Morgan Academy RB, Dallas County LB nab MVP honors

Published 9:42 am Thursday, December 26, 2019

Morgan Academy running back Holt Utsey and Dallas County linebacker Markeice Stallworth had breakout seasons in Dallas County.

Utsey is The Selma Times-Journal’s offensive MVP. Stallworth earned The Selma Times-Journal’s defensive MVP.

Utsey, a junior, had 2,087 all-purpose yards and scored 19 touchdowns for the Senators (4-7). He rushed 215 times for 1,504 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had 15 receptions for 237 yards and three TDs. Utsey had 10 kickoff returns for 345 yards and a score. He also played defensive back.

“There’s not a better back in the state.” Senators coach Josh Thacker said. “He hardly left the field every Friday night and  still managed over 2,000 all purpose yards playing the best the AISA has to offer.”

Stallworth, a sophomore was the driving force behind the Hornets going from 0-10 to 4-7 and earning a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs.

Dallas County coach Heath LeVert said Stallworth played a big role in the Hornets’ success this year.

“Without Stallworth, we are nowhere near as good of a team,” LeVert said.