Each Friday this fall has been a struggle to pick just one player as the top performer of the previous week. In fact, two local standouts shared the honor following week three.
As I have pointed out before there are several elements that go into choosing the Player of the Week and one of those is how important the players performance was in regards to his team winning or losing the contest, especially in division match-ups.
This week our top three Player of the Week nominees were Biggersville’s Goldman Butler, Walnut’s TJ Colom II and Corinth’s Cayden Betts. All three players are seniors and have been the driving forces behind their respective teams success all season.
At the end of the day the choice for the Daily Corinthian Player of the Week for games played Friday, Oct. 16, goes to Cayden Betts of Corinth.
Betts was ultra-dymanic against what was likely Corinth’s stiffest challenge for the Division 1-4A championship in the form of New Albany. The Bulldogs proved to be as good as advertised with both running backs surpassing the 100-yard mark.
That put Betts over the top as the Player of the Week as the Warriors do-everything athlete scored five touchdowns, including a 90-yard kickoff return, rushed for 118 yards on 17 carries, hauled in two passes for 25 yards, totaled over 150 return yards and helped the CHS defense hold off a late Bulldogs rally attempt.
Congratulations to Corinth’s Cayden Betts, the Daily Corinthian Player of the Week.
Goldman Butler-RB, Biggersville: Butler, in only one half of action at Coldwater, rushed for 224 yards on 16 carries and scored four times to help the Lions to a 62-6 win over the Cougars and maintain control of the Division 1-1A lead.
TJ Colom II-ATH, Walnut: Colom has been another weekly nominee for the Wildcats that opposing teams can’t figure out how to slow down, much less stop. Colom touched the ball 13 times during Walnut’s overwhelming 61-26 home win over Potts Camp, accumulating 286 total yards rushing, receiving and on returns. Oh, and he scored six more touchdowns.
Gavin Crocker-RB, Tishomingo County: The Braves dropped a hard-fought 42-35 decision at home Friday to North Pontotoc but no one can blame that on Crocker, or anyone on the TC roster for that matter.
Crocker produced his best game to date with 222 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. He added two receptions for 27 yards and a kickoff return for 39. In total the senior finished with 288 all-purpose yards.
Brawner Cregeen-QB, Corinth: The sophomore showed how effective he can be when given proper protection, even inside the run-based Wing-T offense, as he completed 9-11 for 167 yards and a touchdown thru the air while scoring on a one-yard QB keeper in the third quarter as the Warriors held off New Albany.
Christian Barber-ATH, Corinth: It’s difficult to place a position tag on Barber because he impacts the game from so many angles. Against the Bulldogs the senior rushed for 88 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. He also added a 62-yard touchdown reception in the fourth period to stretch Corinth’s lead to 49-35.
Caleb Guy-RB, Booneville: The senior had nine carries for 155 yards and a touchdown along with an 11-yard reception as the Blue Devils handled Kossuth on the road.
Jacob Frazier-RB, Booneville: The senior formed a dynamic 1-2 punch along with Guy as he went for 117 yards on 18 carries and a TD.
John Daniel Deaton-QB, Booneville: His completion percentage was below his yearly average but Deaton was effective as usual, completing 10-22 for 22 yards and a pair of TD’s, including a 71-yarder to Jackson McCoy on the first play of the contest against the Aggies.
Zamarius Alexander-RB, Kossuth: The senior carried the pigskin 19 times for 79 yards and Kossuth’s lone touchdown against Booneville.