Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Mississippi high school athlete of the week for Oct. 5-11 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 5 WINNER: TAYLEN SMITH, WARREN CENTRAL
WEEK 6 WINNER: JONATHAN VAUGHN, MERIDIAN
WEEK 7 NOMINEES:
Jamorris Hopson, Horn Lake ATH
LaJavis Patrick, Scott Central RB
Patrick carried the ball six times for 98 yards and two touchdowns to lead Scott Central to a 46-16 win over Newton.
D.J. Richardbey, Poplarville FB
Richardbey carried the ball 24 times for 221 yards and five touchdowns to lead Poplarville to a 42-20 win over Stone County.
Colton Plunk, East Union RB
Plunk rushed 31 times for 294 yards and four touchdowns to lead East Union to a 56-30 victory over Walnut.
Goldman Butler, Biggersville RB/LB
Butler rushed 22 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns and added 9 tackles, 6 pass deflections and an interception on defense in Biggersville’s 40-13 win over Baldwyn.
Xavier Evans, Laurel RB
Evans scored five second-half touchdowns to lead Laurel to a 57-30 come-from-behind win over Natchez. Laurel trailed 22-14 at halftime before Evans’ second-half explosion.
Telvin Amos, Lake Cormorant QB
Amos threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Lake Cormorant to a 35-26 upset of No. 3 West Point. — GAME STORY
Jackson Allen, Petal QB
Allen was 10 of 16 for 250 yards and a touchdown to lead Petal to a 21-0 win over Brandon.
Jordan Martin, Lake Cormorant WR
Martin caught two long touchdown passes — 52 and 40 yards — to help lead Lake Cormorant to a 35-26 upset of West Point.
Tevin Bell, Warren Central CB
Bell had two interceptions to lead a dominant effort by the Warren Central defense in an 8-0 win over Madison Central.
Jarquez Hunter, Neshoba Central RB
Hunter proved to be unstoppable again on Thursday night, rushing for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead Neshoba Central to a 35-12 Homecoming victory over Canton. Hunter, who carried the ball 21 times, added three receptions for 56 yards, giving him 279 yards from scrimmage. –GAME PHOTOS
Ethan Hunt, Ocean Springs K
Hunt drilled a 32-yard field goal through the middle of the uprights as time expired as the Greyhounds rebounded from last week’s loss and beat Biloxi 31-29 in a key Region 4-6A match Thursday night. — GAME STORY
Davis Oswalt, Nettleton QB
Oswalt threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards and two TDs to lead Nettleton to a 55-20 win over Kossuth.
Krisshun Kendrick, Biloxi RB
Kendrick finished with 240 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns in Biloxi’s 31-29 loss to Ocean Springs. — GAME STORY
Khamauri Rogers, Holmes County CB
Rogers scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass and had a 38-yard pick six in a victory over the McComb Tigers.
Micah Cherry, Petal WR
Cherry caught an 87-yard touchdown pass and picked off a pass on defense to help lead Petal to a 21-0 win over Brandon. — GAME STORY
T.J. Colom, Walnut RB
Colom had 280 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving — in Walnut’s 56-30 loss to East Union.
D’mariun Perteet, South Panola RB
Perteet had three touchdown runs, including a game-winning 37-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter, to lift South Panola to a 19-16 win over Germantown. — GAME STORY
Kendorean Russell, West Jones RB
Russell scored three touchdowns, including the game-sealing TD run with less than two minutes to play, to lift West Jones to a 35-21 win over Taylorsville. — GAME STORY
Jack King, Ocean Springs QB
King, who moved behind center from wide receiver when Brae Hubbard went down with a knee injury, threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 101 yards and two more scores in Ocean Spring’s 31-29 win over Biloxi. — GAME STORY
Khi Holiday, Tupelo Christian Prep QB
Holiday was 13 of 18 for 178 yards and two touchdowns and added 10 rushes for 134 yards and five TDs in Tupelo Christian Prep’s 52-27 win over Hamilton.
Dwight Williams, D’Iberville QB
Williams threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in D’Iberville’s 46-0 win over West Harrison.