• Johnathan Williams

Top Performers: Week 2

Starkville quarterback Luke Altmyer (Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA)

Roderick Taylor (ATH, North Panola)

vs. Rosa Fort (W)

Defense: 7 tackles, sack, punt block returned for a TD, and a Pick Six

If you had to describe Roderick's performance against Rosa Fort in one word, it would be epic. He seemed to be the playmaker on every single play. He put up video game numbers in North Panola’s game on Friday, and if this guy continues to have monster games like this, he will be someone we need to keep a close eye on as the season progresses.

Noah Foster (WR, Tupelo Christian Prep)

vs. Oak Hill Academy (W)

Receiving: 8 rec, 322 receiving yards, 2 TDs

Yes, you read that correctly. Noah Foster literally did something that is near unheard of, putting up 300+ receiving yards in a game. Even though it is only week two, you can see why this guy leads the state of Mississippi in receiving yards now gaining over 500 receiving yards in just a two-week span. Don’t be surprised if Noah Foster’s name comes up again on this list in the near future.

Luke Altmyer (QB, Starkville)

vs. Oxford (W)

Passing: 339 Passing Yards, 3 TDs

Another chapter of the Little Egg Bowl between Starkville and Oxford has closed, but QB Luke Altmyer made sure that he won’t be forgotten in this game. Oxford’s secondary was unable to contain his powerful arm as Starkville road off into the sunset with a 45-17 win to gain their first win of the season after losing a nail-biter against Brandon. With Altmyer giving Starkville more confidence after his performance, they will look to travel on the road to play against West Point this week.

Xaiver Evans (QB, Laurel)

vs. Hattiesburg (W)

Passing: 233 yards, 2 TDs, Rushing: 111 yards, 2 TDs

Quarterback Xaiver Evans showed up and showed out Friday night against the Hattiesburg defense. He was a big reason why Laurel’s offense was able to breakdown Hattiesburg’s front seven and secondary this week. When you get it done as a passer and a rusher, it is hard for other teams to be able to adjust to your sense of playing, and Evans gave us a good example of it. Laurel looks to stay undefeated as they travel to face off against Wayne County this week.

Cade Shepherd (ATH, Tri-County)

vs. Riverfield (L)

Passing: 276 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing: 100 yards, 3 TDS

Defense: 18 tackles

Have you ever played NCAA Football 14, created a guy from high school, make him play both offense and defense, and completely dominate both sides of the field? Well, Tri-County’s Cade Shepherd made a good example of one of those players when he faced off against Riverfield Friday night. Not only did he have a total of six touchdowns against Riverfield, but he also racked up 18 tackles. Even though he didn’t get the outcome he wanted, he left it off on the field. If this performance doesn’t impress you, we don’t know what will.

Other Notables:

Khi Holiday (TCPS)

vs. Oak Hill Academy: 18-32, 415 yards, 4 TDs/ 11 car, 39 yards, 2 TDs

Kaleb Mosley (Louisville)

vs. West Point: 9 rec, 165 yards, 3 TDs

Ty Walton (East Union)

vs. Myrtle: 327 yards, 6 TDs (Passing)

Follow Johnathan on Twitter at @JWillSES.

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