• John Macon Gillespie

GoW: Thunder & Destruction

As you would suspect from two undefeated teams, Jackson Prep and PCS have been impressive on defense this season. Both units posses tons of athleticism, in the form of guys who play both sides of the ball. Both teams are solid in the trenches, as well.

That will serve this game well, considering the talent on the offensive side for the Patriots and Bobcats. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a game involving Jerrion Ealy, Chance Lovertich, Isaiah Woullard, Luke Hudson and others, become a shootout. Additionally, both offensive lines have been known to bully their opponents.

Needless to say, this game will give both teams a dose of their own medicine and should be the most physical game eithe club plays all season.

Jackson Prep boasts a defense that has given up seven points or less in six of eight games so far. In the two games the Patriots surrendered more than seven they still won by 13 and 18 points respectively. Additionally, the Pats have registered 21.5 sacks and 10 interceptions.

Jojo Pound, Cooper Carroll, Jake Newsome, Chris Puckett, Andrew Beard, Nevin Well and Peyton Greenwood are just a few of the many defensive standouts for Jackson Preps so far in 2016.

On the other side, PCS hasn’t been as dominant defensively, but they have been more than good enough to hold their own. More importantly, they have come up big when they have been needed most. Against Jackson Academy the Bobcats only mustered 23 points but held the Raiders to just 19 points as they secured a big win on the road.

Four additional highlights for the Bobcats defense this season would have to be: allowing just 14 on the road to Perry Central, shutting out Parklane, surrendering just 7 to Stillman and allowing 30 against Lamar. Yeah, giving up 30 points isn’t always considered a defensive highlight, but holding Davis Harrison and Lamar’s offensive to a lower total than your own is a notable accomplishment.

While both defenses will be challenged to their greatest extremes, by two balanced and high-powered offenses, on Friday night, don’t expect them to break.

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