Sophomore Sessums excites BA’s offense

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Sophomore quarterback Price Sessums is heading a youth movementat Brookhaven Academy. Sessums, at 5-9 and 150 pounds, had helpedlead the Cougars to wins in their first two games of the 2004football season.

Last Friday, Sessums completed 10-of-12 passes for 284 yards and4 touchdowns as Brookhaven dumped Prentiss Christian School 47-8 atCougar Field.

For his accomplishments, Sessums has been named The DAILYLEADER’S Offensive Player of the Week for the opening week of thefootball season.

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In the win over Copiah two weeks ago, Sessums completed 9-of-18passes for 143 yards and 1 touchdown. He rushed the football 21times for 184 yards and 3 TDs.

“Price is exciting,” said Brookhaven Academy head coach RayIshee.” He’s excited about playing. He has the physical skills thatmakes him exciting to watch. He can throw the ball well and run theball well.”

He’s fun to have on the football team,” added Ishee. “The guysaround him get excited about his talent.”

Sessums is happy with the two wins. He feels the team is gettingbetter each week.

“We executed real good,” said Sessums about the win overPrentiss Christian. “The line stepped it up last week. The coachescalled plays at the right spots. I didn’t have to run. Everybodywas doing their job.”

Sessums is working on making the adjustment from junior high tohigh school. “I am getting more confident. All of the seniors havegiven me encouragement. They haven’t made me nervous.”

Those experienced seniors have helped Sessums adjust to highschool football.

“My backs and wide-outs are experienced,” explained Sessums.”They’re responsible for my success. Stewart Sessums (Price’s olderbrother) has caught the ball well.”

Sessums talked about the offensive line. “We have a young line.They have been doing good. Cameron Achord and Trey Allred are theseniors and they alternate at center. “

Sessums got great experience playing junior high football underBarry Gray. “He encouraged me,” smiled Sessums. “He didn’t let youget down on yourself.

“We had a big offensive team last year,” continued Sessums. “Ihad a lot of protection last year. That prepared me for bigger andbetter things in high school.”

Sessums has proved to be a good thrower and quick runner. Hesays he has worked hard on his passing game.

“Last year in junior high, I didn’t throw much,” stated Sessums.”I scrambled a lot. Over the spring and summer, I practicedthrowing a lot. I’ve improved with my throwing.”

Sessums feels his best attribute now is his speed.

“My legs are my strong point,” said Sessums. “I still have roomto improve. I’m getting better. I get a lot of help from myteammates.”

During his last year in junior high, Sessums played in mostsports including football, basketball, baseball and track. Sessumsexpects to play varsity basketball and run track again.

Sessums said his favorite class is a computer class called PowerPoint Progress. In his free time, he likes video games thatchallenge him.

Sessums knows Bowling Green and the other teams will bring bigchallenges to the Cougars and he wants to be ready.

“I have to thank the whole team,” added Sessums. “We’re 2-0. Wehave some big games coming up.”

Brookhaven visits District 4-AA foe Bowling Green inFranklinton, La. Friday night. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.