The members of the 2015 Dandy Dozen are proving why they’re the top high school football players in the state.
Last week, Noxubee County defensive end Jeffery Simmons made a jump in the rankings as the state’s overall No. 1 player. Following a career night against Oxford, Starkville wide receiver A.J. Brown could see a rise in the near future.
Here’s how the elite group of 12 performed in Week 2.
A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville: The four-star receiver tallied a career-high 16 catches for 192 yards in a 20-7 win over the Chargers. Brown also had a touchdown-saving tackle in the fourth quarter.
Benito Jones, DT, Wayne County: The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder recorded five tackles, three quarterback hurries and a sack in Wayne County’s 34-33 loss at Oak Grove.
Keon Howard, QB, Laurel: The Memphis commit was 13-of-30 passing for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Howard also rushed for 89 yards on 10 carries in Laurel’s 34-32 loss to Hattiesburg.
Raekwon Davis, DT, Meridian: The Alabama commit and the Wildcats’ defensive line limited South Panola’s potent ground game to 149 total yards of offense. Davis had three tackles and a sack and saw a considerable amount of time at left tackle.
Justin Connor, ATH, North Panola: Connor concentrated his efforts on offense in Week 2, picking up 10 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the Cougars 42-7 win vs. Coahoma AHS.
Kobe Jones, DT, Starkville: The defensive tackle notched four tackles against Oxford and was credited with forcing a fumble in the Yellowjackets’ 20-7 win.
Jack Abraham, QB, Oxford: The Tulane commit completed 14 of his 27 passes for 110 yards and an interception in Oxford’s 20-7 loss at Starkville.
Octavious Cooley, TE, Laurel: Cooley did a little bit of everything in Laurel’s Week 2 loss between the bricks. He was 1-of-2 passing for 40 yards, had five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown and ran the ball one time for a nine-yard gain.
Jeffery Simmons, DE, Noxubee County: The state’s No. 1 player lined up at fullback and tight end to score two touchdowns and recorded 10 tackles, three for loss, two sacks, two blocked punts, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
Jordan Duncan, WR, Oak Grove: Duncan committed to Cal last Monday and helped Oak Grove grab a 34-33 victory in its Week 2 opener against Wayne County. The 6-foot-2 receiver had eight catches for 82 yards.
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Oxford: The Ole Miss commit had three receptions for 14 yards and ran the ball three times for 11 yards. Metcalf was also tasked with playing cornerback to cover Yellowjackets wide receiver A.J. Brown in the Chargers 20-7 loss at Starkville.
Nigel Knott, CB, Germantown: Did not play – injured. Knott announced last week that he will return to action on Sept. 25 when Germantown opens district play at Vicksburg.
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