CLINTON — Zach Kelly, a student at Silliman Institute, was a finalist for the Warrick Dunn Award presented by WAFB last week.
Kelly, a senior quarterback, helped the Wildcats capture their first Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA title since 2001 with a 40-26 victory over previously unbeaten Indianola Academy.
Kelly rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 138 yards and two more touchdowns in the championship game.
For the season, he rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns and passed for more than 2,200 yard and 24 touchdowns as the Wildcats finished 12-1.
Kelly, who has never made a B in the classroom, has been recruited to play for several Ivy League schools.
He is the son of Mike and Laura Kelly.
Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. won the Dunn Award, named for the former Catholic High, Florida State and longtime NFL running back. Also honored as finalists were Kentwood’s Shyheim Carter, Parkview Baptist’s Reginald Hayes, Episcopal’s T.J. Wisham, Belaire’s Daquan Hicks, Southern Lab’s Curtlan Williams, Riverside’s Evan Veron and Lutcher’s Sully Laiche.