Senior Kevin May wins WAPT ’Blitz 16 Player of the Week’

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Leah Clark, Co-editor

This past Wednesday WAPT, a local news channel in the metro-Jackson area, named St. Joe senior Kevin May their ’Blitz 16 Player of the Week’.

May was first nominated for his stellar performance in the Bruins varsity football game against the St. Andrews Saints. During the rivalry game, often referred to as the ’Holy War’, May gained 142 yards of total offense with two touchdowns as well as an interception. Playing at running back and defensive back, he helped the Bruins to a 26-7 win, the first of the season. “Kevin has always been a great athlete on the field and an even better person off the field,” said Bruin head football coach John Bond. “He is such an integral part of our team. I couldn’t say that there is anyone else more deserving of this honor.”

May was nominated along with two other football players in the area: Madison Central’s Tate Collins and Northwest Rankin’s Cam Marion. This was WAPT’s second time awarding this honor during the 2020 football season.

Following his nomination, May was met with overwhelming support from the St. Joe community. Bruin students, families, faculty members, and friends came together to vote for him on WAPT’s website. “The St. Joe community is like a family, and everyone wants to see each other be successful,” said May.

May has been part of the Bruin varsity football team for four years now and has shown great promise. For him, football is not just a sport, but a lifestyle as well. “Football has taught me discipline, loyalty, and dedication and has also given me a group of guys I consider my brothers,” said May. The senior spent his offseason in intensive workouts four days a week. He also took the time to make connections with his fellow Bruins during this time. Being that this is his last year, May shares a leadership role with other seniors on the team. Their ultimate goal for the 2020 season: make it to the playoffs. “[We] want to go out on top so, I know that [we] will have to step up,” said May regarding the season.

May sees this work to be a pathway to play football on the collegiate level and hopefully reach his ultimate dream of playing professional football. However, being named the ‘Blitz 16 Player of the Week’ is just another step on the ladder. “This has been a goal of mine ever since entering high school,” May expressed. “Knowing that I’ve received recognition, I play even harder to keep up my good reputation.”

As for what he is going to do with his ‘Player of the Week’ plaque, May already has in mind where he wants to keep it. “I [am] planning on placing it front and center in my room, so every morning I can see it and motivate me to work even harder.”