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Charleston places two on first-team 2A all-state squad
Gritty running back Jordy Mixon and speedy cornerback Dontay Clark, both of Charleston, were named to the Class 2A Bob Carter-Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association All-State first team.
"They both deserved it," Charleston coach Brent Anderson said. "They both worked very hard to get where they're at."
The all-state teams for classes 1A through 3A were released today. Classes 4A and 5A will be released Thursday.
Charleston, which was defeated by state champion John Burroughs in the state quarterfinals, ended up ranked seventh in Class 2A with a 9-3 record. Charleston's other losses came to New Madrid County Central -- which ended up second in 3A -- and Class 4A Sikeston.
Mixon, who was slowed in midseason with an ankle injury and missed two games, ended up rushing for 1,386 yards on 165 carries and 16 touchdowns.
"Jordy's been doing it for three years," Anderson said. "He started out as a fullback. He loves contact and he's a power runner with good speed. You get him in the open field and he can make a move, too. You just never know what he's going to do. We're obviously going to miss him."
Arguably the area's best cover corner, Clark posted 70 tackles and intercepted five passes.
"Without a doubt, he's the best I've ever coached," Anderson said. "His coverage skills, you just can't describe it. He's got great instincts, he's quick and has got great coordination. He's such a playmaker on both sides of the ball and the biggest thing, he's a super kid, a great student and our team leader."
Clark was also the team's quarterback.
Eagles load up
Also from the region, New Madrid had four all-staters, three on the first team.
From NMCC (12-2), running back Dereke Tipler (5-10, 185, sr.), offensive lineman Chad Nolen (6-3, 250, sr.) and defensive lineman Desmond Sims (6-3, 190, sr.) made the first team, while linebacker George Strickland (5-11, 175, sr.) was named to the second team. Coach Steve Rogers, his first year as Eagles' head coach, was named Class 3A Coach of the Year.
Also in 3A, Kennett's Dustin Pritchett (6-2, 190, sr.) was named first team as an end and Dominique Conrad (6-1, 175, sr.) of Park Hills Central made the second team as a defensive back.
In 1A, Hayti's Charles Gaines (6-1, 305, sr.) made first team as a defensive lineman and his teammate William Moore (6-3, 190., so.) made second team as an end.
Hayti ended up ranked sixth at 11-1.
The all-state list was named in honor of Bob Carter, the longtime Association president who was killed in an automobile accident in November.
For a complete list of the 1A-3A all-state teams, see Scoreboard on 2B.