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Biggersville quarterback Quinton Knight passed for 895 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He added 289 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Biggersville’s historic 2018 football season is still echoing among the hills of southern Alcorn County, but the Lions aren’t dwelling on the past.

During recent spring practices, coach Stan Platt began sharpening his team’s focus for the 2019 campaign. His biggest task: Finding replacements for ballcarriers Quamon Davis and Quonn Mayes.

That duo led Biggersville to an 11-0 start and a final record of 12-2 – both school records. Davis was named the Daily Journal Two-Way Player of the Year, accounting for 45 touchdowns, including 34 on offense.

“We’ve got some good ones coming up,” Platt said, “but it’s still going to be tough to replace Quonn and Qua and what they brought to the table.”

Leading candidates include junior Goldman Butler and sophomore JaRell Jones. Butler rushed for 544 yards and seven touchdowns last season, while Jones had 332 yards and three TDs.

Senior Telick Barnett and sophomore Zae Davis – Quamon’s younger brother – will also get carries.

“Goldman’s pretty good on the inside between the tackles, and the others are pretty good on the outside,” Platt said.

The offense will be directed by junior Quinton Knight. He took over the quarterback position from Mayes last fall and proved to be a dangerous double threat.

Knight passed for 895 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 289 yards and four TDs. He averaged 21.8 yards per completion.

“We threw a good bit more in the spring than we ever have,” Platt said. “We’re trying to work him into the offense and teach him the proper reads and whether to throw it or not.”

While Biggersville is trying to reload at the skill positions, it’s strong up front with four of five starting offensive linemen returning.

On the whole, Platt likes how this edition of the Lions is shaping up.

“From what we saw in spring and what we’re seeing through summer workouts right now, they’re very excited about what’s coming up next year.”

Biggersville opens the season Aug. 23 at home against Adamsville, Tennessee.

brad.locke@journalinc.com Twitter: @bradlocke

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