Mint Hill Featured Athletes Of The Week

Indy QB Justin Little stretches out the football to break the plain of the goal line for a TD. (Photo by Ron Morris)
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Athlete of the Week:

Justin Little: 



The young and talented Indy QB had himself the best game of the season when it counts during the playoffs. In the sophomores first ever high school state playoff game he completed 19 passes on 23 attempts for a completion percentage of .826. He accumulated 360 yards, averaged 18.9 yards per pass completion, 3 touchdowns, with his longest a 54 yarder for a touchdown, and an outstanding 162.6 QB rating. Meanwhile, he contributed 4 carries for 21 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns for a grand total of 381 yards of potent offense.

Overall, in Little’s first full season at the helm he has put up some tremendous numbers while his on the field game management and decision making have improved with each passing game. In 11 games played this season he has 155 completions on 219 attempts for 2492 yards, .708 completion percentage, 226.5 yards per game, 24 TD’s, 6 interceptions, longest gainer 65 yards, QB rating of 133.6. While he has rushed 62 times for 482 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry and 10 TD’s. Combined 2974 yards and 34 touchdowns. He is racking up the statistics and it shows with his on the field performance.

Honorable Mention: 

Joe Moraglia – The senior WR who has been injured during the season has played in 6 games. He has been productive in each game, and he has returned to form just in time. On Friday night he had 4 pass receptions for 114 yards, his longest a nifty 50 yard gainer, and returned a kick-off 23 yards for a total of 137 yards making a significant contribution. He has 12 catches for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns in 6 games played.

Jaylen Springs – Another senior WR contributed 4 catches for 111 yards, and a 60 yard explosive touchdown in the first period putting the Patriots up 7-0. Springs has been a huge target of QB Justin Little all season long. He has been a consistent and dynamic performer for the Patriots this season. He has 35 catches for 599 yards and 6 touchdowns in 10 games.

William Brown – The good size senior TE had 3 big time catches for 75 yards and one touchdown on Friday night. He is like a freight train in the open field punishing the oppositions secondary after the catch. He is also a solid blocking TE making a dependable and consistent contribution weekly. He has accumulated 20 catches for 356 yards with 6 touchdowns in 11 games played.

Emmanuel Teah – The senior workhorse lately for the Patriots turned in another fine performance on Friday night. He carried the football 17 times for 76 yards and 1 touchdown. On the season in 7 games played he has 79 carries for 409 yards and 4 touchdowns.

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