BIGGERSVILLE — The Daily Corinthian Player of the Week for week seven of the 2021 season goes to a player who has played at a high level all season.
Not only has he continued to produce winning numbers, while leading his squad from the quarterback position, but he has also done so the past few weeks with a dislocated pinky finger on his throwing hand.
Biggersville sophomore QB Drew Rowsey is being honored as the latest DC Player of the Week following his performance against Smithville on the road last Friday as the Lions won handily, 40-10.
Rowsey was 13-21 passing the ball for a season-high 232 yards and two touchdowns. Truth is, the BHS signal-caller could have earned this award in previous weeks. He has been the steady field general head coach Case Ingram envisioned when the season began.
“Drew is our leader,” said Ingram. “He has truly grown into the quarterback position and is a very talented passer and runner. But he is truly a leader on the field each and every game.”
Rowsey had a solid season during his freshman season in 2020, stepping in for anticipated starter Quinton Knight, who suffered a season-ending leg injury prior to the 2020 season-opener.
Rowsey had his season end in the Lions’ playoff opener against West Lowndes, But his older brother Dylan stepped right in and led Biggersville to its first-ever state championship game.
The primary concern for Ingram and his staff heading into this season was piecing together an almost entirely new offensive line. The Lions lost four OL starters off the state title game squad, with Logan Turnbough being the only returning starter. Cole Butler was expected to be a key piece of the line, being a player with a lot of game experience, but he has battled back issues all season and is still a question mark for the remainder of the campaign.
“Our line has continued to improve each week and they are really playing well now,” said Rowsey, “and that goes for both pass and run protection. We have a lot of speed on this team so we feel good about our chances from here on out.”
Other players nominated for Player of the Week were:
Jathan Hatch, Biggersville: The sophomore running back produced 144 yards rushing and scored twice against Smithville.
Zae Davis, Biggersville: rushed six times for 71 yards and a touchdown while adding 44 receiving yards on four receptions.
Deitrich Shugars, Biggersville: caught four passes for 69 yards and a TD while adding 25 yards on a single carry.
Dylan Rowsey, Biggersville: Hauled in three passes for 88 yards and a 71-yard touchdown.
Starting Defense, Biggersville: Limited a powerful Smithville team to seven first downs and 84 total yards. The Seminoles quarterback went 0-9 with an interception against the Lions.
Broderick Alexander, Corinth: Amassed over 200 yards total and scored all three Warrior touchdowns including a pair of long TD receptions from quarterback Brawner Cregeen and a 65-yard kickoff return.
Ben Sandlin, Booneville: 4-6 passing for 68 yards and a TD in the Blue Devils 31-0 shutout at Bruce.
LJ Shumpert, Booneville: Had five rushes for 26 yards and a TD while passing for 56 yards and a second score.
Zion Nunn, Booneville: Carried the ball 13 times for 91 yards and a TD.
TJ Brown, Booneville: Had three receptions for 82 yards and a TD.
Brady Kelly, Kossuth: Produced 157 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown in the Aggies 35-0 win at Alcorn Central.
Jack Johnson, Kossuth: Completed 8-18 passing for 132 yards and two touchdowns while adding 89 yards and a third TD on the ground.
Payden Mitchell, Kossuth: Had three receptions for 47 yards to lead the Aggies receiving corp.
Kemarrian Gray, Walnut: Had nine carries for 59 yards and a TD against East Union.