• John Macon Gillespie

GoW: The Ground Game

This Friday night two familiar foes will square off just as they have year in and year out. More times than people may realize, the regular season matchup is just a preview of a later championship game. It is the battle of the Patriots. It’s Prep and MRA. When they meet, it is always big.

The ground game for each squad has proven to be pivotal thus far this season and two players

are carrying the load.

For Jackson Prep it is sophomore Jerrion Ealy.

Ealy came onto the scene last season. As a freshman, he clipped off at 8.5 yards a carry totaling 896 yards. He also scored a touchdown and an average of every nine carries. The young star also is a threat in the passing game. He tallied 220 receiving yards a season ago.

This season he has been just as productive for the Patriots. His number hasn’t been called as you would expect for a feature back but that is due in large part to the fact the Prep has blown out everyone they have played this season. Ealy’s speed and agility make him a true threat to score on any given play. When he is eating up chunks of yards on the ground, Prep’s passing game opens wide up as well.

For MRA is will be junior Jake Reeves.

Reeves has been the best player for the Patriot offense thus far this season. He has totaled 541 yards with seven scores and done so with limited action due to lopsided games.

Reeves uses a combination of speed, quickness and strength to gap defenses for long runs. He has been a force for the Patriots thus far and, just like with Prep, when Reeves is able to get loose, the passing game opens up and all bets are off.

Both of these young men present serious problems to the opposing defenses. It will not be a matter of can one team’s defense stop the other team’s running game, but rather can they contain it.

**MRA photo by Lou Ann Woidtke.

**Prep photo by Melinda Courtney.

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