• John Macon Gillespie

Simmons, Conner Get Job Done for Tigers

Noxubee County claimed their third state championship in four seasons on Saturday when they defeated St. Stanislaus for a second straight season. The Tigers defeated the Rock-a-Chaws by a final score of 44-23.

As they both have done numerous times in their careers, Ti’Morrius Conner and Jeffery Simmons absolutely showed out. In front of a handful of college coaches Simmons showed why he is arguably the state’s top senior college prospect. While Conner finished off his career with a bang, as he put forth one of his best individual performances of the season and completed a back-to-back reign as champions following his family legacy at Noxubee County.

First, we’ll start with the day Conner had. While many people were keyed in on the match-up between the St. Stanislaus offense and the Noxubee defense, Conner and his offensive teammates were preparing to outscore the prolific St. Stan offense. They did just that. Conner tossed 365 yards and four touchdowns. He sprayed it to the likes of Kymbotric Mason, LaDaveon Smith, Deveon Ball and more.

Winning this state championship is special for Conner because of his family history in the Noxubee football program, that includes former Mississippi State quarterback and receiver Omarr Conner. He told me after the game that the success they had and the path they paved before him fueled him to continue the tradition and build on the legacy. There is no doubting that he did that and more.

Next, we move on to the performance Simmons had. He was responsible for three sacks in the first half alone. He also ran a touchdown from a yard out. Something that wasn’t uncommon for him during this playoff run.

Simmons was a monster in high school and his career as a Tiger won’t soon be forgotten around those parts, but now he moves on to facing a realm he has, until this point, put in the peripheral. Now he moves on to making a college choice. It is speculated his decision could come down to Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Winning two straight championships, one on Scott Field at Davis-Wade stadium and one at Vaught-Hemingway stadium.

He told me after the game that the only difference playing in each place was that one was a natural grass surface, while the other was turf. Soon, he will make a choice between the two.

The impact that Simmons had for the Tiger defense will be missed going forward. He was not only the alpha male of the defense and the leader of the defensive front, but also the emotional leader. His teammates rallied around him and that shows the mark of a true leader and selfless teammate. He deserved to go out on the game he had and with the win.

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