From West Jones QB Alan Follis to Neshoba Central RB Jarquez Hunter, there were several standout performances in Week 1 of Mississippi high school football.
Here are the top performances that caught our attention across the state on Friday, Sept. 4. Tag us on Twitter or Instagram @sblivems if we missed anyone. We’ll update the post with more top performances as they are submitted by readers.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 4 – TOP STARS
Alan Follis, West Jones QB
Mustangs quarterback Alan Follis was 13 of 19 for 253 yards and four TD passes to lead West Jones to a 35-6 win over Raleigh.
Jarquez Hunter, Neshoba Central RB
Jarquez Hunter, arguably the state’s best running back, carried the ball 32 times for 179 yards and two TDs to lead the Rockets to a season-opening win. — GAME STORY
Kabe Barnett, Oak Grove QB
Oak Grove QB Kabe Barnett threw four TD passes as the Warriors rolled to a 52-29 win over Gulport.
Hunter Jones, Amory QB
Jones was 18 of 25 for 326 yards and five TDs to lead Amory to a 44-33 victory over Caledonia.
Anterrio Draper, South Panola QB
South Panola QB Anterrio Draper scored the game-winning TD with 7:52 to play and the Tigers held their breath as Hernando drove to the South Panola 25-yard line and missed a 42-yard field goal with 1:55 left as they held on for a 14-13 win.
Luke Altmyer, Starkville QB
QB Luke Altmyer scored on a 74-yard TD run on Starkville’s first offensive play and the Yellowjackets went on to build a 19-point lead before holding off a late West Point rally. Despite battling leg cramps, Altmyer finished with 315 yards passing and two TDs through the air. — GAME STORY
Tate Collins, Madison Central QB
Tate Collins rushed for a pair of touchdowns to lead Madison Central to a 31-20 win over Northwest Rankin. — GAME STORY + PHOTOS
Amariyon Howard, Starkville RB
The Mississippi State commit rushed for 103 yards and two TDs on just 12 carries and caught five passes for 42 yards in Starkville’s 40-28 win.
Chandler Pittman, Magee QB
Pittman did it all Friday with four touchdowns through the air and another on the ground in Magee’s 34-0 win over Collins.
Jemarkus Whitfield, Pontotoc RB
Whitfield rushed 20 times for 161 yards and three touchdowns in Pontotoc’s 38-35 overtime victory over New Albany.
Makel Jones, Hattiesburg S
Sophomore safety Makel Jones iced Hattiesburg’s 26-12 upset of Laurel with a 30-yard pick six with 3:15 to play.
Walt Thomas, Hattiesburg CB
The senior had a once-in-a-career type night with three interceptions in Hattiesburg’s 26-12 win over Laurel.
Darrius Triplett, Caledonia RB
Triplett carried the ball five times for 107 yards and a touchdown and added two receptions for 49 yards and another TD in Caledonia’s 44-33 loss to Amory. He also picked off a pass on defense.
Kaden Irving, Gautier QB
Irving started his sophomore season off with a bang, completing 25 of 32 passes for 432 yards with four passing touchdowns and another on the ground in a 35-14 win over Hancock.
Ashton Maffett, Pontotoc K
Maffett was 5-for-5 on PATs and booted the game-winning 23-yard field goal in overtime to lift Pontotoc to a 38-35 win over New Albany.
Ja’Karius Grant, West Lauderdale RB
Grant rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns to lead West Lauderdale to a 49-28 win over South Jones.
Jonathan Harris, Petal WR
Harris hauled in touchdown catches of 55 and 66 yards to lead Petal to a season-opening 35-14 win over Brookhaven.
Reid Flanagan, Hernando WR/TE
Flanagan was key in Hernando’s near-upset of No. 3 South Panola, reeling in seven catches for 158 yards.
Rayf Vinson, Madison-Ridgeland Academy RB
Vinson rushed for two touchdowns to lead MRA to a 20-10 victory over Jackson Academy.