All-MAIS Class 2A Team
Prairie View has claimed a school record four spots on the All-MAIS Class 2A football team.
Running back Layton Rainbolt, offensive lineman Cole Kinnaird and wide receiver Tanner Caldwell represent the Spartans on the offensive side while Jacob Farrar is listed as a defensive back.
Prairie View (10-3) advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since joining the MAIS.
Bo Barton, who recently completed his first year as the Spartans' head coach, says the recognition is well-deserved.
"All four of these guys are really good players, and worked their tails off," Barton said. "I felt like we had four or five more who could have made it. Some years you may have fewer linemen, some years you may have fewer skill people. It just depends on the year."
Not that Barton is complaining about having four players picked on the team.
"I feel like we are well-represented," Barton said. "There are about 30 schools in 2A. I feel real good about it."
Prairie View is among six schools with four selections, joining Marshall, Brookhaven, state semifinalist Centreville, state runner-up Tri-County and state champion Greenville St. Joseph. Manchester is next with two, while River Oaks, Carroll and Amite School Center have honoree one each.
St. Joseph claimed two of the three individual awards. Navy-bound quarterback Brice Johnson is the Offensive Player of the Year, while John Baker is Coach of the Year.
Johnson completed 159-of-267 passes for 2,632 yards with 38 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Baker guided the Fighting Irish to a 12-2 record and the state title.
Manchester senior linebacker Blayke Dendy is the Defensive Player of the Year.
Rainbolt, a sophomore, carried 168 times for 1,283 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns. He was also the Spartans' second-leading receiver with 34 catches for 456 yards and a touchdown. Rainbolt cleared the 100-yard barrier seven times, including a season-high 182 yards vs. Glenbrook.
Kinnaird played multiple positions on an offensive line which paved the way for two 1,000-yard rushers and generated 58 touchdowns (45 rushing, 13 passing). A senior, he recently played in the MAIS All-Star Game.
Caldwell is listed on the team as an all-purpose player. Prairie View's leading receiver, he finished his senior season with 43 receptions for 615 yards (14. 3 yards per catch) and six scores. Additionally, he accounted for six more TDs while rushing for 197 yards on 18 carries. Caldwell's best game came against Wilkinson County Christian when he hauled in five passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.
Farrar, a sophomore strong safety, was the Spartans' second-leading tackler with 104 stops (71 tackles, 33 assists), seven tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. He notched a season-high 18 tackles in the regular season finale vs. River Oaks and had a key interception in a quarterfinal playoff victory over Amite.