Mem­phis area high school foot­ball playoffs top per­form­ers

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Here's the top Mem­phis-area high school foot­ball Top Per­form­ers from Fri­day's TSSAA and MHSAA state play­off ac­tion:

OF­FENSE Ke’Shun Gant

and Gant and Lo­max com­bined to rush for 153 yards and scored one touch­down apiece, as the Charg­ers de­feated McNairy Cen­tral 35-30.

Mar­cus Hayes, Cov­ing­ton.

Hayes led the way in the rush­ing depart­ment with 22 at­tempts, 144 yards and two TDs (34 and 4 yards) in the Charg­ers’ 35-30 win over McNairy Cen­tral.

Matthew McMeans, ECS.

The tail­back put the wraps on a suc­cess­ful ju­nior sea­son with 28 car­ries for 78 yards in a 35-14 loss at Lau­sanne.

and The Ea­gles needed touch­downs to knock off vis­it­ing War­ren Cen­tral, and Dean and Gil­liam com­bined to get the job done in a 19-0 vic­tory.

Pare scored two more touch­downs in a stel­lar ju­nior sea­son that came to an end fol­low­ing a 3127 loss to vis­it­ing White­haven.

The Michi­gan com­mit­ment con­tin­ues to run wild for the Lynx. In a 35-14 vic­tory over ECS, Gray had 36 car­ries for 246 yards and two TDs (30 and 26 yards).

Nakobe Dean Horn Lake. Brock Lo­max, Cov­ing­ton. Pa­trick Gil­liam, Lin­coln Pare, Hous­ton. Eric Gray, Lau­sanne. Mau­rice Hamp­ton, MUS.

Ver­sa­til­ity is the name of the game for this LSU com­mit­ment, as Hamp­ton caught four passes for 103 yards and had one of his team’s two in­ter­cep­tions in a 42-17 vic­tory over Pope John Paul II.

Hunter Ken­dall, MUS.

The Owls elim­i­nated Pope John Paul II, 42-17, be­hind a strong rush­ing per­for­mance from Ken­dall (18 car­ries, 128 yards and two touch­downs).

Sell­ers Shy, MUS.

The Owls’ quar­ter­back was ex­tremely valu­able in a 42-17 win over Pope John Paul II, throw­ing for 194 yards and a touch­down, while rush­ing for three more scores (6, 1 and 20 yards).

Banks ran the ball 18 times for 76 yards and added a pair of 2-yard TD runs in the Con­quis­ta­dors’ 24-20 win over vis­it­ing Neshoba Cen­tral.

Gary Banks, Olive Branch. Cameron Sneed, White­haven.

Sneed scored the first and the last touch­down for the Tigers in their 31-27 come-frombe­hind vic­tory at Hous­ton.

DE­FENSE Erek Campbell, Lau­sanne.

The se­nior blocked a punt to set up one touch­down, and then capped the scor­ing in a 35-14 win over ECS with a 44-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a TD.

Yusef Thomas, Lau­sanne.

From his mid­dle line­backer po­si­tion, Thomas, a se­nior, reg­is­tered 13 tack­les and a forced fum­ble for the Lynx in their 35-14 vic­tory against ECS.

Do­rian Hop­kins, MUS.

Hop­kins was an un­stop­pable force in a 42-17 win over Pope John Paul II, with seven solo tack­les, four as­sists and two quar­ter­back sacks. The

Javien Adams, Olive Branch.

Con­quis­ta­dors elim­i­nated Neshoba Cen­tral, 24-20, be­hind four solo tack­les, nine as­sists and a 70-yard kick­off re­turn for a touch­down.

Caden Burse Branch.

and Vis­it­ing Neshoba Cen­tral car­ried the ball 62 times, so the Con­quis­ta­dors had a lot of wrap­ping up to do, and they were led by Burse (4 solo tack­les, 14 as­sists) and Norman (3 so­los, 15 as­sists) in a 24-20 vic­tory.

and The Con­quis­ta­dor de­fense rose to the oc­ca­sion in the sec­ond half of a 2420 win over Neshoba Cen­tral, with Banks (4 solo tack­les, 10 as­sists) and Nolan (2 so­los, 11 as­sists and a fum­ble re­cov­ery) con­tribut­ing nicely.

Jevon Banks Branch. Kylen Norman, Olive Wal­ter Nolan, Olive

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Evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian School's Matthew McMeans runs the ball against Lau­sanne dur­ing their TSSAA play­off game at Lau­sanne on Fri­day. RONDONE/THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

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