On Wednesday, three Petal seniors signed to continue their football careers at the next level.
“The leadership these guys brought every day and the quality of character–that’s the first thing that stands out about all three of them,” Petal coach Marcus Boyles said. “Just the character, and it’s hard to replace those type of guys.”
Trent Williams (Pearl River Community College)
Prior to his senior year at Petal, Williams got some early looks at wide receiver from Division I schools. Unfortunately, injuries held him back from his full potential this past season, leaving junior college as his best route.
“I think he [Williams] will go there with a chip on his shoulder,” Boyles said. “He had a pulled hamstring the first part of the season, and then he had turf toe midway through and didn’t really recover from it until almost the playoffs. So I think his best football is ahead of him. I think you’ll see a guy that will go to Pearl River, have two really good years and you’ll see him playing at a four-year school after that.”
Despite his injuries, Williams (6-foot-2, 190) led the Panthers in every receiving category in 2018.
John Przysucha (Millsaps)
Przsucha was a mainstay on Petal’s offensive line at center for several seasons. He helped pave the way for the Panthers to rush for nearly 3000 yards in 2018.
“A great football player and great student that’s gonna get a great education at Millsaps,” Boyles said. “They’re getting a good one, one that if he was a couple inches taller, he’d be going somewhere else.”
Hunter Napper (Mississippi College)
Napper took full advantage of only one season kicking for the Panthers, earning a chance to keep playing at a four-year school.
“There’s a lot of potential in him [Napper],” Boyles said. “He didn’t start playing football until late. Really glad to have him out his senior year. I think he’s going to continue to develop and his leg is going to get stronger. I think he’s got a chance to be really good at Mississippi College.”