After being a backup running back for the past two seasons, Brandon coach Tyler Peterson moved Elijah Myles to linebacker for his senior season.
Myles has settled into his new home and showed Madison Central how comfortable he is last Friday night.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound inside linebacker had a team-high 13 tackles, including one sack, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery to lead Brandon to a 6-0 victory over previously undefeated Madison Central. It was the first time the Jaguars had been shut out in 75 games, dating back to a 28-0 loss to Starkville in 2014. It was also Brandon’s first win of the season.
For his outstanding performance, Myles has been named the Junction Deli/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Football Player of the Week.
Myles had 22 carries for 126 yards and one touchdown over the past two seasons as a backup running back. But now Myles is one of the starting inside linebackers. He is playing the position occupied by last season by USA Today All-American Zihenryon Perry, who is now playing at Jones County Junior College.
“We’ve found the right spot for Elijah and he has played very well this season,” Peterson said. “He is a solid tackler. Elijah made some big stops for us at the right time Friday night. He is our most dominating linebacker.”
“Elijah is an intelligent kid, football smart,” Brandon defensive coordinator Greg Robinson said. “He is a very athletic player and fast. Elijah is starting to play with more confidence now and we are expecting him to do some really good things. We are replacing nine starters from last year’s team and it has been a challenge. Elijah was excited about the opportunity and ready to show what he can do.”