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See the best in state, nation on the field Friday night

St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan throws the ball while being pressured by Biloxi’s Skyler Talavera during the 2016 Shrimp Bowl in Biloxi in August.
St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan throws the ball while being pressured by Biloxi’s Skyler Talavera during the 2016 Shrimp Bowl in Biloxi in August. amccoy@sunherald.com

What a week for a high school football game.

The weather will be near perfect. The forecast promises temperatures in the mid- to low 70s. The chance of rain is next to zero.

The only heat will be coming from the field, where you can catch some of the nation’s best players.

If you’re at Dantzler Stadium in Moss Point on Friday, don’t blink or you might miss East Central’s Tony Brown, the nation’s leading rusher with 1,687 yards — 140 more than his nearest competitor.

A 3,000-yard season is a possibility.

He’s quite a story. He didn’t care for football when he arrived from New York City but the students at the Hurley high school wore him down.

“Coming from New York, I was always a little wimpy kid,” Brown told the Sun Herald’s Patrick Magee. “I came down here and I got tougher and tougher.”

Five years of football have transformed that wimp.

“He’s wicked strong,” teammate and tackle Conner Estes said. “He lifts as much as we do and he’s only 170 pounds. I knew he would be elusive as far as the open field, bringing something we didn’t have last year. I knew he’d hit the hole hard because that wasn’t going to be an option if he wanted to play. Once he gets to that second level everybody sees his breakaway speed.”

See this game and you’ll likely be talking about it for years.

A little to the west in Jackson County, St. Stanislaus will take on Vancleave. There you will see Myles Brennan, Mississippi’s career passing leader with 12,801 yards.

That’s right. He has had the best career passing in a state that brought us Charlie Conerly, Archie Manning, Brett Favre and Steve McNair.

And Brennan isn’t leading South Mississippi passers this year. LaRaymond Spivery of George County, which plays at Gulfport, has 2,061 yards. Wayne Overman of St. Martin, which plays at Hancock, has 1,696 and Brennan has 1,648.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go to a game.

The editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists and cartoonists are their own.

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