Progress Report: Week 12
Temario Strong
Temario Strong
Mississippi Scout
Posted Nov 18, 2011

Several Ole Miss commitments are still alive in the playoffs looking to add a state title ring before they graduate.

Ole Miss Commitment Stats

I'tavius Mathers

**Blackman took it on the chin against its rival, Riverdale, by a score of 38-14 in the second round of the TSSAA Class 6A playoffs. Mr. Football finalist and Ole Miss commit I'Tavius Mathers was held to 48 rushing yards on 17 carries. He left the game in the third quarter when he re-injured his sprained toe

Mathers was recently named a finalist for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football award. He rushed for 1,861 yards and 20 touchdowns in nine games during the regular season. The award is a regular-season honor. Mathers is joined by Memphis East running back Brian Kimbrow and Maryville quarterback Patton Robinette for the Mr. Football Class AAA Back award. The winners will be announced on Nov. 28

Mathers finished the season with 2,258 yards on 246 carries with 27 touchdowns. Last season Tennessee's Gatorade Player of the Year ranked tailback rushed for 2,600 yards and 31 touchdowns.


**South Panola extended its winning streak to six games last Friday in its 42-14 win over Jackson Murrah. The Tigers upped their record to 9-3 and have outscored their last five opponents 226-56. They will play at 10-2 Madison Central tonight in the second round of the playoffs.

Temario Strong led the way with a sack, forced fumble, two recovered fumbles, and blocked a punt for a special teams touchdown in the contest. Strong now has 53 tackles, 21 for loss, four sacks, five batted down balls, two forced fumbles, four recovered fumbles, and two blocked punts on the season.

Issac Gross had six solo tackles and a sack in the contest. The Under Armour All-American now has 61 tackles, eight sacks, 23 for loss, three forced fumbles, and one interception for a 72-yard touchdown on the season.

On the offensive side of the ball junior athlete Antonio Conner stole the show once again. He had 11 rushes for 167 yards and three touchdowns. He has rushed for over 900 yards and 15 touchdowns in the last five games of action. This brings his season total to 1,419 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.

Mike Hilton
Mike Hilton

**Nationally ranked Sandy Creek (Ga.) saw its winning streak increase to 40 games after beating Butler 55-12 in the opening round of the playoffs last Friday. Mike Hilton, an Ole Miss commit who starts both ways (RB/S) for Sandy Creek, rushed for 87 yards and had five tackles on defense.'s No. 74 rated running back helped Sandy Creek to a state championship last season with 87 carries for 720 yards and 12 touchdowns. Hilton made an even bigger impact on defense manning the safety position. He racked up 70 tackles , nine interceptions and 11 passes broken up.

Nationally ranked Sandy Creek faces Troupe in their second round of the playoffs tonight.

**Memphis Ridgeway defeated Dyer County 48-12 in the second round of the playoffs last Friday, moving its record to 9-3, and is riding an eight-game winning streak into tonight's third-round contest against Henry County in the 5A playoffs..

Ridgeway running back and Ole Miss commit Jaylen Walton, led the team with 203 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Dyer County.

He overtook Mathers and now leads the state of Tennessee in rushing with 2,476 yards and 28 touchdowns on the season.'s No. 44 nationally-rated running back rushed for more than 2,200 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior.

**RB Kenno Loyal and Columbia were defeated by Carrollton 28-0 in the opening round of the 3A playoffs. The recent Ole Miss commit had 78 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the game.

Kenno Loyal
Kenno Loyal's No. 56 rated tailback rushed the ball 180 times for 1,108 yards and 11 touchdowns this fall. The Decatur, Ga., native rushed for over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns his junior season.

**West Bolivar beat Bruce 15-14 in the second round of the 2A playoffs last Friday, and is now 11-1 on the season. Ole Miss commit Kailo Moore returned to the field after missing the opening round of the playoffs with a chest injury. He rushed the ball for 138 yards and also passed for a 25-yard touchdown in the nail-biter. This brings his season total to 1,394 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. He rushed for 2,297 yards and 32 touchdowns as a sophomore.

West Bolivar faces Ackerman tonight in the third round of the playoffs.

**Lutcher (La.) continued its hot streak, running its winning streak to 10 games last Friday. Lutcher defeated Benton 48-6 in the opening round of the 4A playoffs. Ole Miss commit Jordan Batiste, a cornerback, led the Bulldog defense with 11 tackles, a sack, and a pass deflection. He now has 90 tackles, four interceptions, 13 batted down balls, and two sacks on the season.

Last season's No. 82 rated cornerback finished with 84 tackles and seven interceptions.

Ben Still
Memphis University School defeated McCallie 38-21 in the second round of the playoffs last Friday. The Owls now stand at 8-2 and face Ensworth in the D-II Class 2A playoffs tonight.

The Owls star right guard is Ole Miss commit Ben Still. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Still is currently rated the No. 43 ranked guard in the country.

**Whiteland and offensive tackle Jake Meador finished the season with a 4-6 record. The 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive lineman finished the regular season with over 40 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack.

Meador is currently rated the No. 68 offensive tackle in the country.

**Battle Ground Academy and its quarterback, C.J. Beathard, saw its season come to an end in the the second round of the playoffs. Battle Ground Academy ended the year 8-3.

Beathard, a quarterback and Ole Miss commitment, finished the year with over 2,400 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season.'s No. 89 ranked quarterback passed for 2,312 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.

**The season is over for Rockbridge (Mo.) and TE Austin Ray . The season came to a close in the second round of the playoffs.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end had 24 receptions for 388 yards and five touchdowns on the year.

Ray is currently ranked the No. 34 TE in the country.

**LB Ike Spearman and Lake Central (Ind.) also saw they year come to an end, finishing with a 8-2 record. The Ole Miss linebacker commit finished the season with 111 tackles and nine sacks.

The 6-foot, 215-pounder is currently ranked as the No. 83 rated OLB in the country.

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