By Gene Phelps
Forrest Timmons started the season playing right midfielder for Tupelo.
His job: Take on the outside back. Cross the ball in for the forwards and center midfielders to score.
Timmons had his offensive moments, too, playing the position. He scored three goals and added three assists.
Early in the season, Golden Wave coach Harris Faucette told Timmons, a senior, he needed him to play defense and moved him to center back.
Timmons, already a defensive-minded player, welcomed the switch.
“Your responsibility is to defend … you’re the last defender before the keeper,” he said. “I’m more comfortable playing defender. I was happy with the move.
“That’s what I’m going to Delta State to play.”
Timmons, a defensive leader on a strong Golden Wave team, was selected the 2014 Daily Journal Player of the Year for his unselfish and outstanding play as a center back.
“He controlled games for us,” Faucette said. “He kept our back line together. He’s a really smart player who knows what’s going on.
“We relied on him to do a lot of things and his teammates looked up to him. He’s a leader.”
Last season’s Player of the Year, Pontotoc senior forward Rafael Vidana, and Saltillo junior midfielder Lance Crabtree, were also considered for this year’s award.
Choosing Delta State
Timmons signed with Delta State on national signing day. He looks forward to competing for a starting spot on the Statesmen team next season.
“They remained in contact with me all the time,” Timmons said of DSU’s interest leading up to signing day. “I really liked the coaches there. They’ve got an up-and-coming program.”
Tupelo lost in the playoffs to rival Madison Central, the eventual Class 6A state champion. Timmons is proud that the Golden Wave defeated Brandon 4-0 earlier in the season. The Bulldogs lost 3-0 to Madison Central in the state championship game.
“I think we played our best game against Brandon,” he said. “Madison Central’s a good team. I think we could have beaten them earlier in the year.
“We had a hard-working team, a close-knit team this year. We put ourselves on the line for the team.”