Bay High School football players, coach recognized for excellence
Jan 22, 2013, 17:38
Two Bay High Tigers football players and their coach were recognized Monday at the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District board meeting for outstanding achievements in football this year.
Running back Justus Williams received the 2012 WLOX High School Football "Offensive" Player of the Year award earlier this year. He was key in helping the Tigers win 10 out of 12 games overall and make it to the 4A South State quarterfinals before losing to Greene County. He has been offered football scholarships to both Jones Community College and Mississippi Valley State University.
Defensive lineman Phalen Booker was the only student athlete on the Mississippi coast to participate in the 64th Annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic played in Gulfport in December, and he received the Most Valuable Player Award for Division 8 4A. Booker was the first Tiger player to be chosen for this honor since Greg Necaise, who was Booker's line coach, was selected over 25 years ago in 1986. Phalen has a choice of athletic scholarships to a number of schools, including Alcorn State University, Pearl River Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and East Mississippi.
“We are so proud to recognize the talent and hard work these two student athletes demonstrate,” said Rebecca Ladner, superintendent of the BWSD. “And of course we couldn't have an outstanding football team without an outstanding football coach.”
WLOX also selected Bay High Coach Jeff Hopgood as the 2012 WLOX High School Football Co-Coach of the Year, an honor he shared with Pascagoula Panthers coach Lewis Sims.
Hopgood coached the Tigers to finish the regular season with 8 wins and 1 loss, followed by impressive victories over Northeast Jones and Germantown in the 4A State playoffs. After leading at halftime over Greene County, the Tigers fell short when the Wildcats rallied, ending Bay High's season with a dramatic 28-26 win over the Tigers.
"I'd like to than my assistant coaching staff. They did a great job all year," Hopgood stated. "The players believe in the values we try to teach them on a daily basis on and off the field. They worked hard and had a great year to show for it.”