Tallulah Academy dominates roster of All-MAIS 8-Man football team

Published 8:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tallulah Academy ran roughshod over the rest of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ 8-Man football division, and reaped one last harvest of awards to prove it.

Quarterback Joshua Collins was named the 8-Man Offensive Player of the Year, Annon Etheridge was the Coach of the Year, and five other players made the All-MAIS team announced by the association.

Offensive linemen Marsh Wood and David Peterson, defensive linemen Hager Fortenberry and Parker Morgan, and linebacker Carter Sullivan all made the All-8-Man team.

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Collins rushed for 2,709 yards and 54 touchdowns for the Trojans, and also completed 25 of 42 passes for 589 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 17.7 yards per carry and accounted for one touchdown every three times he touched the football.

In two seasons as a starter, Collins ran for 4,212 yards and 76 touchdowns.

Etheridge, meanwhile, led Tallulah to a perfect 13-0 record and the 8-Man championship in his second season as head coach. It was Tallulah’s third championship in five years since joining the 8-Man division in 2013. Tallulah averaged 55.8 points per game this season, and only won two games by less than 26 points.

Among the other All-MAIS players, Sullivan led the Trojans with 108 total tackles and had three interceptions. Morgan had 60 tackles and four sacks, while Fortenberry had 50 tackles and two interceptions.

Fortenberry also played running back. He finished with 330 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner in the Trojans’ 40-34 victory over Manchester Academy in the state championship game.

The association picked an All-MAIS team for each of its five classifications. St. Aloysius offensive lineman Tyler Breithaupt was selected to the Class AAA team.

Breithaupt was also selected to play in the MAIS All-Star game and played on both the offensive and defensive lines. As an offensive tackle, he helped the Flashes average 35.1 points per game over their last seven games as they made a late-season charge to the Class AAA playoffs. On defense, he ranked third on the team with 48 tackles and had two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Central Hinds running back Prentice Brown, offensive lineman Stevie Ballard and kicker Jance Riley also made the Class AAA team.

Adams County Christian running back Jakarius Caston was the Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year and David King was the Coach of the Year. Indianola Academy linebacker Stefon Smith was the Defensive Player of the Year.

In Class AA, Greenville-St. Joseph’s John Baker was the Coach of the Year. The Vicksburg native led the Irish to their second consecutive Class AA championship.

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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