Two Marksville Tigers named to Class-AAA State All-Star team
Sat, 01/09/2016 - 05:00
Two members of the 2015 Marksville High football team were named to the first team Class-AAA All-State Football Team and two others received Honorable Mention recognition.
All four of the Tigers helped Marksville to an 8-4 record this season and a second-place finish in District 3-AAA.
Under Coach J.T. Dunbar, the Tigers advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing a heart-breaking 22-21 decision to Northwest High School in the final seconds.
Junior quarterback Laquaaron “Qa” Mingo was named to the first team as an athlete while senior Carl Wilmer was named a first team offensive tackle. Senior running back Romeo Williams and senior linebacker Marion Magday were named to the honorable mention team.
Mingo may be small at 5-6 and 145 pounds, but his stats for the season were staggering. He completed 88 of 146 passes for 1,488 yards and12 touchdowns with only four interceptions all year.
On top of his passing, Mingo rushed 212 times for 1,558 yards and scored 22 touchdowns. He averaged 7.3 yards a carry when he ran the ball.
Mingo finished his year with 3,046 yards of total offense and 34 touchdowns. He was named the District 3-AAA Offensive MVP and the Avoyelles Parish Offensive Player of the Year on the All-Parish team.
Wilmer was one of the big reasons Mingo and the Tiger offense had such a great year running and throwing the ball. The 6-4, 350-pound senior was a force for Marksville with his blocking on the offensive line. Wilmer helped the Tiger offense maintain a per-game average of 440 yards and 40 points.
When Mingo didn’t carry or throw the ball, Romeo Williams added good numbers. He averaged 9.4 yards a carry and finished the year with 1,292 yards rushing on 138 carries. He scored 20 touchdowns rushing and caught two touchdown passes. During the season, he caught 19 passes for 290 yards.
Linebacker Marion Magday was named to the Class-AAA honorable mention team. The 5-10, 180-pound player recorded 54 solo tackles and 72 assisted tackles. Of those 126 tackles, 14 were behind the line of scrimmage -- including two quarterback sacks.
Magday forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and had one interception to lead the Marksville defense.