Class 3A Mr. Football: Kenneth Gainwell
School: Yazoo County High School
Has led Panthers to 14-0 record and Class 3A Finals …. Has rushed for 1,791 yards and scored 29 touchdowns and completed 66 of 121 passes for 1,108 yards with 10 TDs in keying the most successful football season in school history … Accounted for 2,595 yards and 33 TDs in 2015 and 2,476 total yards and 29 TDs in 2016 in his first two seasons as Yazoo County’s starting quarterback … Selected for Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic … Committed to the University of Memphis, where the coaches have indicated he could eventually line up at running back, slot receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner.
Yazoo County coach Jermaine Dobbs says:
“We kind of turned Kenneth loose and opened up the playbook this year. He was still in the learning process at quarterback those last two years. But being a third-year starter now, he really understands what we are trying to do. He’s a true duel-threat; a fast and shifty runner, but he could throw the ball as well. We wanted to get him in space because you would watch with excitement and amazement at some of the things he could do. Kenneth is a high-character kid and very humble, too. He does everything the way it supposed to be done.”