The huge honor, and first of its kind, goes to South Jones junior quarterback John Mitchell.
Mitchell, who completed 8-of-11 passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns, led the band of Braves to a 36-0 whipping of Sumrall last Friday night in Week 1 of the 2017 season.
"It was a good way to start off the season," said South Jones head football coach Cory Reynolds. "Mitchell threw a touchdown pass early [in the game], and that got the ball rolling for us."
"We took what the defense gave us," added Reynolds. "Some of them were longer passes, and some of them were shorter passes. Mitchell is a lot better at seeing things and reading defenses. He also gets the ball out of his hand quicker than he did last year."
Mitchell agrees with the assessment.
“When it comes to reading defenses, last year it was a lot of guessing on my part,” said the 6-foot-4 QB. “This year I can already tell before the snap most of the time. That’s good to be able to do [in this game].”
It was his third-best outing of his career in yards tossed and best in touchdowns scored.
"Our defense got after it early, and we knew we had to match their intensity," said Mitchell. "Our offensive line blocked well upfront, and our receivers made catches. So the credit goes to all 11 guys on offense."