Two-way players in high school football are hardly uncommon, but then again most of those two-way players aren’t Justin Walley.
Perhaps no one does more for his team in the entire state and after today no one does it better.
This morning, D’Iberville’s Mr. Do it all was named Mr. Football for class 6A in the state of Mississippi.
Walley is more than deserving, leading the Warriors to their first region 4 title since 2016 behind a 9-0 regular season, the first perfect record in the history of the district.
Heading into the first round of the playoffs, Walley has 1,200 all-purpose yards, more than 700 of those coming on the ground where he averaged more than ten yards per carry to go along with 12 touchdowns.
He had another 300 yards and a score as a receiver as well as a pick-six on defense.
The Minnesota commit is actually a defensive back by trade, recording two interceptions overall, three passes defensed, and a forced fumble.
The three-star recruit had six blocked kicks on special teams, four field goals or PATS and two punts.
To cap it all off, Walley is one of five Coast players named to the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game and somehow this award still caught him by surprise. “I didn’t. I really didn’t think I was in the conversation for it to be honest, so just getting it is just a blessing. I thank God for it. In 6A there’s a lot of great players, so just to be named this is just a huge honor.”
Head Coach Larry Dolan said, “You always hope your good players receive the accolades that they deserve, and he definitely does. He’s a great player and a great kid off the field and does the things he’s supposed to do, so it’s kind of like the Heisman Trophy and things like that. I don’t think you go out there thinking you’re going to win it. But when you do, it sure is nice and I think that’s probably – Justin probably didn’t even know this award existed. And I’ll be honest with you, it caught me by surprise. But when they ask coaches and sports writers and reporters to vote on things, it means a lot that he’s got that sort of clout in the state and his name is out there. Man, he’s a very good player and a very good person.”
Walley says he wants to give all the credit to his offensive line and Coach Dolan because without them he wouldn’t have even been in this position.
Now Walley is in some pretty rare company with this award as one of just three Coast players to win it all-time since its inception in 2016.
Former George County defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson, now a freshman at Texas A&M, won the 6A award last year.
Then St. Stanislaus alum Myles Brennan, now a redshirt junior at LSU, won the 4A honors in 2016.
The Mr. Football Awards are in partnership with the New Orleans Saints, the MHSAA, and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.