PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - Picayune running back Preston Dedeaux is the 2013 WLOX High School Football Offensive Player of the Year.
The 5-9. 190 pound senior exploded for 2,043 yards rushing and cracked the end zone 30 times. He averaged 7.25 yards per carry and 145.6 rushing yards an outing.
He completed 2 of 4 passes for 55 yards and hauled in 5 receptions for 47 yards.
In the 5A State Championship game Dedeaux helped propel the 12 and 2 Maroon Tide past Oxford by piling up 192 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Dedeaux said,"With a coach like coach Lee anyone of our players would have done their best in winning the state championship. It was a dream come true to rush over 2,000 yards behind a great offensive line that stepped up."
Dedeaux ended a brilliant high school football career with 4,368 yards rushing and 60 touchdowns. Picayune head coach Dodd Lee says Preston was an exceptional player on and off the playing field.
Lee said,"He had the will to win and the will to compete. Coaches say the best players are the players that inspire them and he was an inspiration of mine."
Dedeaux's lack of size has many Division One schools shying away. Preston says he can play and will.
"It's all about heart and coach Lee always said that in the locker room and it's true. It's heart, hard work and dedication that shows on the field. It's doesn't matter about size," stated Dedeaux.
Preston says he most likely will sign a football scholarship with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.