All-Region 7-2A football team earns several local athletes honors

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The time for postseason football awards has arrived and after a vote by the coaches, the All-Region 7-2A team has been selected.

The Loyd Star Hornets finished as region champs with a 4-0 record against division foes and head coach Brian Ford along with his assistants were tabbed as Coaching Staff of the Year.

Loyd Star junior running back Bryce Ford was picked as the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the region. Amite County senior quarterback Kobe Johnson was named Region Most Valuable Player.

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First team All-Region selections from Loyd Star also included senior linebacker Brantley Walker, senior lineman Bryson Walker, junior lineman Trevor Smith, sophomore defensive back Caleb Smith, sophomore fullback James Goodwin, senior receiver Michael Rodriquez and junior quarterback Carter Holcomb.

Junior running back Julius Smith was named second team All-Region for the Hornets as were senior lineman Lane Calcote and sophomore lineman Conner Cunningham.

Bogue Chitto senior linebacker Colten Bales and West Lincoln senior linebacker Caleb Nations shared the Most Valuable Defensive Player honors.

The BC Bobcats and coach Gareth Sartin finished as region runners-up this season with their only loss coming to Loyd Star.

Other Bobcats selected first team All-Region include senior lineman Felder Sartin, junior defensive back Cameron Williams, junior lineman Jay May, junior quarterback Colton Frith, junior running back Hunter Goebel and sophomore running back Easton Sartin.

Selected second team All-Region from Bogue Chitto were senior kicker Carson Price, sophomore lineman Marshall Hart, junior defender Turner Thompson and sophomore defensive back Shomari Jenkins.

Senior Bogue Chitto lineman Eli Cupit was also selected as Region Most Valuable Lineman and shared that award with senior Jackson Taylor of West Lincoln.

Also selected first team All-Region for West Lincoln coach Brad Bland were senior quarterback Ashtin Auttonberry, senior linebacker Gabe Bush and senior running back Enrico Price.

Senior linebacker Hayden Boyd, senior lineman Jon Pedigo, sophomore lineman Zackary Taylor and senior defender Landon Burgess were all named to the All-Region second team from West Lincoln.