Griffin adds to county’s college football honor roll with All-SWAC selection

Published 10:06 am Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Warren County’s football alumni earned plenty of recognition in their respective conferences this season.

Southern University kicker Joshua Griffin, a Warren Central alum, was named to the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference second team on Monday.

Griffin made 7 of 11 field goals this season, with a long of 54 yards, and 30 of 33 PAT attempts. His field goal total tied for third in the SWAC. Griffin also had 23 touchbacks on 49 kickoffs.

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Griffin is the sixth player from Warren County to earn an all-conference selection this season. The others are:

• Bluefield University defensive back Tyrese Wolfe was a second-team All-Appalachian Athletic Conference selection.
Wolfe, a former Vicksburg High star, had three interceptions, four pass break ups, 37 tackles and a forced fumble.

• Reinhardt University defensive lineman Vertez Shorter also made the All-Appalachian Athletic Conference second team.

The former Warren Central standout is a three-year starter for Reinhardt and has 11 career sacks. This season, he had 44 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss.

• Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Brandon Gilliam made the All-Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference second team.

The sophomore from Warren Central handled kicking and punting duties for Co-Lin. He made 16 of 23 field goals to to rank first in NJCAA Division I, and was 34-for-35 on PAT attempts. Gilliam averaged 33.0 yards on 42 punts.

Co-Lin finished with a 9-2 record and reached the MACCC championship game for the first time since 2014. It will play in the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl against Navarro College Saturday in Commerce, Texas, at noon.

• Mississippi Delta linebacker Malik Sims was a second-team All-MACCC pick. The Warren Central alum had 40 total tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

• Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College running back Trey Hall also made the All-MACCC second team. The Warren Central graduate ranked third in the NJCAA by averaging 7.2 yards per carry, and totaled 883 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Hall ran for 100 yards or more in four of the Bulldogs’ last six games.

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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