South Panola High School football team honored

By Chip Washington - bio | email

BATESVILLE, MS (WMC-TV) - South Panola High School's 2009 6A state championship team was recognized Tuesday for being one of the best in the nation.

The Batesville, Mississippi school was one of only 50 schools honored by the National Guard's MaxPreps Tour of Champions.  The program awards schools around the country who have exhibited excellence in athletics.

The team's coach, Lance Pogue,  said this was not only an honor for the school, but for the town of Batesville.

"Today we're getting a national award as one of the top 50 football teams in the United States in high school football," Pogue said.  "It's a great day for us here in Batesville."

Daryl Green, manager of the MaxPreps program, also praised the team's academic excellence.

"They were also honored and recognized as an academic school as well," Green said.  "Things are going good here at South Panola right now."

The team's wide receiver, Montez Griffin, hopes this award will help Batesville get the respect it deserves.

"Coming from the state of Mississippi we don't get that much recognition," Griffin said, "but we still do what we do."

Coach Pogue said there is life after football for his kids.  He believes football is important, but he also wants his players to get an education and succeed later in life.

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