Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Mississippi high school athlete of the week for Sept. 21-27 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Thursday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Friday morning. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivems.
WEEK 1 WINNER: REID FLANAGAN, HERNANDO
WEEK 2 WINNER: JONATHAN HARRIS, PETAL
WEEK 3 WINNER: GOLDMAN BUTLER, BIGGERSVILLE
WEEK 4 NOMINEES:
Luke Altmyer, Starkville QB: Altmyer threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 1 Starkville to a 38-20 win over No. 3 South Panola. Altmyer completed 15 of his 26 pass attempts for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and added 83 yards and a TD on nine carries.
Tristan Shorter, Oxford LB: Shorter had two interceptions, including a pick-six, to lead Oxford to a 31-28 come-from-behind win over Southaven.
Kabe Barnett, Oak Grove QB: Kabe Barnett threw 5 touchdown passes in the first three quarters as Oak Grove cruised to a 59-24 win over George County.
Jack Tannehill, Oxford K: Jack Tannehill kicked two field goals, including a 37-yard boot with 3:47 left to lift Oxford to a huge 31-28 comeback victory over Southaven. The Chargers trailed 28-8 midway through the third quarter before rallying. Oxford has won 16 straight games dating back to last year.
Keilon Parnell, Pascagoula QB: Parnell had a big game on the ground in Pascagoula’s 38-7 win over Pearl River Central, rushing 16 times for 200 yards and a touchdown. He also threw for one touchdown.
Jarquez Hunter, Neshoba Central RB: Jarquez Hunter scored all five touchdowns in Neshoba Central’s 35-8 win over Holmes County Central, giving him 88 for his career and breaking the all-time Mississippi high school football touchdown record held by Marcus Dupree.
Tyrell Pollard, Oak Grove WR: Pollard caught seven passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns in Oak Grove’s 59-24 win over George County.
Justin Walley, D’Iberville RB: Justin Walley rushed for three touchdowns in D’Iberville’s dominant 35-0 victory over Biloxi. Walley finished with 84 yards on seven carries, scoring on runs of 14, 15, and 22 yards — his first and third scores coming on fourth down. He added four catches for 39 yards, converting one fourth down.
Taylen Smith, Warren Central LB: Taylen Smith’s pick-six proved to be the difference as Warren Central’s defense held Germantown just three points in the second half in a 23-10 victory. After Germantown’s Monterrius Walker recovered a Warren Central fumble on the Mavericks 12-yard line, Smith batted a Colton Gardner pass up the air, came down with the interception and ran seven yards to the end zone to put the Vikings up 21-10 with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter.
Cj Barney, Madison Central DE: Barney had 10 tackles, including 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack and 3 QB hurries in a 35-14 win over Clinton.
Carlos Brown, Stone High RB: Brown rushed 32 times for 359 yards and two toucchdowns in Stone High’s 56-50 loss to Moss Point.
Isaiah Brevard, Southaven WR: Isaiah Brevard had 3 catches for 219 yards — including a 99-yard TD — in Southaven’s 31-28 loss to Oxford.
Ruben Lee, Moss Point QB: Lee led Moss Point to a wild 56-50 win over Stone High, completing 25 of 32 passes for 432 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for two TDs.
Deion Smith, Jackson Academy WR: Deion Smith had three catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns and one carry for 34 yards in Jackson Academy’s 41-0 victory over Pelahatchie.
Chandler Pittman, Magee QB/WR/DB: Pittman accounted for six total touchdowns in Magee’s 54-14 win over Crystal Springs.
Amariyon Howard, Starkville RB: Howard had nine carries for 99 yards and a touchdown – a game-changing 73-yard TD run — in Starkville’s 38-20 win over South Panola.
Bray Hubbard, Ocean Springs QB: Bray Hubbard ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead Ocean Springs to a 27-10 win over Hancock. Hubbard finished 10-of-14 passing for 185 yards, and he rushed 14 times for 65 yards.
Gregory Swann, Poplarville RB: Swann carried the ball 16 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns in Poplarville’s 27-7 win over St. Stanislaus.
Isaiah Atkins, Harrison Central WR: Atkins caught six passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Harrison Central’s 42-0 victory over West Harrison.
Anterrio Draper, South Panola QB: Draper threw three touchdown passes in South Panola’s 38-20 loss to Starkville.