Cole powers All-Area Defensive Team
LCHS senior named Defensive MVP
Lawrence County senior linebacker T-Tez Cole dominated on defense as he powered the Cougars with 187 total tackles for an average of 12.5 tackles per game.
Cole had 28 tackles for loss, two sacks, four fumbles caused and five fumble recoveries. He returned one fumble for a touchdown, and also returned his one pass interception for a touchdown.
For these accomplishments Cole has been selected as The Daily Leader’s Overall Most Valuable Defensive Player.
“I am very honored to receive the defensive MVP award,” Cole said.
This defensive dream team is made up of players inside and outside of Lincoln County with stats being provided by high school coaches. Having 11 schools in The Daily Leader’s coverage area, the dream team selection has been reformatted to First Team selection, Second Team selection and Honorable Mention.
Battling in the trenches as linemen on the First Team selection are Stephen Springfield of Brookhaven, Chris O’Quinn of Franklin County, Patrick Harris and Duquan Tillman, both of Hazlehurst.
Joining Cole at linebacker are Parker Flowers of Loyd Star, Azar Myles of Lawrence County, Tim Steward of Hazlehurst and Wesley Calcote of Brookhaven.
The secondary features Kemarcus Brown of Lawrence County, Ryan Johnson of Franklin County, Rykendrick Harness of Lawrence County and Marquavis Dunn of Franklin County.
The dream team’s punter is Antonio Christmas of Franklin County.
The players receiving Second Team honors on the defensive line are Marcus Kees of Lawrence County, Billy Johnson of Hazlehurst, Bobby Pritchard of Wesson, Carter Culbertson of Brookhaven Academy and Lofton Sills of West Lincoln.
In the linebacker position are Sherman Jackson of Bogue Chitto, Demarcus Smith of Wesson, Dedric Smith of Brookhaven and Connor Griffin of Brookhaven Academy.
In the secondary are Kejuan Brown of Lawrence County, Damariun Wilson of Hazlehurst, Kobe Roberts of Bogue Chitto and Lakin Wallace of Loyd Star.
The Second Team punter is Thomas Patterson of Loyd Star.
T-Tez Cole (6-0, 215, sr.), was Lawrence County’s team captain and leader on and off the field. Cole did whatever his coaches asked him to do, whether it was to play on offense, defense or special teams.
Cole played sparingly on offense, but was a big producer as he rushed for 644 yards and six touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns. On special teams, Cole finished with 77 total yards as he helped lead his Lawrence County Cougars to a 13-2 season.
“We had a great season,” Cole said. “This was a great experience for me and my teammates. I expect everyone on the team will learn from this experience and work even harder during the offseason to prepare for next year’s state championship run.”
Cole is being highly recruited by several JUCO colleges around the area. He has already received scholarship offers to play both football and baseball. He has not officially decided where he wants to attend yet, but he wants to major in agricultural engineering.
“Cole is a great player and a great kid,” coach Jaymie Palmer said. “He possess that ‘it’ factor that all coaches loves. T-Tez will always make the big plays when we need it. He also sets a great example for the rest of the team to follow. He is very dependable and a hard working individual that loves the game.”
First Team Defense
Stephen Springfield (6-2, 260, sr.) had 40 total tackles, of which, 27 were solo tackles.
Chris O’Quinn (5-8, 180, sr.) was the leader on Franklin County’s defense with 146 tackles, including 28 solos.
Patrick Harris (5-11, 200, jr.) was credited with 114 tackles, two forced fumbles, one interception and six sacks for the Hazlehurst Indians.
Duquan Tillman (5-5, 165, fr.) was instrumental on defense for Hazlehurst with 80 stops and 62 solos.
Parker Flowers (6-0, 190, jr.) was the key player for Loyd Star’s defense with 159 tackles – 110 were solos.
Azar Myles (6-1, 180, jr.) stepped up big for the LCHS Cougars as he finished with 137 total tackles on the season.
Tim Steward (5-8, 175, soph.) was an impact player for Hazlehurst with 178 tackles on the season.
Wesley Calcote (5-11, 200, fr.) had a huge freshman year for the Panthers as he finished with 75 tackles on the season, with 67 solo tackles.
Kemarcus Brown (5-8, 170, jr.) had 95 tackles on the season and two interceptions for Lawrence County.
Ryan Johnson (5-11, 160, sr.) had 100 tackles and one pass theft and one fumble recovery for the Bulldogs.
Rykendrick Harness (6-5, 185, jr.) had 98 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery for LCHS.
Marquavis Dunn (5-9, 208, sr.) finished with 90 tackles for the Bulldogs.
Antonio Christmas (5-10, 165, sr.) was a key factor for Franklin County. He helped pin opposing offenses deep in their territory with an average of 30 yards per punt.
Second Team Defense
Marcus Kees (6-0, 200, sr.) had 72 tackles, six sacks and six fumble recoveries for Lawrence County.
Billy Johnson (5-10, 195, sr.) was one the main catalysts on defense for Hazlehurst with 78 tackles and four sacks on the season.
Bobby Pritchard (6-0, 165, sr.) collected 56 tackles, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries for the Wesson Cobras.
Carter Culbertson (5-10, 165, sr.) was one of BA’s tackling machines with 73 tackles on the season.
Lofton Sills (5-9, 180, sr.) accounted for 79 tackles and five sacks for West Lincoln.
Sherman Jackson (6-0, 170, jr.) made 73 tackles, one fumble recovery and two sacks for the Bogue Chitto Bobcats
Demarcus Smith (5-10, 180, sr.) accounted for 45 tackles, including seven sacks, for the Wesson Cobras.
Dedric Smith (6-1, 210, sr.) collected 42 tackles – 33 were solos for BHS.
Connor Griffin (5-11, 170, jr.) paced the BA Cougars with 77 tackles.
Kejuan Brown (5-8, 160, sr.) had 64 tackles for Lawrence County.
Damariun Wilson (5-6, 150, jr.) had 82 tackles featuring 71 solo tackles for Hazlehurst.
Kobe Roberts (5-10, 165, sr.) made 95 tackles on the season, with one interception and two fumble recoveries for the Bobcats.
Lakin Wallace (5-9, 150, soph.) had very productive season for the Hornets with 64 tackles, including 42 solos, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
Thomas Patterson (5-9, 165, sr.) displayed a strong leg for the Loyd Star Hornets. He averaged 28 yards per punt.