South Panola / Lafayette County Pictures
South Panola and Lafayette County Spring game was played in front of 1, 500 plus
fans at the Commodore's stadium and had several good looking Division 1 prospects.
QB (Montez Phillips) is a difference maker,"
added South Panola head coach, Lance Pogue. "There is no question they will
be the team to beat in (Class) 4A. My belief is there is not a better team in
4A, unless they are hiding somewhere. Their QB can win it on his own. He can single
handily keep them going. But they have a tough front seven on defense. That number
75 (DT) is a load, and they have good skilled players. But their QB can make it
happen with his arms and legs. There are not many in the state in his class."
The Tiger have won five straight Class 5A state
championships and 75 straight games, which is the nation's longest winning streak,
but they took a 7-0 defeat to Lafayette County last Thursday.
This offseason, they lost four of their five offensive linemen due to graduation
but they did return 1st Team All-State selection, Don
The problems with the Tiger's offense, as
they failed to score a TD in the 7-0 defeat to Lafayette County on Thursday, was
the fact that they were not playing with their starting QB, David
Renfroe (had warts removed from hand) starting tailback Nicholas
Parker and starting FB, Reuben Corley
(taking care of books).
Add this to the fact that they went from a power
offense to the spread this Spring and it spelled trouble.
their trigger man, David Renfroe, the backup QB simply did not run the
spread as the Tigers would like to. But with David's accuracy and pocket awareness,
expect South Panola to be a much more efficient offense next season.
the Tigers did have success on the ground, it was usually behind the rear of OL
Don Blevins with Ath David Conner
totting the ball.
|OT Don Blevins|
Don is a 6' 2", 295 pound offensive
tackle that is being moved to center in the summer. He could play anywhere from
guard to center on the next level.
Blevins moves his feet
very well and has a good push in the running game.
are going to move Don to center this summer," added South Panola head coach,
Lance Pogue. "He is an All-State lineman and is the only guy returning from
last year's line. He will be the one that we look to give our young guys some
leadership. Don will be our catalyst there next year. We think he is one of the
top offensive linemen in the state. He has great strength, feet, and can really
LSU, MSU, Alabama, and Arkansas are his
early favorites. He has not received any scholarship offers as of date. Like we
see with so many South Panola prospects who dominate on the high school level,
his height (6' 2") is probably hurting him a bit with the college recruiters.
still think Don is worth taking a serious look at, regardless of his height, due
to his footwork and brute strength.
As we mentioned above, David Conner, was displayed at RB for the
first time in his high school career in Thursday's Spring scrimmage. And boy did
The South Panola offense was lacking the explosiveness that
we are so use to seeing without David in at tailback. We have seen so many talented
and explosive players in the backfield in the past from Toward Samford to Marcus
Griffith to Chris Young to Derek
Pegues to LeRoy Diggs to Darius
While the Tigers had many solid tailbacks who played in
the game, none had the hop and quickness that David Brought to the table.
two longest drives came when David was in at tailback, as he only played two full
series at the tailback position.
But it is on defense where David has
made the biggest impact so far in his high school career.
he led the Tigers in total tackles (97), tackles for losses (18), sacks (14),
and forced fumbles (3). Conner and Dennis Thames
out of Louisville were the only juniors named to Mississippi's 1st Team All-State
squad that includes all classifications.
"I found out last year
when we played George County that a skilled player can go both ways and take the
pounding and still be good at the end of the game," added Coach Pogue. "Alonzo
Lawrence played CB and WR for them and was just as strong at the end of the
game as he was at the start. I think David is the top player in the state of Mississippi.
We are going to set 10 to 15 plays out for him on offense because he can be our
home run hitter, and he is the key to our defense. I will put it this way. I would
not trade David Conner for anybody else in Mississippi."
Miss, MSU, and Auburn have offered. Michigan is also heavily involved.
The defensive line for South Panola features
four good looking players who all look to be D1 prospects. Their starting nose
guard, Marjarvin Chapman, really plugs the middle well which frees up his
ends, linebackers, and safeties to make the plays. He is extremely strong (benches
385) and plays every down 110%.
If it were not for his lack of height,
looks to be around 5' 10", he would be one of the more sought after defensive
tackles in the country.
"Margarvin is just
your typical nose guard. He is a little short, but he has great strength and a
real powerful body," stated Coach Pogue. "He is the anchor for
our run defense. Chapman is a run stopper, no question about it."
and Marshall are showing the most interest.
One the left end sat Kendrick Strong,
who is is related to former Ole Miss players Eddie and Chris
Strong. Strong was not as active as we thought he would be but there looks
to be a reason why.
"Kendrick had an elbow injury and probably
should have not played in the game," added Coach Pogue. "But he wanted
to play anyway. He has great strength and quickness coming off of the end. He
has that first step you are looking for in a speed rusher. He is 6' 2", 260
Ole Miss, Memphis, Tennessee, and MSU are showing the
The 5' 10", 240 pounder is what you
term a "between the tackles" linebacker. Anything that is run between
the tackles, Marvin is going to meet you head on and he will simply lay the wood
It did look like he struggles getting outside the lanes, but with
his power and physical nature, there is a spot for him on the D1 level.
is as good as you will find," commented Pogue. "I really think MSU is
about to offer him. Marvin has great strength and great instincts. He is a true
ILB and was an impact player for us last year. Burdette is a run stopper and a
great kid too. He is probably the most underrated player off of our team."
is showing the most interest. Memphis and Southern Mississippi are also in the
Underclassmen at South Panola
non-seniors on South Panola's team that you will need to keep an ear out for (talking
to you D1 recruiters) are rising freshman DL Isaac Gross (6' 5", 250),
rising sophomore RB Quintarrius Griffin ( 5' 10", 220), and rising
juniors RB Nicolas Parker (6' 1", 225) and DE Devin Clark(6'
**On DE Issaac Gross
"I really do
not like to talk about the youngsters to the media, but I will leave it at this,
he has a chance to put his mark on the South Panola program. He has it all, just
a freak. We are going to bring him along slowly, but not too many 8th graders
have come through this program like this one.
**On RB Quintarrius Griffin
"That is Jeramie Griffin's little
brother. He is about 5' 10", 218 and has 4.7 speed. He has a great chance
to be a good one here. He is a very physical back but also has great footwork.
He has that good burst. Griffin has a lot of potential."
"He did not play too much tonight because his
ankle is banged up. But he is our starting tailback, and proved last year that
he can really get it done on the championship level. He did a great job filling
in for Tig (Darius Barksdale) last year."
**On DE Devin Clark
is a 6' 3", 260 pound end who I think will grow into a DT. Everybody that
came through here this spring kept asking me about Devin. They were like, who
is this guy? Devin will get a lot of (recruiting) attention next year. He is a
big guy who has great strength. Devin is just a great athlete. We will use him
some at TE too, if that gives you any indication on what type of athlete he is.
We will have to agree with Coach Pogue, the
Commodores will have to be considered if not the favorite, one of the top favorites
to win the state championship this year.
They have maybe the best pure athlete in the state in QB/Ath Montez
Phillips. This young man is all of 6' 3", maybe even more than the 200
pounds we have listed for him, but he can move like someone who is 5' 11".
He can really get it and has a very strong arm.
Lafayette took advantage
of the new secondary that South Panola is sporting, as Montez threw a lot of deep
balls that were basically hail merry passes that were completed.
did a good job at attacking the the Tiger's weaknesses.
But like Coach
Pogue said, Montez can take over a game all by himself. He is that good and will
be one of the leading candidates for Mr. Football in the state of Mississippi.
Miss, MSU, and USM have offered and Alabama is also in the mix.
#75 that Coach Pogue was alluding to was the nose guard for Lafayette County,
Jermaine Pegues. If this kid were not in the 5' 9" ish range, he would
be wanted by everyone in the country. He single handily destroyed the Tigers offensive
line as he was in South Panola's backfield all day long.
a load, around 300 pounds, but is so fast off of the ball and extremely strong.
might be one of those players that nobody takes a chance on, but one school, and
they come out smelling like a rose.
Should be interesting to watch.