The 2015 high school football season has come to an end. Twelve of Mississippi’s best named to The Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen capped off their high school careers with monster performances as seniors. Here’s a look at how all 12 fared over the course of the season.
Jack Abraham, QB, Oxford: The Tulane commit completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 5,091 yards, 57 touchdowns and six interceptions. Abraham led Oxford to the Class 5A state championship game for a third straight year where he broke the Chargers’ single game passing record by throwing for 550 yards.
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Oxford: Metcalf, an Ole Miss commit, had 93 catches for 1,455 yards and hauled in 22 touchdowns. He also recorded a rushing touchdown, 16 tackles and an interception.
A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville: The four-star wideout broke Starkville’s single season reception record with 83 catches for 1,371 yards and 13 touchdowns, helping lead the Yellowjackets to the 6A championship. Brown also rushed for a touchdown and returned 15 punts for 242 yards.
Kobe Jones, DL/OL, Starkville: Jones played on both sides of the ball, recording 33 tackles (21 solo), nine for loss, five pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. As an offensive lineman, Jones bolstered a Yellowjacket offense that totaled 360.2 yards per game, including 162.9 on the ground.
Keon Howard, QB, Laurel: The Memphis commit completed 188 of 391 passes for 3,317 yards, threw 43 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions, leading Laurel to the Class 5A South State final. Howard also rushed for 456 yards and three touchdowns.
Octavious Cooley, TE, Laurel: Cooley, an Ole Miss commit, recorded 68 catches for 1,448 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran in six scores.
Jeffery Simmons, DE, Noxubee County: Mississippi’s top-ranked player was a force on both sides of the ball. After missing a month with a high ankle sprain, Simmons led Noxubee County to its third state championship in four years behind 105 tackles (88 solo), 20.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 21 QB hurries, three blocked extra points, an interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a fullback, the four-star prospect rushed for four touchdowns.
Benito Jones, DT, Wayne County: Jones tallied 83 solo tackles, 24 QB hurries, seven sacks and an interception. The Ole Miss commit hauled in the game-winning touchdown as a tight end in the Class 5A state championship, leading the War Eagles to their first title since 2006.
Raekwon Davis, DL/OL, Meridian: The Alabama commit played on both sides of the line this year and helped the Wildcats reach the 6A South State final. Davis notched 55 tackles (29 solo), 8.5 sacks, four tackles for loss and two QB hurries. As an offensive lineman, he helped anchor an offense that averaged 326.6 yards, including 157 rushing, each outing.
Nigel Knott, DB, Germantown: Once he returned from a knee injury, Knott recorded 51 tackles, three interceptions, four pass break-ups and a blocked extra point to help Germantown reach the second round of the 5A playoffs. The four-star prospect scored three touchdowns, two of which were interceptions returned for a score.
Jordan Duncan, WR, Oak Grove: The Cal commit tallied 73 catches for 1,101 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading Oak Grove to the second round of the 6A playoffs.
Justin Connor, ATH, North Panola: The Ole Miss commit rushed 199 times for 1,640 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Connor recorded 10 tackles (five solo).
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