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All-State teams released

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Remond Willis
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association released the All-State football team for Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 on Wednesday.

Six players from the SEMO Conference were selected. In Class 3, New Madrid County Central's Remond Willis made first team at running back.

He was selected along with Ste. Genevieve's Adam Schwent and Duchesne's Tony Glosier.

"He carried the offense on his shoulders for most of the year," said NMCC head coach Steve Rogers. "He had a great season for us and was another in a long line of great running backs that we've had at New Madrid County Central."

The 6-foot-1, 220 pound senior finished with 2,002 yards on 262 carries, scoring 26 touchdowns. He has verbally committed to play for the University of Illinois next fall.

Also making the first team was Caruthersville running back Jimmy Jackson in Class 2. Jackson was selected along with Berkeley's Tony LeGrone and Brentwood's Hardy Ricks.

"He's a great athlete -- probably the best I've ever coached," said Caruthersville head coach David Gilmore. "Everybody keyed on him, but he still managed to get his 200 plus yards a game."

The 5-foot-8, 175 pound senior led the SEMO Conference in rushing with 2,594 yards. He also had 436 receiving yards and 238 return yards, scoring 35 total TDs.

In Class 1, Hayti's Antonio Robinson was selected a first team defensive lineman. He was picked along with Mid-Buchanan's Daniel Atkinson, West Platte's D.J. Hall and Adrian's Matt Newkirk.

The 6-foot, 205 pound junior recorded 91 tackles, nine sacks and recovered six fumbles for the Indians this year.

Teammate William Moore made the second team as a defensive back. This year the 6-foot-4, 205 pound senior had 33 tackles with two fumble recoveries. He also had two interceptions, three blocked punts and one sack. Moore has verbally committed to play at the University of Missouri next fall. In Class 2, Caruthersville's Marcus Kimble was named a second team defensive lineman. The 6-foot-2, 215 pound senior recorded 75 tackles and had 12 sacks this year.

"Marcus was a leader for us all year on the defensive side of the ball," said Gilmore. "He was our anchor. We played him at tackle, nose tackle, defensive end and even dropped him back at linebacker from time to time. He's just an all-around great defensive player."

In Class 3, NMCC's Brandon Waters made the second team defensive line. The 6-foot-1, 225 pound senior recorded 85 tackles, 10 sacks and four fumble recoveries for the Eagles this year.

Waters has verbally committed to play at Butler Community College in Kansas.

"He played great football for us -- especially when you consider he has only played for three years," said Rogers. "He's got a good combination of size, strength and speed."

As a team, NMCC finished ranked No. 9 in the final Class 3 poll with a record of 8-3.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the season," said Rogers. "I think we got everything out of the guys we were going to get. It is a tribute to a great coaching staff and a fine group of seniors."

Caruthersville finished ranked No. 4 in the Class 2 poll with a record of 11-2.

"We had a great year," said Gilmore. "In our first year at Caruthersville, we had high expectations as a coaching staff. But I don't think anybody thought we were going to go quite this high."

Find the complete All-State list for Class 1-3 in the scoreboard on page 12. Classes 4-6 will be released on Thursday.