High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Amory

Eye on POY: Mississippi Football

November, 14, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program's selection process.

Anthony Alford
ESPNHSAnthony Alford is the returning Gatorade Mississippi Football Player of the Year.
Anthony Alford
Senior quarterback, Petal (Miss.)

2011 Team record: 8-4
2011 Team standing: Class 5A second round vs. Biloxi on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 85-171 (49.7)-1,550
2011 TDs-INTs: 15-7
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 207-1,324 (6.4)-17

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Mississippi Football Player of the Year. Has accounted for more than 70 percent of Petal's total yards and offensive touchdowns this season. Surpassed 200 yards rushing and passing in 54-37 win over Oak Grove on Sept. 30.

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