With a variety of players having outstanding efforts this past week on the gridiron, the task of choosing only one as the Player of the Week was a difficult task as usual.
The schedule of games saw some last-second decisions (see Corinth’s one-point loss at Olive Branch) and several contests that were over at halftime (Alcorn Central, Biggersville and McNairy Central).
There were at least four individual performances that garnered recognition, but when all was said and done one player took top honors.
Congratulations to Walnut senior athlete TJ Colom II as the Daily Corinthian Player of the Week for the second weekend of games this fall.
In the Wildcats’ 39-13 road win over Myrtle, all Colom II did was score two touchdowns on seven offensive touches. His stat-line included seven carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns (an average of 24 yards per carry), a pass breakup (in just three defensive plays) and a 23-yard punt return.
“TJ played great Friday,” said Walnut head coach John Meeks. “He gets so much of the defense’s focus and still is able to put up big numbers. He opens up the offense for everyone else and is a game changer in the return game.”
Colom II knows he will be the focal point of every opposing defense this season, but keeps a humble attitude when it comes to his role with the Wildcats.
“It doesn’t really matter to me how many touches I get, or if those touches come offense, defense or special teams,” said Collom II. “I just feel like I need to be a leader for this team and do whatever it takes.”
As far as his performance against the Hawks, Colom II said, “we didn’t block very well in our opener against Alcorn Central so we spent a lot of time in practice last week improving in that area and we blocked much better against Myrtle in all phases. I just gave what they (Hawks) gave me and was fortunate to have a good night.”
For the season, Colom II has nearly 400 yards of total offense and five total touchdowns. He is being widely recruited on the collegiate level, but has yet to commit.
• (Corinth) Eli Burciaga – K: The freshman, playing in his first varsity game, nailed a 42-yard field goal and was 2-2 on extra points. He also converted a pair of onside kicks in the Warriors 24-23 road loss at Olive Branch.
• (Alcorn Central) Blake Doran – RB: The senior carried the ball seven times for 102 yards and a touchdown ... all in the first half. Jaden Adams – RB: Adams, also a senior, had 10 rushes for 97 yards and two TD’s in the first half.
• (Biggersville) Zae Davis – Ath: The junior athlete had four receptions for 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding a 90-yard kickoff return TD to open the game in the Lions 60-6 win at Hatley. Drew Rowsey – QB: In just his second start, the freshman completed 7-10 for 122 yards with four touchdowns against no interceptions. He also added 20 yards on eight carries and another TD.
• (Kossuth) Brock Seago – QB: The Aggies senior signal caller was 13-31 through the air for 171 yards and a touchdown. He added 30 yards rushing on nine carries.
• (Tishomingo County) Blake Counce – QB: The junior signal caller had a big game against 2A power East Union, completing 10-26 passes for 193 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He added 85 yards rushing on 16 attempts as the Braves came close but fell 42-32 at home to the Urchins.
• (Booneville) John Daniel Deaton – QB: The senior completed 10-17 passes for 126 yards with an interception while rushing for 87 yards and the two Blue Devil touchdowns.
• (McNairy Central) Jack Johnson – QB: Johnson had two TD runs in the Bobcats 33-13 road win at Chester County; Tyler Luster – RB: Luster added a pair of scoring runs against the Eagles as McNairy earned their first win of the season.