Sometimes stats alone is enough to win a prepster Player of the Week status.
But more than not, it’s the effect the player has on the outcome of the game, in addition to lofty stats, that earn that title.
Such is the case this week.
The Daily Corinthian Player of the Week, for games played last Friday, Sept. 10, is Booneville senior athlete L.J. Shumpert.
Described by many, including his coach, as a ‘swiss army knife’ (for his ability to shred a defense, or offense, in a variety of ways), Shumpert has started at one position or another for the Blue Devils since his freshman season.
“He’s just one of those players that plays anywhere we need him,” said BHS coach Mike Mattox. “L.J. is not a guy that gets loud but he will get vocal with other players when he sees they are out of position or need to do something different to help the team be successful. He’s a joy to coach. I’m glad he’s on my team so I don’t have to play against him.”
In last weeks 31-21 come-from-behind 31-21 win at Tiger Stadium in Booneville, Shumpert locked down the Urchins best receivers to the tune of three pass breakups and seven total tackles from his defensive back slot. Where he really became a factor was on offense, where he filled in time at quarterback. He rushed 10 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns, the final one coming with 2:30 remaining in the contest from 65 yards out.
Check and mate, Shumpert.
“He’s a playmaker,” said Mattox. “He makes the other players on the team better and they all respect him. Many of them look up to him.”
Other players around the DC coverage area that had impressive showings last Friday inclue:
Zion Nunn, Booneville; The true freshman produced his second 100-plus yard game with 175 yards on 16 carries.
Talen Kemp, Alcorn Central; Kemp could have very easily been named Player of the Week after he almost single-handedly put away Falkner in a 54-12 Golden Bears road win over the Eagles. In a contest that was tied at 12-all in the first quarter, the freshman completed 4-4 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a pair of interceptions on defense, including one he returned 56 yards for a score. He also added a pair of two-point conversions.
Alex Moore, Alcorn Central; had three catches, all going for TD’s covering 78, 40 and 93 yards as the Bears put the game on ice.
Riley Lambert, Alcorn Central; had three rushes for 80 yards against Falkner, including a 72-yard TD run.
Zae Davis, Biggersville; Although the Lions fell 42-0 to the Eagles, Davis had 118 rushing yards on just four carries and two first half TD’s. He added five receptions for 38 yards.
Drew Rowsey, Biggersville; The sophomore QB completed 14-18 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown.
Dylan Rowsey, Biggersville; caught four passes for 70 yards and a TD. Added 10 tackles on defense.
Zyonn Mayes, Biggersville; had 10 tackles and two TFL against Eupora.
Hunter Johnson, Biggersville; Produced eight tackles, a sack and a TFL.
Eli Dollar, Walnut; led four Wildcat running backs with over 30 yards with 53 and a touchdown. Added five tackles and three TFL on defense.
TJ Strickland, Kossuth; Had three receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Aggies 21-20 loss to Ripley.
Brady Kelly, Kossuth; Rushed for 84 yards and a TD on 15 carries against Ripley.