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Maxwell leads list of all-state selections from Baptist Hill

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hollywood – When it came down to making a sacrifice for the team, Baptist Hill senior Rashad Maxwell was more than happy to do whatever it took to help his team win games in 2018.

Maxwell entered the 2018 season as the team’s top receiver and best college prospect. He caught 19 touchdown passes and had more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2017 and was ready for a big season in 2018.

Two games into the season, after an 0-2 start, Baptist Hill head coach Marion Brown was forced to make a change at quarterback. He turned to Maxwell, who eagerly accepted the new role even though it might hurt his chances at being recruited.

“One of the most unselfish kids I have ever coached,” said Brown of Maxwell. “We needed to make a change at quarterback and he was the guy we went to. We knew it might hurt him as far as being recruited as a receiver but when we went to him, he gladly took the job. That showed me a lot and it showed the rest of the team how committed he was to winning.”

Maxwell ended the season with more than 1,300 passing yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for more than 400 yards and six scores. More importantly, the Bobcats did not lose again until the playoffs, falling to eventual state champion Green Sea Floyds, 44-16, after eight straight wins.

For his efforts, and his unselfishness, the High School Sports Report selected Maxwell as the Class A Offensive Player of the Year for the 2018 season.

Maxwell was one of several players selected to the High School Sports Report Class A all-state team.

Senior running back Jayvonta Burnell, who was equally important as an offensive threat, was named to the squad. Burnell rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns while also gathering 600 receiving yards and three scores.

Sophomore wide receiver Terrence Brown evolved as the go-to guy in the passing game this season with nearly 900 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He was selected to the Class A all-state offensive team.

On defense, junior linebacker Tiquan Bright ended up with nearly 100 total tackles and was an all-state defensive selection. Brown was named the region 4-A coach of the year.

The High School Sports Report all-state banquet will be held February 10 at 4 p.m. at the Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia.

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