By Robert Wilson
There aren’t any national records for what Terry’s RJ Hall did Friday night, but it might be one of the few times in national high school history anyone accomplished what he did in Terry’s 41-39 victory over George County.
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The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior wide receiver-defensive back had 291 all-purpose yards and scored six touchdowns, scoring four different ways. Hall returned two kickoffs for TDs of 99 and 82 yards, caught two TDs of 52 and 8 yards, returned an interception for a 34-yard TD, and ran for a 2-yard TD in Terry’s win in the first round of the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs.
For his outstanding performance, Hall has been named the Junction Deli/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Football Player of the Week.
Hall had 181 yards on two kickoff returns, 60 yards on three catches, 34 yards on one interception return, and 16 yards on three carries.
Hall caught a TD pass in the first quarter, returned a kickoff for a TD and ran for a TD in the second quarter, caught a TD pass and interception return for a TD in the third quarter and had a kickoff return for a TD in the fourth quarter. Hall’s last kickoff return gave Terry a 41-32 lead. George County scored to close it to 41-39 late in the fourth quarter but failed on an onside kick and Terry ran out the clock.
Hall has scored 11 TDs this season.
“RJ is a very smart and explosive player,” Terry coach Kris Thigpen said. “Some of the same plays he made at George County, we have seen him make in practice. His practices are what separates him from other players. I’m super proud of the success RJ is having. He isn’t afraid of competition.”
Hall has offers from Coahoma Community College, East Central CC, and Hinds CC.
Hall played at Forest Hill as a freshman and at Copiah Academy as a sophomore and junior. He caught 24 passes for 450 yards and five TDs and had 147 return yards and seven interceptions and helped Copiah to a 10-2 record and the MAIS Class 5A state semifinals last year as a junior.
Hall is the son of Laquanta Lewis. His younger brother, Harlem, is in middle school and his younger sister, Brooklyn, is in elementary school.
Terry, 7-4, plays at West Jones, 11-0, Friday in the quarterfinals of the 6A state playoffs at Soso. West Jones defeated Terry 2-0 in the regular season.
Mississippi Scoreboard selects a football player from Hinds, Madison, or Rankin counties each week. Coaches can nominate a player by text or call to Robert Wilson at 601.506.2276.
2023 POW winners:
Week One: John White, MRA
Week Two: Jacob Clearman, Tri-County Academy
Week Three: Ryan McCall, Madison Central
Week Four: Brayden Bullock, Central Hinds Academy
Week Five: Nate Blount, Brandon
Week Six: John White, MRA
Week Seven: Tyler Arrington, Wingfield
Week Eight: Damarion Snow, Pelahatchie
Week Nine: Ny Johnson, Germantown
Week 10: Baker Craig, Park Place Christian Academy
Week 11: Jay McQueen, Brandon
Week 12: Jaeden Calender, Brandon
Week 13: Kayvion Freeman, Pearl