Lewis named county MVP

Published 10:25 pm Thursday, December 18, 2008

Keith swept the board at the 2008 All-County Football Team banquet held at the Dallas County Schools Resource Center on Thursday.

Multiple Bears players followed a season capped by their first playoff appearance since 1998 in style. Running back D’Wan Lewis took the MVP and outstanding offensive player of the year awards. His cousin, linebacker Ricky Lewis, took the award for outstanding defensive player.

“MVP feels great,” said D’Wan Lewis. “I knew something was going to happen (this season). It made a difference at our school.”

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He finished the season with 1,404 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Ricky Lewis compiled 146 tackles on the season.

Though appreciative of his players’ accomplishments, Keith coach Harry Crum looks ahead to next season when both players return for their senior year.

“We had a lot of growing pains, but it paid off,” said Crum. “We have the nucleus of kids coming back.”

Terry Jones Jr. and Clyde Moise also represented Keith on the all-county team.

Dallas County led the way with five players on the all-county team. Keymiya Harrell, Andrew Mahan and Ramon Burrell were named as linemen, and Justin McAfee and Brandon Jackson were the team’s backs.

Dallas County coach John Higgins hopes the selections bode well for the future. The Hornets look to improve on last year’s 4-6 record.

“If you can learn a lot by losing, we should be pretty smart,” said Higgins. “We played better as the season went on.”

Deveion Dukes and JerMichael Lee represented Southside also made the team as lineman.

Julius Brown of Southside won the scholastic award with a 4.25 GPA.