MaxPreps National Team of the Week
South Panola High School (Batesville, Miss.)
Will this silence the critics? South Panola extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 79 games Friday night on national television, knocking off Apopka, Fla., 28-18.
Apopka entered the contest ranked No. 9 in the state of Florida by MaxPreps and averaging 45 points per game behind star athlete Jeremy Gallon.
But South Panola junior running back would be the star in this game, carrying 25 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Parker sealed the victory early in the fourth quarter, taking a pitch and sprinting down the sideline for a 71-yard touchdown.
It wasn’t the Tigers’ first victory against an out-of-state opponent during the streak, but certainly the most significant. South Panola has dominated past games against teams from Louisiana and Tennessee.
MaxPreps National Player of the Week
Aaron Murray, QB, Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
We usually shy away from glorifying big performances in lopsided games, but Aaron Murray’s night against Tampa rival Middleton deserves the attention.
In just a little over a half, Murray led Plant to a 56-14 win by completing 18-of-25 passes for 391 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Georgia recruit also ran for 21 yards.
Murray piled up 378 yards and all seven TD passes in the first half to help the Panthers build a 50-7 lead, connecting on scoring tosses of 5, 74, 28, 9, 44, 15 and 35 yards.
“It was a great first half,” Murray told The Tampa Tribune. “We were clicking on all cylinders on offense and defense. We got a couple of turnovers to get the ball back fast. We say we want to get better every week and as an offensive unit, we definitely got a lot better this week.
For the season, Murray has thrown for 829 yards and 11 touchdowns in three games. He has also run for 104 yards and a score.
Past Teams of the Week
Aug. 25 – Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Sept. 2 – Olive Branch (Miss.)
Sept. 8 – Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.)
Sept. 22 – Lake Oswego (Ore.)
Past Players of the Week
Aug. 25 – Bo Cordell, Sr., QB, Indian Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Sept. 2 – Toney Williams, Sr., RB, Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Sept. 8 – Aaron Green, So., RB, Madison (San Antonio, Texas)
Sept. 22 – Trenton Richardson, Sr., RB, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.)