OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week: Dumas

Staff Writer

Eupora had been without Al Dumas for the last three football games as he was rehabbing from a minor knee injury.

Being without Dumas has been manageable, but the machine doesn’t run full-steam ahead without him on the field in some capacity. He returned on Friday night against Choctaw County and the capacity crowd saw just how electric the talented athlete can be for the Eagles.

“He wanted to play the week before, but we wanted to work him back in," Eupora coach Stephen Edwards said. "We want him healthy because he has a future rather it be in football or baseball. He’s a big play threat for us. You’ve got to account for him and if you play him one-on-one, it makes it difficult.”

Dumas made a couple of highlight reel catches for touchdowns off the arm of quarterback Tanner Knight and added an interception on defense that was returned for a touchdown before the half. Though there was a block in the back called on the return, Dumas weaved his way through the would-be tacklers in only a way he could do it.  

For his performance against the Chargers, Dumas was selected OCH/Starkville Daily News Athlete of the Week.

At the end of the game, Dumas was just happy to get the win over his rivals and avenged last year’s tough loss at home.

“It felt real good because we had a lot of hype coming into that game,” Dumas said. “(Choctaw County) was talking down on us and we wanted to come out and prove we were the better team.”

Dumas has been used in many different ways over his long career in Eupora and in different offenses. This year, the Eagles have gone to the spread after running the option attack a year ago.

Edwards believes this fits his skill set the best to get him out in open space more often.

“I thought we had a good scheme last year but it’s tough to get him the ball in that offense,” Edwards said. “I definitely think this plays to his strengths.”

Dumas has only played in two full games this season but he’s made it count. Against Water Valley and Choctaw County, the East Central Community College baseball commitment has eight catches for 196 yards and four touchdowns.

Defensively, he’s made plays too with two interceptions on the season.

Most importantly, Dumas has been a senior leader that the team needed. After the Eagles missed the playoffs a year ago, he wants to get them back in contention this year and they’re on the right path with their 4-1 start.

“I think that the sky is the limit for this team we’ve just got to put everything together,” Dumas said. “The Choctaw County win is just motivation for us. We know what we’re capable of and we went and got it and now we want more.

“Our mindset is we’ve got to finish everything this year. If it’s a close ball game, we just want to win."