LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Northeast Jones junior quarterback James Ayers says there's no better feeling in the world than to "do it big." If that's the case, he must have felt pretty good after he and his tigers defeated the visiting West Lauderdale knights 38-13.
Throughout the season, Ayers has shown his ability as a dual-threat quarterback. Last Friday, Ayers produced 4 touchdowns, three through the air and one rushing, leading his team to a victory. Yet its his ability as a team leader that he put on display afterward.
"It felt good, but the main thing is to get a win for the school, for my community for my family," said Ayers.
The tiger quarterback helped his team over the visiting knights on a night his offense wasn't clicking on all cylinders. The knights out-gained the home tigers 372 to 318 in total yards. Ayers accounted for over half the team's offense, throwing for 173 yards, as well as providing some ground relief.
"James, he's the ultimate team player," praised Northeast Jones head coach Keith Braddock, "He's whatever we need, whether it's run, pass, whatever...He's just a team guy and it's a team award. It's very fitting."
Ayers and the tigers are one of the hottest teams in the area, winning their last six straight outings. The last time they lost was on Aug. 26, when West Jones narrowly defeated the tigers 14-7.
They have three games remaining on their schedule, starting with Northeast Lauderdale, who's lost its last seven straight games. The final two matches for the tigers: at home against 5-3 Quitman, and on the road against division-leading Laurel.
Think Ayers is confident? "If we play as hard as we can every week, we should win," he said.