Top stars, best performances for Oct. 23 in Mississippi high school football

From Oxford cornerback Xavier Walton to Corinth running back Cayden Betts, there were dozens of standout performances across the state of Mississippi on Friday, Oct. 23.

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(Feature photo by Keith Warren)

OCT. 23 – TOP STARS

Xavier Walton, Oxford CB/WR

Walton had three interceptions to lead Oxford to a 39-0 win over Olive Branch.

Cayden Betts, Corinth RB/LB

Betts scored four touchdowns -— including a 75-yard kickoff return — and racked up more than 300 yards from scrimmage in Corinth’s 35-20 win over Ripley.

Zy McDonald, Ridgeland QB

McDonald connected with Chandler Williams on a 17-yard TD pass play in the final minute to rally Ridgeland to a 33-29 victory over Neshoba Central. McDonald accounted for all five Ridgeland touchdowns — four TD passes and a 33-yard rushing TD.

Jarquez Hunter, Neshoba Central RB

Jarquez Hunter scored three touchdowns — including a 93-yard TD run — in the Rockets’ 33-29 loss to Ridgeland.

Christian Baglione, Northwest Rankin K

For the second consecutive week Christian Baglione booted a game-winning field goal as time expired, this time a 34-yarder to give Northwest Rankin a 23-21 win over Pearl.

Tristan Shorter, Oxford LB

Shorter snagged a one-handed interception and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown in Oxford’s 39-0 win over Olive Branch.

TJ Colom, Walnut WR

Colom had 29 carries for 273 yards and 5 TDs in Walnut’s 52-28 win over Strayhorn. 

Khi Holiday, Tupelo Christian Prep QB

Holiday went 17-of-25 for 303 yards and seven TD passes through the air, and added 92 yards rushing and another TD on the ground in TCPS’ 57-0 win over Smithville on Thursday night.

Caleb Parten, Northwest Rankin QB

Parten threw three touchdown passes and led the Cougars on a game-winning drive in the final minutes that resulted in a 23-21 win over Pearl. Parten finished the night 16 of 32 for 232 yards.

Eli Smith, East Central RB

Smith, a sophomore, rushed 22 times for 186 yards and a touchdown to lead East Central to a 44-30 win over Pascagoula.

Caleb Miller, Clinton QB

Miller rushed 15 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 105 yards to lead Clinton to a 31-16 upset of Warren Central.

Xavier Davis, Hartfield Academy RB

Xavier Davis broke the Hartfield Academy record for rushing yards in a season, going over 1,000 yards in Hartfield’s 42-7 win over Tri-County.

John Avery, Tupelo Christian Prep WR

Avery had 8 catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns in TCPS’ 57-0 win over Smithville on Thursday night.

Keilon Parnell, Pascagoula QB

Parnell went 15-of-32 for 294 yards and three touchdowns through the air, and added 141 yards rushinng and another TD on the ground in Pascagoula’s 44-30 loss to East Central.

D’mariun Perteet, South Panola RB

Sophomore running back D’mariun Perteet carried the ball 16 times for 94 yards and a touchdown to lead South Panola to a 12-10 upset victory over Madison Central.

Zailon Johnson, Brandon RB

Johnson caught seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in Brandon’s 24-22 loss to Oak Grove.

Justin Walley, D’Iberville WR/CB

Walley caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to lead D’Iberville to a 22-13 win over Gulfport.

Houston Johnson, Pascagoula WR

Johnson caught nine passes for 174 yards and two TDs in Pascagoula’s 44-30 loss to East Central.

Shade Foster, Pearl QB

Foster completed 9 of 16 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in Pearl’s last-second 23-21 loss to Northwest Rankin.

Colin Maggard, West Jones LB

Maggard had two interceptions in West Jones’ 42-12 win over Natchez.

Charleston French, Amory RB

French carried the ball 18 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns and added a TD reception in Amory’s win over Booneville.

Jonathan Vaughn, Meridian ATH

Vaughn carried the ball 16 times for 97 yards and three touchdowns and caught 7 passes for 73 yards in Meridian’s 37-20 loss to Petal.

Jackson Parker, West Lauderdale QB

Parker accounted for four touchdowns and racked up 249 yards of offense — 132 passing and 117 rushing — to lead West Lauderdale to a 40-0 win over Choctaw Central.

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