HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Although he checks in at 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, Kyser Booth is making a big impact for Jefferson Davis County.
"He's just really an explosive back," Jaguars head coach Lance Mancuso said. "He makes great decisions. He sees the field extremely well. He's a small guy but I think our offensive line, they get really excited when they know that he's going to get the ball."
The Jaguars are one of the best teams in the state. They continued to show this last week in a 46-7 win over Columbia to improve to 8-1. Booth had 182 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
"The plays coach was calling and the line was blocking good," Booth said when asked to explain his performance. "We just played hard."
Mancuso said Booth's mind is set on one thing when he's carrying the ball.
"He's such a dynamic runner and he gives 110 percent when he gets the ball," he said. "When he gets the ball he thinks about getting into the end zone. That motivates the guys offensively because they know that he's giving such a great effort."
Booth is a huge element on a Jaguars squad with state title aspirations. And he's only a sophomore.
"It feels good," Booth said. Just trying to get better."
Booth shows a passion for the game that bodes well for his football future.
"He wants the football and he's hungry," Mancuso said. "We just hope he continues to build on this and grow and work hard in the off season. We're just excited about his future."
The Jags have won their last five games, showing no signs of a slow adjustment period after Bassfield and Prentiss consolidated to form Jeff Davis.
Two games remain on the Jags' regular season schedule. Then the playoffs arrive, where they will compete for the program's first state title.
"The team has really come together," Mancuso said. "Probably a lot closer than I would have thought because of the younger guys having to step up and so many more people were counted on this year so the biggest thing that I see is the maturity of the football team."
Added Booth, "Everybody plays hard when we need them to. Everybody is just ready to win the state championship for the first time."