WC trio, Dorbeck are All-Stars

Published 10:44 am Thursday, October 9, 2014

 The rising tide of Warren County’s football fortunes has brought with it a boatload of all-stars.

Four players from the county were selected to participate in either the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game or the Bernard Blackwell Mississippi All-Star game on Wednesday. The rosters for both games were announced by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Warren Central defensive back Chris Stamps and St. Aloysius offensive lineman Drake Dorbeck were picked for the Mississippi-Alabama game.

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WC safety Michael Ware and linebacker DeArius Christmas were selected for the Bernard Blackwell Classic, which pits Mississippi’s all-stars against each other. Warren Central head coach Josh Morgan will serve as an assistant for the North All-Stars.

“That will be very special,” Morgan said of coaching his players one last time. “This senior class is near and dear to our coaching staff’s heart. I’m glad I get to be with them one more time.”

Dorbeck, who plays offensive and defensive tackle, was the only player from a Class 1A school selected for the Mississippi-Alabama game.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior is the anchor of an offensive line that has helped the Flashes average 275.6 rushing yards per game during a 6-1 start. On defense, he has 44 total tackles, an interception and nine tackles for loss.

Warren Central’s trio of all-stars all came from the defensive side of the ball.

Stamps, who has committed to Mississippi State, has 11 career interceptions and has been a standout for a WC defense that has allowed the fewest points in Class 6A each of the last two seasons.

Christmas is the two-time reigning Vicksburg Post Defensive Player of the Year. He leads the Vikings this season with 42 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

Christmas has also taken over as the Vikings’ short-yardage back on offense. He’s tied for the team lead with five touchdowns, despite having only 13 carries.

Ware had 96 tackles last season, and 28 so far this year. He also has two takeaways and has blocked a punt.

Morgan said the all-star selections spoke to the strength of the team’s defense, as well as the effort all three of his players have put in during their careers.

Stamps and Christmas are both three-year starters. Ware is in his second season as a starter.

“It’s a testament to those young men,” Morgan said. “High-quality and good character, and it’s good to see other people in the state take notice of what we’ve known all along.”

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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