Jacardius Griffin runs around the left side end during a game played earlier this year. Griffin was named the Region 5-3A Most Valuable Player for the 2012 football season.
Jacardius Griffin runs around the left side end during a game played earlier this year. Griffin was named the Region 5-3A Most Valuable Player for the 2012 football season.
Philadelphia High School junior Jacardius Griffin has been named the Most Valuable Player on the All-Region 5-3A football team.

The 135-pound junior running back scored 26 touchdowns during the Tornadoes' 13-1 season which saw them win the region and advance to the third round of the state playoffs. Griffin rushed the ball 211 times for 1,515 yards.

Philadelphia senior linebacker Kaleb Moore was named the region's Best Defensive Player. Moore had 62 solo tackles and 27 assists. He was credited with four interceptions and three sacks. Moore also played running back and finished with 374 yards on 56 carries and three touchdowns.

Any player who is named best in his position also is considered on the all-region first team. Philadelphia, which went undefeated in district play for the third straight season, had 13 players to make the first-team and nine players to make the second all-region team. Choctaw Central had four to make first team honors and four on the second team.

Griffin's backfield mate, junior quarterback Romon Gray, was named the all-region team's Best Offensive Back. Gray completed 41-of-83 passing attempts for 769 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was intercepted eight times. Gray also rushed the ball 148 times for 1,199 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Leading the way was 320-pound senior tackle Doug Taylor was named Best Offensive Linemen in the region.

The Tornadoes also netted two top honors on the defensive side of the ball.

Junior Fent Mars was named Best Linebacker. Mars finished the season with 115 tackles, two quarterback sacks and one fumble recovery.

Anthony Triplett was named the Best Defensive Back in the region. Triplett finished with 11 interceptions and 40 tackles.

Choctaw Central's Demarcus Wilson was named the region's Best Punter. He averaged over 40 yards per kick.

The Philadelphia High School coaching staff under the direction of Teddy Dyess was named the Coaching Staff of the Year in the region.

Other top honorees were as follows: Offensive MVP - Damion Willis, Southeast Lauderdale; Best Receiver - Demonte Morgan, Heidelberg High School; Best Defensive Lineman - Tyler Pace, Newton High School; Best Kicker - Andrew Bernard, Southeast Lauderdale; and, Best Kick Returner - Anthony Ruffin, Kemper County.

Those members of the Philadelphia High School team who were named to the first team were: guard Levondrick Carter, defensive end Malek Moore, linebacker Mark Hughes, nose guard Darrell Rosell, linebacker Ken Triplett, defensive back Montreal Jordan, linebacker Josh Fulton and tight end Abe Mars.

Choctaw Central's Alex Lacy, Tobiah Ben and Cody Anderson were also named to the first team.

Those members of the Tornado team who were named to the second team were tackle Chris Gill, fullback Kenshon Henderson, linebacker Keylon Burnside, defensive end Dustin Sullivan, center Ty Gilmer, wide receiver T.J. Hudson, defensive back Johntreal Pickens and defensive end Zack Ingram.

Those players being named to the second team for Choctaw Central were Janneva Bolin, Devin Charlie, Dalton Clegg and Jaycee Henry.