Sometimes it is not always about the numbers but in the way, a leader steps up to will their team to victory. For Petal’s DeCarlos Nicholson, that was the case Friday night as the senior quarterback stepped up to lead his team over Brookhaven last Friday evening.
Nicholson had an efficient night against 5A Brookhaven, completing 10 of 13 passes for 161 yards. That was enough to give him a quarterback rating of 117.8. Nicholson also broke a 34-yard carry that resulted in a touchdown for the Panthers as they cruised to a 42-10 victory.
Petal head coach Marcus Boyles was impressed with his senior signal-caller not just Friday night, but all week.
“I thought he played really well last Friday night. Our line gave him the protection he needed while the receivers did a good job of catching the football, but it all really started last Monday. I thought he had a great week of practice. He was extremely focused. Coming off the Harrison Central game nobody was pleased with our passing game. Give credit to Harrison Central of course, but our kids took a lot of pride in last week’s practice and it showed by playing well Friday night.”
Boyles also talked about how Nicholson has wanted to come out and compete hard during his senior season.
“He’s very competitive. He’s a young man who puts a lot of pressure on himself to perform well every time he steps on the field. He wants to be the best player on the field every Friday night, and he goes out to prepare that way.”
On the rushing touchdown by Nicholson, Boyles said it was not planned that way, but his quarterback made the most of it.
“It was a breakdown. Harrison Central covered the receivers well, but he pulled it down and that’s one of the things he does well. He improvises with his feet to find a play.”
For Nicholson, he believes that the team is in a good place, but knows that they have to keep up the intensity as the season progresses.
“I’m happy that we are 3-0. The team is playing really well and the defense is playing lights out. I just hope we don’t get too satisfied with where we are and can keep building momentum as we head into district play.”
Nicholson also credited the coaches for a great week of practice for the game and his rushing touchdown.
“Everything they showed on film, the coaches prepared us for that and we executed it. Everything just clicked all 48 minutes for us. On the scoring play, I was looking for the tight end to leak out, but the linebacker got in the window. I just kept rolling and he overplayed me. I knew nobody was on that side of the field so I just cut back and scored.”
Congratulations to Petal quarterback DeCarlos Nicholson, our Sports601 Powerade Player of the Week for the Forrest, Lamar, and Covington County area.