CLINTON – An’Darius Coffey has been sensational for Winona at quarterback this year. But he was chosen for the Mississippi-Alabama Football All-Star Game as a defensive back, the position he is expected to play at the next level.
It's hard to miss Winona senior Saveon Gross in the middle of the Tiger defensive line – a 440 -pound immovable object. It's a position he has occupied since his freshman year.
“I can't say enough good things about him,” said Coach Joey Tompkins. “He is always going to be where he is supposed to be.”
Winona quarterback An'Darius Coffey was sensational, as usual, in a 54-35 victory over defending 3A state champion Water Valley. But it was a special teams touchdown and a defensive TD that turned the game in the Tigers' favor.
“That was the turning point,” said Coach Joey Tompkins.
Winona gave up some big passing plays, but used a balanced offense to hold on for a 35-28 victory over Kosciusko.
“We played pretty well in the second and third quarter,” said Coach Joey Tomkins said. But he added “We gave up too many big plays on defense.”
ACKERMAN – In a game with big plays, Winona quarterback AnDarius Coffey authored most of them in a 42-14 victory over Choctaw County. Coffey totaled 390 yards of offense and five touchdowns, including a 99-yard TD pass, enabling the Tigers to pull away in the second half for their 16th consecutive regular season victory.
The Winona slow pitch softball team dropped four games last week.
“We have to get better,” said Coach Michael Cox.
The only close game was a 16-12 loss to Shannon. Winona had 15 hits and led 12-8 until Shannon took advantage of seven errors and two walks to score eight runs in the sixth.
When Choctaw County and Winona meet Friday in Ackerman, all eyes will be on the opposing quarterbacks, senior An'darius Coffey for the Tigers and junior Tylan Carter for the Chargers. They are the engines that drive their offenses.