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“The two-headed monster” a teammate yells out as Anson Windham and Jamarius Hosey walk onto the field during practice Monday afternoon at the call of Bay Springs head football coach Dan Brady. 

Nothing could be more accurate. Last Friday night, Windham and Hosey, combined for 411 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 60-27 win over North Forrest. 

“They’re one of the best duo’s I’ve had since I’ve been here at Bay Springs and been in coaching,” said Brady. “And I’ve been fortunate to have coached some good kids. Windham and Hosey will go down as some of the best players I’ve coached. They’re both different, but they both have the same mentality. They play off each other so well.”

Hosey led the Bay Springs with 247 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. He averaged 10.3 yards per carry.

“Hosey is our downhill guy who runs between the tackles,” said Brady. “He came to us in the 11th grade. He’s a hard worker. The biggest obstacle for Hosey was getting him out of his shell. He’s a reserved person. We had to get him to be aggressive on the field.”

On the season, Hosey leads the team with 1,366 yards on 166 carries. He also leads Bay Springs in rushing scores with 21. His four scores versus North Forrest were on runs of two, 70, 17 and 23 yards. 

“It was a good environment [last] Friday night,” said Hosey. “They [North Forrest] came to play, but we did too.”

Windham finished with 164 rushing yards and three scores. With 14 totes, he averaged a game-high 11.7 yards a carry. Windham’s three touchdowns of 11, 42 and nine yards came in the second half as part of a 34-unanswered point finish by the Bulldogs. 

“Coach Brady told us at halftime, how they [North Forrest] walked all over our logo at midfield,” said Windham. “And we don’t like being disrespected. That is what got me going in the second half.”

Windham has 1,086 yards on 133 carries this season. He’s second on the team in rushing touchdowns with 16.

“Windham runs our bucks and powers,” said Brady. “He was in eighth grade when I got here. There has been a steady progression of growth from him since then. It’s good to see a guy like him be successful. Early on he was on our scout team offense, getting his head beat in every day at practice. Then in the 11th grade, it was his time to shine. He rushed for 1,600 yards last year as a junior. He has over a 1,000 yards now as a senior.”

The senior running back duo is our Sports601 Powerade Co-Players of the Week in Week 12. 

Windham, Hosey and the rest of the Bulldogs travel to Pelahatchie this Friday night for round two of the Class 2A playoffs. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.