Moss Point football sends four to the next level

The Moss Point football program has been on the brink of something special the last two seasons and that showed up in a big way on National Signing Day.

This morning, four Tigers signed national letters of intent to play at the next level, more than any other class in at least ten years.

They call it “the core four,” made of Deuce Lee II, signing with Hinds Community College, Trell Millender with Coahoma, Jadden Matthews with East Mississippi, and Markis Hawthrone with Pearl River.

Together they led the Tigers to their first region title in ten years in 2019 and then just for fun went back-to-back in 2020.

Now they get to take those memories in four separate directions, but before they do, they can celebrate the fact that they called their own shot and made those memories as one. Hawthorne said, “Yeah, it had hit me today. I was just in there and I was like dang, it’s really signing day. Every day at practice, we’re like we’re going to sign them papers one day.”

Millender said, “We’re all here for a reason. And everybody in the room deserves what they’ve got coming for them cause we’ve been working hard since pee wee. We’ve been playing together since we were like six years old. And for us to get here, our senior year, we’re all signing on the same day. It’s a blessing because we’ve been talking about it since we were kids.”

Matthews said, “A lot of hard work, dedication, meeting up, going to the beach, working hard and not giving up because at the end of the day we all had that one goal and that was to be great and go play at the next level, so for us to have an actual signing day with the boys I grew up with, it means a lot to me.”

Lee said, “I mean that means a lot knowing that my class, my former classmates, we did that together. We hadn’t won a district championship in 10 years. I mean we hadn’t won period, so for my class to be that class to go back-to-back, we hadn’t done that in a long time, so I feel like we cemented ourselves in history. But there was that one thing we didn’t get to, but I’m fine with what we did.”

Of course, talking about that gold ball which the Tigers haven’t won in 20 years. Moss Point’s five state titles are more than any other program on the Coast.

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