Sessums shows speed, quickness

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Brookhaven Academy junior quarterback Price Sessums had a hugenight as the Cougars roared to a 32-14 win over Amite School Centerlast Friday night in Liberty.

Sessums accounted for five touchdowns, rushing the football fourtimes for 149 yards and scoring three touchdowns. He passed foranother TD and returned a punt 55 yards for the fifth score of thenight.

For his accomplishments, Sessums has been named The DAILYLEADER’S Offensive Player of the Week for the second week of the2005 football season.

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“I’m privileged,” said Sessums about the weekly award.”Hopefully, it won’t be the last.”

Sessums (5-9, 155) scored on runs of 43, 46 and 37-yards. Hereturned a kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown and completed a 24-yardpass to T-Boy Lynch for the other TD.

“Price is very explosive as being able to run the football,”said Brookhaven Academy head coach Ray Ishee. “He is getting morecomfortable running the offense.

“I feel confident Price will continue to get better,” continuedIshee. “He’s a year older, stronger and faster. He has a lot ofspeed and quickness. He throws the ball well.”

When asked about the win over Amite School Center last week,Sessums said the Cougars had to be prepared for anything. Due tothe loss of power in that area from Hurricane Katrina, Ishee andASC coach Greg Walsh were unable to exchange game films.

“We weren’t sure about what to expect,” said Sessums. “We cameout ready for anything.”

Sessums said his first two touchdowns runs came off of the sameoffensive play. “I had good blocking,” explained Sessums. “The bigholes opened up.”

His third running TD came off the option.

Sessums talked about returning the punt.

“I caught the ball on the right side,” said Sessums. “I got acouple of good blocks for big holes. They (ASC) had some misses(tackles).”

Sessums credited Lynch, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound running back, andhis leaping ability for the passing touchdown. “I overthrew him,”stated Sessums. “He jumped and made a good play.”

When asked about his personal play, Sessums said he’s improving.”In the first game (a 27-6 loss to Copiah), I didn’t play good. Wecame back and I played better in the second game,” beating PrentissChristian 35-12.

“I want to thank my offensive line,” added Sessums. “The coachesare calling the right plays.” Andrew Hickman serves as BA’soffensive coordinator.

Sessums was recognized as The DAILY LEADER’s 2004 OffensivePlayer of the Year on the All-Lincoln County Team. He passed for2,232 yards and rushed for 69 yards, accounting for 37touchdowns.

“We can’t let people just key on Price,” added Ishee. “We haveother weapons. We want to run and throw off the pass thisseason.”

Sessums is not a one-sport athlete. He plays basketball,baseball and runs track.

His hobby is playing sports games on his PlayStation.

Sessums said his favorite college football team is the Ole MissRebels. In the National Football League, he follows the New OrleansSaints.