Local high school athletes honored by National Football Foundation
By Joseph W. Gex, II
May 5, 2017, 18:18
The Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame held their annual banquet honoring area student-athletes from the six southern counties for their achievements on the gridiron and in the classroom.
The banquet was held at Cafe Climb in Gulfport.
Bobby Trosclair, President of the chapter, began the evening honoring past award recipients in the audience and presenting various awards to those who have contributed to the success of amateur football.
Keith Williams, Jr, of the Gulfport Gridiron Club presented David Capers of Vancleave the Shorty Sneed scholarship.
The Rocky Byrd Quarterback of the Year award was merited by LaRaymond Spivery of George County. In 2016, he accumulated over 5,000 yards of offense and accounted for over 40 touchdowns.
The Frank "Twig" Branch Coach of the Year Award was presented to Jay Beech of Poplarville. Beech led the Hornets to the Division 7-4A title, the Class 4A South State title and not appearance in the Class 4A state title game.
The Luther Kuykendall Assistant Coach of the Year award was presented to Pascagoula assistant coach John Tomes.
The Bobby Cadenhead Award of Merit was presented to retired Long Beach School District Superintendent Carolyn Hamilton.
The Contribution to Amateur Football award was merited by Kevin Woods of Pass Christian while the Lindy Callahan Distinguished American Award was presented to retired d'Iberville High School head football coach Buddy Singleton.
Bay High's scholar-athlete was Cooper Compretta. He has a 3.65 GPA with a 27 on the ACT. In addition to football, Complete serves as senior class president and is a member of National Honor Society and the Spirit Club. He plans to attend Loyola University and study digital filmmaking.
Hancock's scholar-athlete is Jeremy Fuller. He has a 4.0 GPA and a 27 on the ACT. The Quiz Bowl captain has been a three-year letter winner. He plans to attend USM and study Polymer Science.
Pass Christian's scholar-athlete is VJ Swanier. He has a 3.7 GPA with a 19 on the ACT. The honor roll student plans to attend Gulf Coast Community College.
St. Stanislaus College's scholar-athlete is Corbin Blanchard. He has a 4.35 GPA with a 30 on the ACT. The All-State player has anchored three Rock state championship soccer squads and was a Bernard Blackwell All-Star. He was also named the Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete award winner for Division 8. He has signed to play for the United States Air Force Academy and will study business.
Other recipients include members of the 25 schools in the six southern counties of Mississippi.