• John Macon Gillespie

Top Performers: Week 5

Pictured: Horn Lake QB Raydarious Jones | Photo courtesy of Russell Johnson,

The high school football season is cruising by, as week 5 is now in the rearview and week 6 is quickly approaching. But before we move on to the midway point, let's simmer on some of the hot performances from this past weekend's action. Nine players are donned with Top Performer honors this week, and here they are:

Trey Benson, Greenville St. Joe

21 carries for 306 yards(long of 69) & 4 TDs in 44-7 win over River Oaks.

Benson has already scored eight times on the ground this season, and he’s averaging over 11 yards per rush. For the season he has 756 yards and he has emerged as one of the state’s best talents. He’s a name you could see announced in the Elite 10 next summer.

The combination of Benson and Dillon Johnson could mean more hardware for the Irish at the end of the season.

Raydarious Jones, Horn Lake

Passing: 7/13 for 151 yards & 2 TDs, Rushing: 5 carries for 178 yards & 1 TD in 58-9 win over Lake Cormorant.

Jones is a player who possess the athleticism to play any spot on the field. However, at quarterback he is a player that could put the Eagles over the top in 6A this season. He’s one of the key reasons Horn Lake continues to hold down the number two spot in the SES Top 10.

Detrich Spikes, Pearl River Central

25 carries for 338 yards & 5 TDs in 63-49 loss to St. Stanislaus.

Jacob Owen needs performances liek Spikes put up on Friday night for his rush-heavy offense to get going. The Blue Devils are rebuilding but that doesn’t mean they don’t pack a punch in the running game.

Look for PRC to get better and better under the leadership of the former Poplarville offensive coordinator.

Jaxon Orr, Itawamba AHS

Passing: 19/35 for 411 yards & 5 TDs, Rushing: 1 TD in 45-42 loss to Corinth.

The Indians are always strong in division 2-4A, and this year should be no different. However, their non-division schedule has been challenging, as usual. Expect Orr and his team to make a move towards the playoffs and beyond down the stretch.

Cade Shepherd, Tri-County Academy

Rushing: 25 carries for 205 yards & 1 TD, Passing: 2/3 for 29 yards & 1 TD in 31-7 win at Canton Academy.

After starting 0-2, the Rebels have won three straight. Next week they open up division play agains Greenville Christian.

Zae Taylor, Puckett

Rushing: 19 carries for 272 yards & 3 TDs, Defense: 4 tackles in 32-0 win over Clarkdale.

The Wolves are off to a 5-0 start and the QB/LB is a big part of that success. Look out for Puckett going forward in 2A this season.

Al Nugent, Myrtle

Rushing: 12 carries for 229 yards & 3 TDs, Defense: Interception returned for TD in 41-14 win over Hickory Flat.

The Hawks are having a special run in 2018. Head coach Justin Hollis’s bunch won their first varsity football game about a month ago and now they’re riding high at 4-1.

Nugent, a sophomore, is already over 1,000 yards on the season.

Khi Holiday, TCPS

Passing: 10/15 for 234 & 3 TDs, Rushing: 6 carries for 71 yards & 1 TD, Defense: 2 tackles, 2 pass deflections in 53-14 win over Thrasher.

Holiday is a talented corner, and offensive playmaker for the Eagles. He had to shift into the QB position this season and has flourished.

TCPS is coming along as a football program and are real threats to steal division 1-1A this fall. Even if they’re not able to grab that spot, they’re becoming a fixture in the playoffs and could make a run as soon as this season with Holiday at the helm.

Dallas Smith, Brandon

24 carries for 130 yards & 3 TDs in 34-13 win over Northwest Rankin.

Smith came up big for the Bulldogs in yet another Top 10 win. Perhaps no team, other than West Point, can brag about more big time wins.

Both sides of the ball are clicking and the Dogs could be tuned in enough to take home the crown in Mississippi’s highest classification this December at Southern Miss.

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