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April 24, 2014

Quitman standout secures powerlifting state championship

QUITMAN —  Not many athletes can call themselves state champions, but Quitman High School’s Josh Davis can.

    The senior-to-be claimed powerlifting state championship honors for the Class 4A 165-pound weight division April 5.

    “I kind of shocked myself,” Davis said. “I knew there was a lot competition, so I had to come in and have the mindset of winning, and I was able to get it done.”

    Davis lifted 500-pounds in the squat, 285 in the bench press and 510 in deadlift for a total of 1,295.

    “It’s a great achievement,” coach Steve Bynum said. “It’s just another notch in his belt. He’s been a standout football player for the past two seasons. He’s an extremely good kid and this is well deserved. He’s worked extremely hard for it.”

    The starting tailback on the football team, where he tallied over 700 rushing yards and five touchdowns this past season, Davis attributes his success in weight lifting partially to that of his time spent on the gridiron.

    “Lifting weights and football go together,” Davis said. “If you’re strong, you can have a good advantage over others.”

    Davis utilizes his 5-foot-3 frame to generate a powerful low center of gravity, something that proves valuable in both football and weightlifting.

    “He’s kind of short in stature,” Bynum said. “He’s got kind of that low center of gravity, with powerful legs up underneath him.”

    Juggling football and powerlifting could prove difficult, yet Davis takes it in stride, and even serves as an example of how Bynum would prefer for his younger athletes to present themselves.

    “Josh works extremely hard for everything,” Bynum said. “Josh is a kid that leads by example. He’s the perfect guy in how you would like for your upcoming seniors to act. He’s not a vocal. He quietly goes about his business, and works extremely hard at whatever you ask him to do.”

    Davis’ work ethic starts at home, where his mother, Greta Chapman, has set the high standard by which her son demonstrates on a day-to-day basis.

    “She’s been a huge factor in my life,” Davis said. “She teaches me right from wrong. What not to do and the correct way of doing things.”

    Added Bynum, “I’m super proud of him, and it couldn’t have happened for a better kid.”

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