With a local schedule void of the usual slate of eight or nine games last week, there were still some impressive performances from players around the Daily Corinthian coverage area.
Corinth, Kossuth and Biggersville all had the week off, meaning stars from other local schools had their chance to shine, and boy did they.
One such player is being honored as the DC Player of the Week for his efforts in the annual Battle for the Bigbee Bell.
Tishomingo County senior quarterback Blake Counce is being honored as the Player of the Week after rallying his squad from a 29-14 halftime deficit to a 52-37 road win at Belmont, an annual rivalry game that always seems to bring out the best in each club.
For the game, Counce rushed six times for an astounding 172 yards (an average of 28 yards per carry) and a pair of touchdowns from distances of 63 and 68 yards. He was also 4-7 through the air for a touchdown and 26 yards.
Counce engineered an offense that out-gained the Cardinals 475-370 and scored every time they had the ball in the second half.
“At halftime, I could see it in our guy’s eyes that we were gonna go out in the second half and take the game back and win,” said Counce. “Our fans, our student body, our players, our coaches, everybody has invested so much into us that we didn’t want to let them down. And I certainly felt like we had not played our best in the first half. However, I knew we had it in us and when we scored to start the second half there was no doubt on our sideline we would rally and rally big to win this rivalry game.”
“There is no love lost between these two schools and now we are the only senior class in school history to go 4-0 and against them (Cardinals).”
“Blake was amazing but we had a lot of others that played just as big a role in the win,” said Braves second-year head coach Richard Russo. “This is the kind of win that can turn a season around in a hurry.”
Other standouts from TC’s come-from-behind win were:
Bryan Scales, athlete; 11 rushes for 160 yards and two TD’s plus 20 receiving yards.
Chandler Williams, running back; eight rushes for 116 yards and a pair of scores.
Caleb Bonds, defensive line; 15 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 hurries, 1 sack 3 forced fumbles.
“And we couldn’t have done any of it without stellar play from our offensive line of Caleb Curtis, Jackson Stuart, Logan Johnson, Austin Jairrell, McKinley Davis and Jaxon Pryce-Jones,” said Russo.
Other notable performances from around the area last Friday:
Charlie Staley, Alcorn Central RB; three rushing touchdowns in the Golden Bears 54-0 win at Thasher.
Tryler Trussell, Walnut RB; 12 carries for 94 yards. Trussell also had a 51-yard interception return for a TD.
Eli Dollar, Walnut RB; five carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns.