JACKSON – If you’re a fan of great quarterback play, Jackson’s Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium is the place to be this weekend.
In Saturday’s 3 p.m. MHSAA Class 4A state championship game, a nephew of a future NFL Hall of Famer and a promising young talent will lead their team’s offenses.
Dylan Favre, the nephew of Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre, will direct the St. Stanislaus offense against Lafayette County. The record-breaking passer has thrown for 5,090 yards and 60 touchdowns in his senior season.
He has also rushed for 1,198 yards and 16 TDs.
Those numbers are enough to attract Mississippi State and Florida International coaches to Saturday’s game.
“I know they’re going to have coaches there watching us,” said Rock-a-chaws head coach Forrest Williams.
Meanwhile, Lafayette’s signal-caller is a star in the making. Jeremy Liggins is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore quarterback who has thrown for 1,362 yards and 17 TDs, while rushing for 1,419 yards.
“Jeremy’s got a lot of potential,” said Commodores head coach Anthony Hart. “He’s got a lot of abilities. He’s played well for us this year; he’s played hard this year.
“I’m just proud of the ways the kid matured a lot during the course of the season.”
Aberdeen also has a senior QB that has been putting up eye-popping numbers. Aaron Andrews has passed for 2,644 yards and 30 touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs to this year’s Class 3A state championship game.
This is his first season as the starter behind center and he missed some time early because of an injury.
Bulldogs head coach Chris Duncan said Arizona State plans to work him out once the season ends.
But before Andrews can focus on what college he’ll attend, he’ll first have to deal with an undefeated Tylertown (14-0) team on Saturday.
West Point’s Justin Cox has also settled in nicely at the quarterback position this season. The first-year starter has passed for 1,111 yards and 11 TDs, while rushing for 597 yards in leading the Green Wave (13-1) to Saturday night’s Class 5A championship game against Wayne County (11-3).
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Tale of the Tape
A closer look at three Northeast Mississippi quarterbacks playing in Saturday’s MHSAA championship games:
Name School Class Size Comp Att Yds TD Rush Yds Rush TD
– Aaron Andrews Aberdeen Senior 6-1, 190 114 209 2,644 30 361 5
– Justin Cox West Point Junior 5-11, 165 61 121 1,111 11 597 9
– Jeremy Liggins Lafayette Co. Sophomore 6-3, 220 76 158 1,362 17 1,419 15
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