From Oak Grove linebacker Daz Patton to Ridgeland quarterback Zy McDonald, there were dozens of standout performances across the state of Mississippi on Friday, Nov. 20.
The list is in alphabetical order.
NOV. 20 – TOP STARS IN MISSISSIPPI HS FOOTBALL
Kayvon Barnes, Pascagoula RB
Barnes carried the ball 18 times for 117 yards and one touchdown in Pascagoula’s 35-32 overtime win over Hattiesburg.
Cedric Bender, West Jones CB
Bender scored on a 99-yard fumble recovery — after forcing the fumble himself — and added a game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter to help lift West Jones to a 42-21 win over Laurel.
Cayden Betts, Corinth RB
Betts had 25 carries for 296 yards and a touchdown, and added three tackles and a sack on defense in Corinth’s 23-18 loss to Itawamba.
Goldman Butler, Biggersville RB
Butler racked up over 300 yards of offense — including 42 carries — and accounted for five touchdowns to lead Biggersville to a 32-17 win over Tupelo Christian Prep.
Caden Chisolm, Pascagoula K
Chisolm, a sophomore, came up clutch in Pascagoula’s 35-32 overtime win over Hattiesburg. He booted a 35-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to tie the game at 32-32 and send it into OT. Then he nailed a 33-yard FG in OT to win the game.
Xavier Evans, Laurel RB
Evans had 15 carries for 114 yards, including a 25-yard, second-quarter touchdown run, in Laurel’s 42-21 loss to West Jones. — GAME STORY
Alan Follis, West Jones QB
Follis completed just six out of his 11 attempts, but they were all big plays. He finished the night with 205 yards passing and two touchdowns, and added 45 yards rushing with one touchdown on the ground to lead West Jones to a 42-21 win over Laurel. — GAME STORY
Jarquez Hunter, Neshoba Central RB
Jarquez Hunter racked up 258 yards rushing on 28 carries with two touchdowns in Neshoba Central’s 32-29 loss to Ridgeland. — GAME STORY
(Feature photo by Keith Warren)
Zy McDonald, Ridgeland QB
McDonald had a huge game, completing 25-of-38 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ridgeland to a 32-29 win over Neshoba Central. — GAME STORY
Caleb Miller, Clinton QB
Miller rushed for two touchdowns — including the game-winner with just over a minute to play — and passed for another TD to lead Clinton to a come-from-behind 18-14 victory over Warren Central. — GAME PHOTOS
Jacobi Moore, Harrison Central WR
Moore caught seven passes for 203 yards and a touchdown in Harrison Central’s 41-14 loss to No. 1 Oak Grove. — GAME STORY
Caleb Parten, Northwest Rankin QB.
Parten completed 18 of 27 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead Northwest Rankin to a 29-28 win over D’Iberville. Parten also completed a pass on a 2-point conversion to tie the game in the fourth quarter, and then completed another 2-point conversion for the game winner with just over a minute to play.
Daz Patton, Oak Grove LB
Patton had a pair of huge momentum-shifting plays, scooping up a pair of fumbles after sacks for touchdowns to help lead Oak Grove to a 41-14 win over Harrison Central. — GAME STORY
Chandler Pittman, Magee QB
Pittman led Magee to a 35-0 win over Raleigh, scoring his 100th career touchdown in the process.
Kentrell Pruitt, West Jones RB
Tailback Kentrell Pruitt paced the West Jones offense all night, with 21 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the Mustangs 42-21 win over Laurel.
Hayden Roberts, East Union WR/DB
Roberts had two interceptions and caught the game-winning touchdown pass to lead East Union to a 26-22 win over Northside and into the 2A North State Championship game.
Dexter Scott Jr., Laurel QB
Scott, playing a game just days after the death of his father, Dexter Scott Sr., completed 18 of his 33 pass attempts for 190 yards with one touchdown through the air and another on the ground in Laurel’s 42-21 loss to West Jones.
“I’ve seen a lot of things in 17 years,” Laurel coach Ryan Ernest said. “What Dexter Scott did tonight is the bravest thing I’ve ever seen on a football field. I mean, three days after losing his father, to come out here and play a game of this magnitude — he’s a warrior.” — GAME STORY
Jack Tannehill, Oxford K
Tannehill booted four field goals — including a 45-yarder — to help Oxford to a 41-26 win over Hernando. — GAME STORY
Rayf Vinson, Madison-Ridgeland Academy RB/S
Vinson rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and played spectacular defense from his safety position, breaking up several passes to lead MRA to a 41-14 victory over Jackson Academy in the MAIS 6A title game. — GAME STORY