Mississippi Gridiron Team of the Week for Week 7

The Mississippi Gridiron Team of the Week for week 7 of the season. Players are selected with consideration given to the individual performance, the impact on the game, the quality of opponent, and the magnitude of the game. Players can be nominated each week by filling out our online nomination form.


Games of Sep. 27 – Sep. 28, 2012



QB, Kwadra Griggs, Jr, Greenwood    
Junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs completed 14-18 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns in Greenwood’s 42-0 win over Humphreys County.

QB, Gardner Minshew, So, Brandon
Sophomore quarterback Gardner Minshew passed for 289 yards and five touchdowns in Brandon’s 63-28 win over Forest Hill.

AP, Khadarel Hodge, Sr, Mendenhall
Senior quarterback Khadarel Hodge put up 340 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in Mendenhall’s 42-41 loss to Germantown.

RB, Ashton Shumpert, Sr, Itawamba AHS                                                                       
Senior running back Ashton Shumpert carried the ball seven times for 236 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-13 win over Corinth.

RB, Daniel Goodspeed, Sr, Madison Central    
Senior running back Daniel Goodspeed pounded out 147 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns to lead Madison Central to a 33-28 win over Murrah.

RB, Nathan Vanderburg, Sr, Desoto Central          
Senior running back Nathan Vanderburg rushed 23 times for 248 yards and four touchdowns in Desoto Central’s 39-14 win over Horn Lake.

WR, Malik Dear, So, Murrah
Murrah sophomore receiver Malik Dear caught seven passes for 95 yards, and rushed seven times for 124 yards and three touchdowns in Murrah’s 33-28 loss to Madison Central.

WR, Ishmel Morrow, Sr, Ocean Springs
Senior receiver Ishmel Morrow caught ten passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in Ocean Springs’ 24-21 overtime loss to D’Iberville.

WR, Octavious Cooley, Fr, Laurel
Freshman wide receiver Octavious Cooley had eight receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns in Laurel’s 33-9 win over West Lauderdale.

OL, Starkville
The Starkville offensive line helped the Yellowjackets pound out 317 rushing yards on 45 carries in a 23-6 win over Provine. The Starkville offense posted 415 yards of total offense.


DL, Jermon Johnson, Jr, Ridgeland              
Junior defensive lineman Jermon Johnson of Ridgeland had a team-high 12 tackles in the Titans’ 48-6 win over Lanier.

DL, David Green, Sr, Yazoo City
Senior defensive lineman David Green had a team-high 12 tackles in Yazoo City’s 6-0 win over Canton.

DE, Gabriel Jackson, Jr, Moss Point              
Moss Point junior defensive end Gabriel Jackson had 12 tackles in a 40-7 win against West Harrison.

DE, Xavier Thigpen, Sr, West Jones                      
West Jones’ senior defensive end Xavier Thigpen had nine tackles and two sacks in the Mustangs’ 34-0 win over Stone.

LB, Jonathan Burnett, Jr, Terry
Terry junior linebacker Jonathan Burnett had 17 tackles and two sacks in the Bulldogs’ 20-16 loss to Natchez.

LB, Ronnie Walker, Sr, Biloxi
Senior linebacker Ronnie Walker racked up 19 tackles in Biloxi’s 27-6 win over George County.

LB, Jason Riede, Sr, Ocean Springs     
Senior linebacker Jason Riede had 15 tackles in Ocean Springs’ 24-21 overtime loss to D’Iberville.

LB, Brandon Nutt, Sr, Germantown     
Senior linebacker Brandon Nutt had eleven tackles in Germantown’s 42-41 win over Mendenhall.

DB, Forrest Harvey, Jr, Petal
Junior Forrest Harvey had ten tackles and a sack in Petal’s 24-21 win over Oak Grove.

DB, Jaquoyle Pounds, Sr, Saltillo
Senior defensive back Jaquoyle Pounds had eight total tackles and forced a fumble in Saltillo’s 35-21 win over Clarksdale.

DB, Quinn Tiggs, Jr, Tupelo    
Junior defensive back Quinn Tiggs had three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, in Tupelo’s 35-14 win over Grenada.

DB, Devin Voorhies, Jr, Wilkinson County
Junior defensive back Devin Voorhies had ten tackles in a 32-14 win over Franklin County. Voorhies also totaled 269 yards of offense with four touchdowns.


Special Teams

PK, Nick Goyette, Sr, D’Iberville
Senior placekicker Nick Goyette was perfect on extra points hitting all three attempts, and made a 25-yard game-winning field goal in double overtime to lift #9 D’Iberville to a 24-21 win over Ocean Springs.

P, Nathan McDaniel, Sr, Northwest Rankin
Senior punter Nathan McDaniel punted six times averaging 41 yards per punt with two punts downed inside the 20, as Northwest Rankin beat Vicksburg 21-6.