Becoming a Daily Corinthian Player of the Week takes more than just impressive game stats. Other elements such as leadership and value to a team’s success are also factors.
It’s not unusual to have three or four players in line to win the honor and this week was no exception.
The latest honor goes to Booneville senior quarterback John Daniel Deaton, who led his team to a road win over Alcorn Central with both his arm and legs.
Deaton completed 9-12 passes for 179 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. On the first play from scrimmage, he set the tone by connecting with a wide open TJ Brown for a 57-yard TD. He also had a 24-yard scoring strike to LJ Shumpert along with a 12-yard touchdown throw to JD Nanney.
“I thought he (Deaton) was poised and threw it to the right reads,” said Booneville head coach Mike Mattox. “He was a leader for us and kept everyone involved.”
The Blue Devils signal caller added 52 yards rushing for an average of 10.4 yards per attempt. In total, Deaton compiled 231 yards and kept several drives alive with key runs and throws.
More impressively, Deaton completed passes to six different receivers keeping all his teammates involved in the offense.
For the season, he has completed 42-56 passes for 663 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions with 53 yards and two scores on the ground.
Congratulations to Booneville quarterback John Daniel Deaton, the Daily Corinthian Player of the Week.
TJ Colom II – RB, Walnut: The senior compiled 123 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns rushing while adding a 66-yard kickoff return TD, an interception and five total tackles as the Wildcats pasted visiting JZ George on homecoming at WHS.
Corinth team defense: After two tough games defending the pass the Warriors responded with five interceptions off of Tishoming0 County QB Blake Counce, after the Braves leader had been near flawless thru the first four games of the season.
Caleb Guy – RB, Booneville: Guy totaled 136 yards and two touchdowns against Central with 93, and both scores, coming on the ground.
Goldman Butler – RB, Biggersville: Only needed for a quarter the senior rushed for 64 yards on five carries (12.8 yards per attempt), a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversion runs as the Lions blasted Ashland on homecoming.
Zae Davis – WR, Biggersville: Davis’ numbers, on the surface, are not impressive. It’s what he did with his limited touches. The junior caught two passes early on in the Lions home win for 24 yards with both going for TD’s.
Cayden Betts – Ath, Corinth: The senior had 98 yards rushing with two touchdowns and added a school-record 99-yard kickoff return for a third TD.
Nazarius Jones – RB: Corinth: Betts’ fellow CHS senior gained 75 yards and a touchdown. He added a second TD on a 54-yard pick-6 in the third quarter of Corinth’s 52-20 road win at Tishomingo County.
Ashton Pharr – RB, Thrasher: The senior rolled up 155 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns as the Rebels won their home opener 24-14 over Byers. He also added a 2-point conversion run.
Zamarius Alexander – RB, Kossuth: The senior was a workhorse once again for the Aggies, rushing for 185 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown against visiting Amory. He added three receptions for 34 yards and a second TD.
Brock Seago – QB, Kossuth: For the third time in four contests the senior quarterback was solid thru the air, completing 10-19 for 145 yards and two touchdowns. He added 33 yards rushing and a third score.
Gavin Crocker – RB, Tish County: Crocker followed his five-touchdown effort a week earlier against Alcorn Central with three more scoring runs against Corinth.