• Johnathan Williams

Top Performers: Week 11

Velma Jackson wide receiver Jordan Harvey tries to avoid being tackled in last year's matchup with Ridgeland. Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA.

It’s finally November, and you know what that means? The playoffs are finally here! Some teams have already clinched a playoff berth while other teams are still trying to fight for a shot to play in the postseason. This is when you can really see what seperates a good player from a great player, and we certainly saw that last week. Without further ado, here are the top performances of Week 11. 

Jordan Harvey, ATH, Velma Jackson (Camden, MS) -

Receiving: 11 receptions for 225 yards and 2 TDS.

Defense: 8 tackles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. 

Another big game for Jordan Harvey. We have seen him step up all year for the Falcons. He has shown that he has what it takes on both sides of the field to get it done, and that’s scary. With this performance, he is only 11 yards shy of 1,000 receiving yards on the year and adds 16 touchdowns along with it. We also can forget that he has forced 38 tackles and two interceptions on defense this year. Coming out the gates, he was hot from the start, finishing the game with a season-high 225 yards plus returning a fumble for a touchdown. He truly knows that he has the ability to be a game changer for the Falcons. We look forward to seeing what he has in store this week as his team takes on Morton to open up the 3A playoffs. 

Khi Holiday, QB, Tupelo Christian Prep -

Passing: 14/24 completions for 250 yards and 3 TDs. Rushing: 18 carries, 129 yards, 2TDs.

Come on Khi, this is getting ridiculous. This man continues to put up huge numbers for Tupelo Christian Prep this year, and it is starting to pay off. With one more game left in the regular season, Holiday has thrown for 2,819 passing yards this year which is the third most for any quarterback in the state, and that’s not to mention that he has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards. Another whopping 5 touchdown performance will bring his total up to a stunning 52. When you have to gameplan against a do it all quarterback, it can give you headaches. Khi also got recognition this week as he was invited to play in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii. We look forward to see what Khi has in store in his next game as the Eagles will have to square off against West Lowndes.

Corey Ellington, ATH, Holmes County Central, (Lexington, MS) -

Receiving: 4 receptions for 113 yards and 3 TDs.

Defense: 3 tackles and an INT. 

Holmes County Central really shocked a lot of people last week by their 50-20 dismantle of the Ridgeland Titans. Their offense simply put on one of their best performances all year, and Corey Ellington was a huge reason why. Hauling in 4 receptions for 113 yards is great, but when you add along three touchdowns, it makes it look even sweeter. He also got it done on the defensive side of the ball by returning an interception for 59 yards. Ellington now has five interceptions and 14 receiving touchdowns on the year. He has truly set his mark for the Jaguars all season long, but he isn’t the only Jaguar that will get recognition on this list.

Justin Smith, QB, Holmes County Central, (Lexington, MS) -

Passing: 10/16 completions for 282 and 5 TDs.

Rushing: 12 carries for 95 yards and 2 TDs. 

Have a day Justin Smith! This is a type of performance you don’t see often. Smith got it done in the air and on his feet, somehow managing to get 7 touchdowns against a very good Ridgeland team. He really helped Holmes County Central make a statement heading into the 5A playoffs. He is now only 9 yards shy of surpassing 2,000 passing yards on the season and has thrown 29 touchdowns along with it. They will look to wrap up the regular season this friday as they face off against Vicksburg. 

Ahmad Johnson, ATH, Pelahatchie -

Rushing: 20 carries for 361 yards and 7 TDs.

Defense: INT 

Ok, now this is crazy. SEVEN RUSHING TDs. Performances like this are nothing new for this guy, but they are almost always noteworthy. Not only that, but he also got an interception. This is Madden type material. He has been doing this all year long. He has now surpassed over 2,000 rushing yards this year as well as totaling 38 touchdowns. He is someone that lots of people will have to keep an eye on in the future.

Honerable Mentions:

Colton Plunk, RB, East Union -

12 car, 176 yards, 3 rec, 175 yards, 6 total TD vs. Staryhorn

C.J. Jackson , RB, Starkville Academy -

23 car, 148 yards, 3 TD vs. Magnolia Heights

Keshun Oliver, DB, Independence -

7 tackles, 2 INT, 2 PD, FF vs. Byhalia

Jeremy Mack, RB, Clinton -

138 yards, FF, INT vs. Greenville

Randy Anderson, ATH, Lafayette -

15 car, 191 yards, 4 TD vs. Columbus

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