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Top Performers: Week 7


Pearl running back Jerry Johnson looks for an opening while running with the football. Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA.

Jerry Johnson (RB, Pearl)


vs. Meridian (W)


Offense: 156 total yards, 4 TD


Kenyatta Harrell has made this list a few times this season. However, when someone goes down, another has to step up. That is exactly what Johnson did for his team in a blowout, 62-0 region win over Meridian this past Friday. Look for him and the Pirates get above .500 in region play this week when they face Terry this week.


John White (QB, Winona Christian)


vs. Carroll Academy (W)


Passing: 28/36, 467 yards, 6 TDs


This guy’s elite performance behind center played a huge role in the Stars winning a division championship after a 48-46 shootout. He also converted three two point conversions for good measure. There is still much to play for and the Stars will look to prove that against Kirk Academy this week.


Quay Shorty (S, Independence)


vs. Holly Springs (W)


Defense: 3 INT, 5 PD, 6 tackles


This, my friends, is what you might call a lock down corner performance. Not only is this a healthy balance when it comes to the stat sheet, but the fact that he had more INTs, pass breakups and tackles than most people do in the secondary at that level is incredible. The Wildcats won 24-14, and will have a big task ahead of them trying to defend the defending 3A champion Water Valley this week.


Jabril Smith (RB, Smithville)


vs. Vardaman (W)


Rushing: 8 car, 75 yards, TD

Defense: 2 INT, 34 yard scoop-n-score


Here was your impact player… on both sides of the football. Smith provided 12 points for his team and made key turnovers to help the ‘Noles defeat Vardaman 50-21 for another region win. This week, Smithville will travel to West Lowndes in a crucial region matchup.


Ty Keyes (QB, Taylorsville)


vs. Bay Springs (W)


Passing: 15/18, 303 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing: 7 car, 46 yards


Surprised? Keyes did Keyes things and put up numbers that would make former Tartar great Jason Campbell proud. This time, it was against a legit region opponent in the Bay Springs Bulldogs. The Tartars are looking to keep things rolling against Heidelberg this week.


Other Notables:


Ty Walton (QB, East Union)

Passing: 14/21, 252 yards, 4 TDs

Rushing: TD vs. Mantachie


Cameron Thomas (RB, Picayune)

Rushing: 12 car, 295 yards, 3 TDs vs. Gautier


Octavion Miller (QB, Smithville)

Passing: 8/13, 153 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing: 16 car, 173 yards, TD vs. Vardaman


Cam Yarber (LB, Callaway)

Defense: 14 tackles, 4 TFLs vs. Provine


A.I. Nugent (RB, Myrtle)

Rushing: 13 car, 84 yards, 4 TDs vs. Falkner

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