BROOKLYN, MS (WDAM) - He's listed as a full safety, running back and wide receiver, but his contributions this season pretty much stretch across every position. On Friday against Green County, Forrest County Agricultural High School senior Adarius Perkins put that ability on display.
He scored three touchdowns, one through on a big reception and two on the ground. The first came early in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Lukas Dubose executed a perfect play action and let it fly to Perkins, who out-raced two Green County defenders, hauled in the long pass perfectly in stride and crossed the goal line untouched for a 66-yard score.
Perkins wasn't finished. Also in the second quarter, he ran for two touchdowns of 24 and seven-yard runs respectively. In the second half, Perkins displayed his defensive prowess, stepping in front of a Green County pass on the sideline and returning it to wildcat territory.
"It's good because it's something you work for all week," said Perkins, "You keep producing throughout the game, you see the results of what you've been working on, and after the game, you feel good about it."
Perkins must feel pretty good about what he's done, not only last week, but all season. On offense, he's contributed seven touchdowns, two rushing and five receiving. Maybe more impressive, coming into Friday's game, he carried the ball only 20 times and averaged over five yards a carry.
It's the same story on the receiving end. Entering Friday's game with the wildcats, Perkins hauled in 15 catches, and averaged 17.20 yards a catch.
"He's a big play-maker, but he kind of got started off slow," said aggies head coach Larry Dolan, "Everybody's been keying on him this season, but he's kept working hard and now he's progressed to where he's helping on both sides of the ball and special teams.
"Just having that big play-maker, whether he makes a play or not, his presence on the field is known and other teams kind of have to defend him and be aware of where he's at on the field."
Where he and his team is right now is 8-1 on the season, with no losses in league play. The aggies have two games remaining on the regular season slate; against St. Stanislaus and Bay.
But Perkins has plans to play much further beyond that.
When asked what the goal is for the remainder of the season, Perkins responded with, "Play hard, get where we need to be and that's in Jackson."