D'Iberville vs. St. Martin

Posted Sep 15, 2007

In 2002, D'Iberville won the 4A state championship. Some local folks believe that the 2007 team is the most talented team since the Warriors brought that golden football home from Jackson five seasons ago. After getting a chance to see DHS up close, it is easy to see why the natives are getting restless.

The strength of the D'Iberville team is certainly their skill people. Most players play both ways, so the receivers double as defensive backs.

Perhaps the best player at manning both offensive and defensive posts is junior Kevin Norwood.

Norwood comes in at a legitimate 6-3, 185 and he has the frame to get bigger. He has good hands and a broad wingspan. He is a bit of a long strider, so he is actually faster than he seems. He has very good vision in the open field and he does all he can to score everytime he gets the ball in his hands.

I was impressed with his ability to block down field and he comes across as a very unselfish player. One of the best things about Norwood is that he already knows what their weight room is and he could easily carry 10-15 more pounds of muscle. He has been billed as the best receiver on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, not named DeAndre Brown.

Junior Jacoby Bell is a player we had our combine in New Orleans earlier this year. He has gained some weight since then and appears closer to 200 pounds rather than the 182 he weighed in at during the combine. He could very easily grow into a weakside linebacker.

Bell likes contact especially when he is the distributor of the impact rather than the recipient. He moves well and he has good ball skills. He was able to knife through and block a punt on the evening, but had a little difficulty corraling the ball once it was loose on the turf.

Junior Running back Mark Seymour is a little on the small side, but he is certainly elusive. At 5-8, 160 he is a scat back and he knows it. He works the edges well and he has very good cut back ability. Size will likely keep him out of Division-1, but there is a place for a player with Seymour's talents.

Justin Campbell reports 130+ tackles for the 2006 season and he will get the chance to make a lot more this year from his inside linebacker position. He is good at the point of attack and he shed blocks pretty well.

Campbell, a senior, is flying beneath the radar a bit. His overall size may hurt him, but he understands that he is not going to get looks from BCS schools and he is okay with that. He could make a solid 1-AA player or he could be a contributor in the right scheme at a smaller division one program.

St. Martin is in a rebuilding mode under Coach Ed Stanley. Coach Stanley put the first wheel on the South Panola bandwagon and he is looking to make the Yellowjackets of St. Martin contenders in the future.

A pair of Coach Stanley's juniors who may have the chance to play their way into some offers as seniors are running back Datez Batey and receiver/defensive back Terrell Simpson.

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