When the term “Player of the Week” is mentioned some people think of offense, with defense as an afterthought. And there’s merit in that.
However, there is occasionally a defensive performance that simply deserves to be recognized. Such is the case with this week’s Daily Corinthian Player of the Week.
Tishomingo County senior outside linebacker Tyriek Duckett had a career night as the Braves defeated Alcorn Central 41-7 to claim a win on homecoming night.
Duckett was all over the field doing what a good linebacker is supposed to do – make plays. He finished the contest with 14 total tackles with an impressive seven TFL. Duckett also added a sack, a QB hurry and recovered a fumble while returning an interception 20 yards for a pick-6 in the second quarter to give his team a 28-0 halftime lead.
“Tyriek has really taken his game to another level the last two weeks,” said TC head coach Richard Russo of his star ‘backer. “He’s finally feeling comfortable in our defensive scheme and playing relentlessly without thinking. He is a leader on our defense as well as our team. I hate he’ll be gone after this year.”
Duckett is the first Tishomingo County player this season to win the weekly Player of the Week honor.
• Gavin Crocker, RB – Tishomingo County: At first glance, Crocker looked to have Player of the Week numbers.
And he did, until Duckett trumped him by a couple of thin hairs.
Crocker, a senior, ran for 114 yards on 11 carries and scored five touchdowns against the Golden Bears while adding a pair of receptions for 30 yards. Any other week those numbers would have been good enough for top honors.
• Zamarius Alexander, RB – Kossuth: The Aggies senior bulldozer of a running back plowed through Senatobia’s defense for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, a 6.9 ypc average.
• Goldman Butler, RB – Biggersville: Butler, who is becoming a weekly staple on this list, had another big night as the Lions took care of Myrtle on the road with a Division 1-1A opening 52-0 win.
The senior produced 168 rushing yards on just 16 carries (a 10.5 ypc average) while scoring four touchdowns and adding a 2-point conversion run. Biggersville improved to 4-0 overall and look to remain steady at No. 2 in this week’s Mississippi Associated Press 1A poll.
• Zae Davis, Ath – Biggersville: Davis did his damage mostly on special teams. He returned Myrtle’s first two punts of the game for touchdowns of 70 and 65 yards to take the Lions to a 16-0 lead before Biggersville’s offense stepped on the field. He also caught a pass for 15 yards.
• Dylan Rowsey, QB – Biggersville: Taking over for his brother Drew, the BHS starter, Rowsey finished with 120 yards on just five carries with a long run of 72 yards, all in less than one half of play. He also completed a pass for 12 yards.
• Cayden Betts, RB – Corinth: The senior earned his yards against a stout MRA defense that limited the Warriors to 259 yards of total offense as he finished with 131 yards on 23 carries but was held out of the end zone.
• Nazarius Jones, RB – Corinth: Jones, a senior, managed 88 yards on 11 carries and scored once in Corinth’s 51-17 homecoming loss to MRA.
• Jack Johnson, QB – McNairy Central: The sophomore threw for two touchdowns – both to Broderick Alexander – covering 16 and 22 yards as the Bobcats defeated Harding Academy 35-7 in Memphis.
• Tyler Luster, RB – McNairy Central: The senior athlete had a night for the books scoring twice on the ground and returning the opening half kickoff 63 yards to set MC up at the Lions 23-yard line. Luster scored his first TD on a six-yard run to capitalize on the long return.