Another week of high school football has passed with another array of players that deserve Player of the Week recognition.
The norm is for one player to earn the weekly title with several listed as honorable mentions. This was, by far, the toughest week to choose only one player for the top spot.
So, instead, there are two.
Corinth’s Cayden Betts and Biggersville’s Goldman Butler, both standout seniors and all-state players, share the honor of being Daily Corinthian Players of the Week for week three of the 2020 high school football season.
Cayden Betts, ATH – CorinthThe versatile Betts did it all for the Warriors in their 66-27 home win over Kossuth. The adjusted game stats for the Naval Academy commit include 13 carries for 248 yards and three touchdowns with a two-point run added in. He also added an 80-yard kickoff return after the Aggies had sliced Corinth’s lead to 27-20 less than three minutes into the third quarter. All the numbers add up to 330 yards of total offense for Betts.
Goldman Butler, RB – BHSLions opponents will likely be happy to see Butler graduate this year so he doesn’t torture them anymore. Butler had his best game to date Friday as Biggersville completely dominated Smithville, a team that has been a thorn in their sides since their last win over the Seminoles in 1980. The senior running back carried the pigskin 20 times for 248 yards, an average of 12.4 yards per rush, and scored four touchdowns while adding a pair of two-point conversion runs. In addition he completed a 44-yard pass and caught a pass for 20 yards. In all, Butler compiled 312 yards of total offense.
What makes the numbers for Betts and Butler even more impressive is that each player is always a focal point for each opposing defense.
Congratulations to Corinth’s Cayden Betts and Biggersville’s Goldman Butler, the Daily Corinthian Co-Players of the Week for week three.
Honorable MentionsBlake Counce, QB – Tishomingo County: The Braves junior signal-caller is putting up all-division-type numbers in the early going despite TC’s 1-2 record. Tish County is greatly improved under first-year head coach Richard Russo even with the sub-.500 record. Counce completed 21-29 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns in the Braves 41-31 road loss at Lewisburg last Friday. He added another 80 yards rushing and a fourth touchdown. In fact, an argument could well be made that Counce should be the Player Of The Week. And that’s a valid argument.
DiRenzo Shields, DL – Biggersville: The senior was disruptive the entire game against Smithville as he recorded six tackles, with four TFL and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a TD.
Zae Davis, ATH – Biggersville: Davis caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns against the Seminoles.
Christian Barber, RB – Corinth: Barber rushed for 125 yards and a TD in the Warriors win over Kossuth.
Nazarius Jones, RB – Corinth: Jones had 123 yards on just five carries and two touchdowns.
Brawner Cregeen, QB – Corinth: The sophomore completed 11-16 passes for 123 yards and a pair of TD’s.
Brock Seago, QB – Kossuth: The senior completed 14-32 passes for 233 yards, three touchdowns and an interception through the air. He added a rushing touchdown.
Hank Eaton, WR – Kossuth: Eaton hauled in three passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
Jacob Leatherwood, QB – Alcorn Central: Leatherwood ran for 57 yards and three scores and added 50 yards passing in Central’s home win over Potts Camp.
Kaleb Guy, RB – Booneville: Guy had 18 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns as the Blue Devils nipped Saltillo at home.
John Daniel Deaton, QB – Booneville: Deaton was 10-12 for 184 yards with one interception in Booneville’s win over the Tigers.
TJ Colom II, ATH – Walnut: The senior human-highlight-reel had five carries for 170 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats home win over Falkner in the “Joe Bowl.”
TJ Luellen, RB – Walnut: Luellen compiled 112 yards of total offense and scored three ways with a TD run, TD reception and punt return TD.