Former St. Martin football standouts arrested in gang-related shootout

A sad development in Saturday’s gang-related shooting out of Jackson County. Of the eight suspects arrested, five of them are former St. Martin High School football standouts.

Former linebacker Jayce Franklin and Keni Williams, as well as former star running back Jo’Vawn ‘Ham’ McGee are the most recent St. Martin alumni to be charged in the incident, all from the class of 2019.

Other former Yellowjackets involved are former star quarterback Tyler Polk who went on to play wide receiver at Pearl River Community College and later Arkansas Tech and then Jim Dixon, both from the class of 2016.

McGee was the last of the bunch to play collegiality, having spent his freshman season at East Mississippi Community College in 2019.

As a four-year varsity player at St. Martin, McGee accounted for more than 4,000 total yards and 38 total touchdowns, earning him a spot in the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Classic.

St. Martin Head Football Coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead tells News 25 all of these former players had already played their last games prior to this incident.

Coach Whitehead goes on to tell News 25 “I was very shocked and saddened when I heard it was our former players. I wish we controlled their choices and decisions, but we don’t. I still love them and I am praying for them and their families.”

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