"Some people doubted us but we came up here to win another state championship, which we did," said Peters. "I am really proud of the team and I am going to miss the coaches and Bassfield High School, but now I am going on to play for Mississippi State. And, hopefully, we will win a national championship."
Peters had 109 yards rushing during the game, including a 52-yard touchdown run that made the score 48-27 with 7:38 to go in the fourth quarter.
"Coach told me to score because that was the only chance that I was going to get and it was actually my last play in the game," said Peters. "I focused on the outside and saw the green light and I was gone."
The win was Bassfield's third straight state championship but it will actually be Peters fourth.
"It is good to three-peat but this is actually my fourth ring because I was a manager in 2009," said Peters.
Also special to him was being able to win the state championship in the college stadium that he will be playing on next season, Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium, and in front of the Mississippi State football coaches.
"It is real big to play here and play in front of some of the fans, some of the players," said Peters. "I was nervous at first (playing in front of the coaches) because I didn't want to mess up. But overall, it was a good feeling having them watching me. I think they are real proud of me and what I have accomplished."
Bassfield head coach Lance Mancuso talked about how important Peters has been to his program.
"Jamal is that one athlete that comes along once in your career," said Mancuso. "Fortunately, we have had him at Bassfield. He knows what it means to wear the black and gold and be a part of Bassfield. He has not let the success and attention that he has had go to his head. And he has really rallied around his teammates. He has been a leader on and off the field. We are really going to miss him."
While Bassfield will miss Peters, the Mississippi State coaches are looking forward to all that he will bring to the Bulldog program next season.
"Mainly, (the MSU coaches) talk to me about playing on both sides of the ball, at receiver and at safety, maybe put me in a little wildcat formation," said Peters.
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