Although the football season ended a couple weeks ago for both Independence and Senatobia, recognition continues to pour in for players of both teams with the announcement of the Region 2-3A “Super 22” team and first team honors.
One of the most notable award winners came from Independence, as senior quarterback Kylan Garrett was named the Region 2-3A Offensive Most Valuable Player. Garrett completed 22 passes for 451 yards and nine touchdowns, while also racking up 1,318 yards on 151 carries with 13 touchdowns.
Garrett’s backfield partner, Lundon Sandridge, was one of six Wildcats named to the “Super 22” team, after rushing for 839 yards and seven touchdowns on 110 attempts. Senior Mareon Mays joined Sandridge on the “Super 22” team as long snapper and the only other offensive selection.
Defensively, Independence saw defensive tackle Deatrick McClatchey, linebacker Jashun Davis, defensive back Quae Shorty and athlete Keon Mays all selected to the “Super 22” list. Davis finished second on the team in tackles with 64 total stops and two blocked field goals, while McClatchey posted 59 total tackles and three tackles-for-loss.
Additionally, Independence also finished with four players on the First Team, including offensive linemen Morgan Hibbler and Brigham Pierce, along with defensive lineman Martavis Ester and sophomore defensive back Jimarion Jones.
Senatobia saw nine of its players earning “Super 22” recognition, including junior tailback Jordan Osborn, sophomore receiver JaBrysten Abram, offensive linemen LaJoshua Jackson, Chavarius Garrett, linebackers Jaylon Williams and Brandon Mercer, defensive backs Luke Sinquefield and Carlando Crump and punter Koby Rhone.
Six other Warriors also received First Team honors, including offensive lineman Carson Kairit, quarterback Tyreese Hullette, tailback Nickisis Sipp, defensive lineman Canon Crockett, linebacker Riley Stone and defensive back Owen Gayden.
Independence finished the year 2-6 overall, missing out on the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Senatobia posted a 7-3 overall record and fell to Winona in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.