Coverage Breakdown: PCS @ Jackson Prep
Players to Watch
Jackson Prep Patriots (8-0)
Jerrion Ealy - Ealy is a workhorse. It matters not if he is being handed the rock or having it tossed to him out of the backfield, he just gets it and moves the Patriots down the field. He averages 9.5 yards per carry and 20.8 yards per catch. On the ground he has rushed for over 300 yards with seven scores and through the air he gone for 229 yards with three touchdown receptions.
Chance Lovertich - When the ball isn’t on the ground running through Ealy or Jacob Crawley, Lovertich is making plays through the air. It has been a clean season so far, as he has 11 touchdown tosses with no picks to go along with his 65.1% completion rate. He is efficient when he gets the opportunity and he has playmakers around him that can catch it.
Jacob Crawley - Even with Ealy in the backfield, Crawley has been the leading rusher for the Pats this season. He has 405 yards and seven scores on the ground this season. He averages 8.6 yards per carry, so when he touches it he can take it to the house or to the first down marker.
Peyton Greenwood - Greenwood is Jackson Prep’s best two-way playmaker, in a group of standouts that fit that mold. On offense he has eight catches for 207 yards and four scores, while he has tallied 27 tackles, two interceptions, two pass deflections and a blocked punt.
Nevin Wells - With four interceptions to his name already in 2016, it’s almost a safe bet to say he could get his hands on one to impact this game, as well. He averages 22 yards per interception return, as well, so he can make a play once he gets it. He also has a forced fumble this season. Obviously he has a knack for creating turnovers.
PCS Bobcats (8-0)
Isaiah Woullard - In 2015 Woullard carved up opponents to the tune of 237 yards per game, with 3,085 rushing yards and 30 total touchdowns. While his average is down just slightly to 213 yards per game, he might just end up with more rushing scores and yards this season. Currently he has tallied 1,711 yards and 24 scores on the ground, with an average of 8.6 yards per rush.
Luke Hudson - This game could rest on the shoulders of Hudson if Jackson Prep has their way. Certainly the Pats will be glued in on Woullard, and would prefer to make Hudson beat them. He can do just that. He has thrown for 1,028 yards and 11 scores this season, but is also second on the team with five rushing scores to go with his 114 rushing yards and six yards per carry average.
Rush Stewart - Stewart has proven to be a weapon through the air and on the ground. In fact, his production in both areas is very similar. Thus far he has 247 rushing yards on 8.8 yards per carry with three scores, and he has 244 receiving yards, on an explosive 30.5 yards per catch and four receiving scores. He is capable of making of a play in either area in this big game.
Brandon Thornton - If there is a big play though the air for the Bobcats on Friday night, you can almost bet that it will go to Thornton. His 271 receiving yards leads the team by one yard and he is tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions and 14 catches. Most impressive, however, is his 19.4 yards per catch. He is more than ready to make a big play when given the chance.
Nicholas Martin - Don’t sleep on Martin in the passing game either. His size makes him a mismatch for most defenders that line up across from him. That has been proven in his 14 catches for 270 yards and a score.
Keys to the Game
Which star running back is going to produce more for their team in this game? That could be THE deciding factor in this game.
Which quarterback makes more plays? Both have been effective for their team. Lovertich for Prep or Hudson for PCS both know how to get it done when their number is called.
Who tires out or has the ball last? This game could be back and forth with how similar both teams are. Whichever team has it last or messes up last will probably decide the week 9 Game of the Week.
Luke Hudson, QB, PCS - Hudson is a bit of a dual-threat and I feel like that can help the Bobcats get an edge.