Each Monday I'll be writing a weekly opinion column on things I noticed from the past weekend’s slate of games or events. It may be high school, college, or professional sports, but I’ll give you some quick hits to think about.
Hattiesburg Tigers show heart despite loss
If you follow me on Twitter (cheap plug to follow me) you noticed that I went to Presbyterian Christian vs. Sumrall last Friday night. You can read that story on the website (another plug). Across town, a great game took place between the Oak Grove Warriors and Hattiesburg Tigers.
It was a wild one.
Hattiesburg fought valiantly, even holding the lead as both teams went to the locker rooms in the first half. The Tigers from what I saw via Twitter looked good offensively, and the stat sheet shows it. Despite being 0-3, head coach Tony Vance’s inexperienced team is starting to find an identity. That will prove to be important as district play fast approaches.
Don’t count the Tigers out just yet.
Jaylond Adams soars, Abraham near perfect against Troy
In case you did not know it, Southern Miss’ Jaylond Adams is fast. To borrow a quote from the classic movie “The Longest Yard,” he’s so fast he makes fast people look not fast. The sophomore speedster returned a kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown and caught 11 passes for 180 yards. Adams is a truly remarkable player that should find an NFL roster if he continues his recent success.
Not to be forgotten is someone often a bit underappreciated by Golden Eagle faithful, Jack Abraham. I don’t see Abraham as having a cannon for an arm, but he is as smart and efficient as they come. That dates way back to his Oxford high school days. His 17-of-17 completion start against Troy speaks for itself. Abraham finished 28-for-36 with a pair of touchdowns and 463 yards. He broke a school record for most consecutive completions, a record he already held. He also ranks second on the all-time single-game passing yards list, just under 49ers backup Nick Mullens.
Is he the second coming of Brett Favre? No, but he is the tough, gritty, guy we’ve come to expect in a Southern Miss quarterback.
Gear up, Golden Eagle fans, this season could still be special with the weapons your team has. Just don’t panic after this weekend when they face off against the Crimson Tide.
Dak “Most Valuable Player” Prescott? It could happen
Let me make this clear: I do not like the Cowboys. I find joy when Jerry Jones makes a goofball decision or the best clapping coach in the league, Jason Garrett, decides to make a poor play call. Watching Aaron Rodgers and my Green Bay Packers destroy their Super Bowl hopes a few years ago with a late-minute drive was glorious.
However, I am a realist.
I picked Dallas to represent the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl. I believe they have one of the most complete teams in the NFL this season after working out a contract with Ezekiel Elliott. Now, they might have one of the best quarterbacks. I have been fairly critical of Dak Prescott, but through two games he is torching defenses. Yesterday, he was 26-30 for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Combined, he is 51-of-62, 674 yards, and seven touchdowns to just one interception.
If Prescott can continue to be as efficient as he has been throughout his career while piling on the yards through the air, he could certainly be in the MVP conversation. Now let me go compose myself after having to write that.