• John Macon Gillespie

After Big Season, Jernighan Looking to Prove Himself at Fortius Project

The Fortius Project gained another signup from a very impressive athlete in 2018 Amory runningback, Jartavis Jernighan.

Jernighan is a 6'0 190lb runningback from Amory High School, where he was apart of the dynamic Panther rushing attack that averaged 215 yards a game on the ground.

The two-headed rushing attack of Jartavis Jernighan and Monzavier Latham helped lead Amory to a 4A Region 1 title and an overall 11-3 record. With Latham graduating this spring, look for Jernighan to take over as the solo leader of the Panther offense in 2017 for Head Coach Allen Glenn.

"I had a higher goal set for myself this year, but I feel like it was a pretty good season since I split carries (with Monzavier) and also played defense. I feel like this will motivate and push me to work harder so I will achieve my goals next season", Jartavis told SES on his thoughts on his Junior Season.

Despite not reaching his goal, Jartavis had an impressive Junior Season with 1,088 yards rushing along with 18 Touchdowns. He had an astonishing 7.8 yards per carry average on the season.

And on the defensive side of the ball, Jernighan finished the season with 55 tackles and one interception.

Jartavis helped lead Amory to one of their most successful seasons since their 1998 State Championship. Amory finished with an 11-3 record and were defeated by the eventual 4A State Champs, Lafayette, in the 3rd round of the MHSAA Playoffs.

"First I want to win our division and then win a State Championship for my team. Personally, I want to have a dominant Senior Season with 5,000 All-Purpose yards and 50-75 tackles", Jernighan on his goals for his Senior Season.

After an impressive 2016 Campaign, Amory will be a team to watch in 4A next season.

"We have to work harder than we've ever worked before, every single workout and we have to put in extra work. Each guy has to be ready to compete no matter what position or grade they're in," Jartavis told SES about what Amory will need to do this offseason to play in the 4A State Championship next season.

After his outstanding Junior season, Jernighan is looking forward to the opportunity to prove himself at the Fortius Project, at ICC on February 25th.

Jartavis Jernighan will be a player you will want to watch in 2017, as he looks to build onto an already impressive career for the Amory Panthers.

**Photo by Teresa Griffith.

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