TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA/ICC/NEMCC Athletics) - Itawamba and Northeast Mississippi Community College each had a number of players selected to the MACJC All-State football teams on Monday. Three Tigers and three Indians earned First Team honors.
ICC sophomore offensive lineman Connor Popeck (Olive Branch), freshman defensive back Xavier Walker (Duluth, Ga.) and freshman linebacker C.J. Jackson (Water Valley) each earned first team honors.
Popeck and Walker were also selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region 23 Team.
Northeast sophomore defensive lineman Lavon Hooks (Atlanta, Ga.) was named first team All-State, All-Region 23 and was honored as the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in the MACJC.
Hooks was tied for second in the MACJC and NJCAA Region 23 in sacks for the 2012 season with 9.5 sacks for the Tigers.
NEMCC sophomore linebacker Nick Thomason (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) and sophomore punter Jonathan Harrison (Belmont) were also named first team All-State and All-Region 23.
For ICC, sophomore defensive back Terrell Pinson (Tupelo), sophomore linebacker Quad Freeman (Guntown), freshman offensive lineman Brandon Jones (Hernando), sophomore offensive lineman Brennan Tutor (Pontotoc), freshman wide receiver Sanford Seay (Albany, Ga.), sophomore wide receiver Rashad Pargo (Aberdeen), sophomore punter Asian Ruff (Dorsey) and freshman place kicker Tyler Jackson (Oxford) all made the MACJC All-State Second Team.
Second Team All-Region 23 selections from Northeast were sophomore running back Jay Jones (Horn Lake), sophomore tight end Logan Stokes (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) and freshman defensive back Brian Walker (Cario, Ga.).
Northeast freshman offensive lineman Anthony Kibler was also named First Team All-Region 23.