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By RUSSELL TURNER
Greene County High School’s success on the football field continued to reap rewards this week when two of the Wildcats’ top players were named as First-Team All-State selections.
Senior defenders Noah Mitchell and Blake Daughdrill were selected by coaches across the state to the Class 4A All-State team. Mitchell, who starred at middle linebacker for the Cats, averaged 11 tackles per game over the 13-game season, while Daughdrill posted over eight per game. Both players were selected to post-season All-Star games as well, with Daughdrill slated to leave Wednesday to participate in this weekend’s Bernard Blackwell North-South All-Star game this Saturday in Gulfport. Mitchell was set to participate in the Offense-Defense All American Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla., later this month, but has opted to forego that event.
Both players said they were humbled by the accolades.
“It just feels like a really cool privilege and honor to be selectDaughdrill, Mitchell named All-State
ed to the All-State team,” said Daughdrill, who is committed to continue his playing career and education for Jones College beginning next fall.
Daughdrill has several collegiate offers on the table, but told the Herald earlier this week his commitment to Bobcat Coach Steve Buckley is solid and that he will sign with the Bobcats. Mitchell also has multiple options for continuing his football career, but said he is committed to play for the U.S. Air Force Academy and will sign a National Letter of Intent with the Falcons during the early signing period later this month.
“It’s cool that two Greene County guys from the defensive side made it (All-State),” Mitchell said. “To me that says a lot about Coach Aycock (GCHS Defensive Coordinator) and the way he prepared us to play.”
GCHS Head Coach Mike King said he was proud of Mitchell and Daughdrill for their efforts in leading the Wildcats two 20 wins over the past two seasons. King, who was attending Region 8-4A coaching meetings on Tuesday, said he expects several Wildcats to earn All-Region honors for their efforts this past year.
For those interested in watching Daughdrill play this weekend, the Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star Football Game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Gulfport High School. Mississippi Public Television will broadcast the game live on its stations across the state as well.