Sports601 Powerade Player of the Week (Week 9)

Margro Perkins is to Raleigh as a utility player is to a baseball team – a valuable commodity. Perkins can – and just about has – played every skilled position on the field: quarterback, running back and wide receiver. He also plays on special teams and defense as a punt returner and cornerback.

Last Friday night against Region 6-3A foe McLaurin, Perkins scored four touchdowns from three different positions. 

“It was just another day at the office for Margro,” said Raleigh head coach Chad Collums. “He’s done this for us all year long. He’s had some big games this year. 

The scary thing about him is that he’s just a sophomore. He’s going to get better and better, and he has gotten better each week [this season].”

Raleigh beat McLaurin 35-7 behind the sophomore’s four touchdown night and improved to 2-1 in Region 6-3A. Perkins scored two touchdowns as a running back, one as a wide receiver and one on special teams as the team’s punt returner. 

The Lions led 12-7 at the halfway point, thanks to a 12-yard rushing touchdown by Perkins in the first quarter and a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second. 

“Our offense was clicking early,” said Collums. “On defense, we were a bend but don’t break type of defense Friday night. I think they fed off the offense in what they were able to do. Getting two scores early makes everybody feel better.”

Perkins night, though, wasn’t over. He helped seal the win for Raleigh with another rushing touchdown in the third quarter and topped the night off with a 74-yard touchdown reception at wide receiver in the final stanza. 

He finished with 222 all-purpose yards.

Offense and special teams were not the only areas Perkins contributed big plays too. He recorded a sack and forced a fumble on defense. 

Perkins is our Week 10 Sports601 Powerade Player of the Week. 

The win was big for Raleigh, and as Collums says, “as long as nothing crazy happens,” the Lions will play beyond the regular season. 

“It keeps us in the hunt,” said Collums. “We need some things to happen for us to win the region, but for us to be in that position is huge for us. 

“This whole deal can get little crazy, but if everything stays the course, I think we’re in [the playoffs].”

A win this Friday night vs. St. Andrews Episcopal (5-4, 1-2) would solidify Raleigh (3-5, 2-1) a spot in postseason play. 

Sports Editor

James is a graduate of Stringer High School and Jones County Junior College. He is an award-winning AP and MS Press photographer, writer, and layout designer.

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