Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Mississippi High School Athlete of the Week for Nov. 29- Dec. 5 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 Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 13. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivems.
THIS WEEK’S MISSISSIPPI ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
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Madilynn Vuncannon Walnut Girls Basketball: Had 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals in Lady Wildcats’ 52-45 loss against Mooreville.
Amari Johnson, Vicksburg Girls Soccer: Johnson, a midfielder/forward, managed 20 saves and only permitted 4 goals in the Gators’ loss to Florence.
Kaitlyn Walker, Clinton Girls Basketball: Walker had 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks in 56-53 loss against Brandon.
Mallory Tapper, Northwest Rankin Girls Soccer: Tapper netted a free kick from 50 yards away, to be the lone difference in the Lady Cougars’ 2-1 win over Germantown.
Rory Humphrey, Northwest Rankin Boys Soccer: Humphrey had a goal and an assist in Cougars’ 2-0 win over Germantown.
Dante Dowdell, Picayune: Dowdell earned MVP honors, rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the Maroon Tide’s 40-21 5A state title win over West Point.
Quez Goss, Scott Central: Goss completed 17 of his 24 passes for 350 yards, rushed 22 times for 103 yards and accounted for eight touchdowns in 72-24 2A state title win over Leflore County.
Omar Johnson, Columbia: Finished with a net of 89 yards on 21 carries, and had the game-winning two-point conversion to lift Columbia to a 22-21 4A state title victory over Senatobia.
Lester Miller, Brandon: Miller caught eight passes for 170 yards and had a touchdown in 24-17 6A state championship loss to Madison Central.
Jake Norris, Madison Central: Earned Most Valuable Player honors after accounting for 179 yards and scoring the go-ahead touchdown in 24-17 6A state title win over Brandon.
Deandre Pullen, Madison Central: Pullen led the rushing attack with 25 carries for 132 yards in Jaguars’ 24-17 6A state championship victory.
Anthony Newell, Bay Springs: Led the way for the Bay Springs defense with 10 total tackles in 32-12 1A state title win over Simmons.
Anthony Ross, Bay Springs: Ross earned MVP honors after rushing for 220 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns in 32-12 1A state title win over Simmons.
Demarrio Booth, Jefferson Davis County: Booth earned MVP honors after gaining 205 yards on 17 carries with four touchdowns and recording an interception and one tackle for a loss on defense in 42-10 3A state championship win over Amory.