-5A Defensive Team

Defensive Line:  Kenan Johnson, Natchez; Tree Evans, Wayne Co.; Quindarius Bivens, Wayne Co.; Devon McNeil, Provine; Clarence Thomas, Provine; Brandon Young, West Jones; Darius Townsend, Laurel; Stephen Springfield, Brookhaven

Linebackers:  Larry Keys, West Jones; Dre’ Gandy, Wayne Co.; Tyler Hopkins, Wayne Co.; Denzell Bonner, Wayne Co.; Craig Harper, Provine

Defensive Backs:  Shane Barnes, South Jones; Thakarius Keys, Laurel; Deon Smith, Wayne Co.; Jaquzvious Randle, Provine; Jamarcus Fisher, Wayne Co.; Roy Arrington, Wayne Co.

Kicker:  Tyler Mixon, Brookhaven

Punter: Heath Mosely, Wayne Co.