Seven make all-state team

Published 11:42 am Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It was a down year for most of the football teams in the Vicksburg area. For the players, however, it was a remarkable one.

Four players from the city — Vicksburg High receiver A.J. Stamps, Warren Central punter Devon Bell and St. Aloysius’ Carlton Campbell and Sage Lewis — were selected first-team all-state by the Mississippi Association of Coaches on Monday. Vicksburg offensive tackle Norman Price was selected second-team All-Class 6A.

Joining them are two players from the surrounding area, Port Gibson defensive lineman Isaiah Anderson and Hinds AHS defensive back Ledarion Robinson.

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Central Hinds kicker Pate DeMuth and quarterback Jordan Currie were named to the All-MAIS team that was released last week.

Stamps and Bell both followed up their appearances in last weekend’s Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game with the all-state nod.

Stamps led the state in receiving for much of the season, and finished with 77 receptions for 1,289 yards and 19 touchdowns. All three totals were Warren County records. He also started at safety for the Gators and led the team with 104 tackles and three interceptions.

Bell, who committed to Mississippi State over the summer, earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the top punters and kickers in the state. He averaged 41.8 yards per punt, put 24 of his 28 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and kicked 18 PATs and four field goals. Bell’s 55-yard field goal against Jim Hill was a Warren County record.

Campbell and Lewis both made the Class 1A first team for their special teams work — Campbell as a punter and Lewis as a long snapper — but could just as easily have earned the honor at several other positions.

Campbell averaged 39.8 yards on 28 punts. He was also the Flashes’ leading rusher, with 1,267 yards and nine touchdowns; led the team with 15 receptions for 163 yards; made 88 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back; and averaged 20.3 yards on 22 kick returns.

Lewis rarely left the field, playing on St. Al’s offensive line and as a linebacker and long snapper. The junior led the Flashes with 106 tackles.

Port Gibson’s Anderson was selected first-team All-Class 4A as a defensive lineman. The 6-foot-1, 260-pound tackle had 54 solo and 64½ total tackles, along with 17 sacks.

Robinson missed two games with a knee injury, but still rushed for 797 yards and 15 touchdowns.