OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week

Andreus Swanigan
Staff Writer

The Starkville Yellowjackets were in a bind heading into the Class 6A State championship.
They had a bell cow in the form of senior Avery Brown, who had already rushed for over 1,500 yards and had 17 touchdowns, but a knee injury suffered against Madison Central the week before was keeping him from 100 percent.
SHS head coach Ricky Woods would have to turn to a young sophomore, who has had more than a few fumbles in practice and in the games. Andreus Swanigan was in a different zone against Petal, though. He carried the load and was the Jackets’ biggest weapon leading his team to a 27-7 victory and a trophy.
“(Avery) got hurt last week and my little sophomore came in and did a great job,” Woods said. “He’s a really good football player. He’s had ball control problems, but he didn’t have any (Friday).”
For more on Swanigan, see the story by Starkville Daily News high school writer Robbie Faulk in Wednesday's edition.