Bray Hubbard, Dante Dowdell win coveted Mr. Football awards

The high school football regular season has come and gone and two Coast teams have separated themselves above the rest, undefeated Ocean Springs in 6A and undefeated Picayune in 5A.

Today, the star player from both schools mixing that team success with one of the highest individual accolades the state of Mississippi has to offer.

Starting with Ocean Springs quarterback Bray Hubbard, coming back to defend his title as Mr. Football, making him the first player to ever win the 6A award twice. The former News 25 Student Athlete of the Week has been a dual-threat monster as a senior, completing 70 percent of his passes for more than 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns to just four picks to go along with 1,200 plus yards on the ground and 14 trips to the end zone on more than eight yards per carry.

Hubbard is committed to Alabama as a safety and was selected to play in next month’s Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic. He tells News 25 “It’s an honor to represent 6A as Mr. Football for the second straight year. It’s a tribute to my teammates and coaches and I’m thankful to be a Greyhound.”

Over in Picayune, senior running back Dante Dowdell has been named Mr. Football for Class 5A, making him the first ever Maroon Tide player to win the award.

You could certainly make the argument he should have won it last year as MVP of his team’s state championship game victory over West Point, but this season will have to do.

Dowdell has been a bell cow for the Tide in 2022, rushing for more than 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns on more than nine yards a carry.

Another former News 25 Student Athlete of the Week, Dowdell is committed to Oregon and was also picked to play in the MS-AL Game.

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