• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Recap: PCS 28 Jackson Prep 16

Friday night was so much more than just advancing to 9-0 on the season for the PCS Bobcats. It marked the first win over Jackson Prep(8-1, 1-0) in program history. Late in the fourth quarter, when the game was in hand, the PCS side, especially students and fans, were obviously elated.

Inside the picturesque marvel of a high school stadium that is home to the Jackson Prep Patriots, it was the visitors who were celebrating. While it was a victory for the Bobcats this time, there is likely to be a chance for redemption for the Pats in the playoffs.

Speakings firsts, and the playoffs, lets look back for a minute. Coming into the 2015 season PCS had not only never beaten Prep, but they had also yet to beat MRA or Jackson Academy either. Additionally, they had never won a playoff game.

Now, as we stand in present time, each of those feats has bee accomplished capped with a big win on Friday night. Last season the Bobcats secured their first ever win over Jackson Academy, then beat them again for their first playoff victory. Earlier this season they defeated MRA 45-44 in triple overtime.

Two superlatives for the night would have to be the SES Mississippi Player of the Game, Isaiah Woullard, as well as the stifling performance put on by the Bobcat defense.

Woullard opened the door and said hello early in the game with a 76-yard scamper for a score on the second play. He would finish with 30 carries for 228 yards and two scores. He showed his greatness all night pounding the rock at a big, physical defense 30 times. In addition to that he played linebacker until it affected his status on offense. He proved to be the alpha on the field in the week 9 SES Game of the Week.

A Chance Lovertich toucdown strike to Jerrion Ealy with a minute left on the clock, then a failed two-point try, got the Patriots to 16 points. That is still a season low, then you consider the fact that Prep didn’t turn the ball over, and it becomes hard not to appreciate the Bobcats performance. They played hard and when the Pats were willing to hurt themselves, to the tune of 9 penalties for 145 yards, they let them.

At the half PCS led 14-7 and it felt like their game. However, Prep got within four in the third quarter and it remained so into the final period. In the end, though, the Bobcats were ready to finish it off and did just that.

Two players that stood out for Prep were Chance Lovertich and Tate Fowler. The two connected on Prep’s first score via a 14-yard pass. Lovertich would throw another score to Ealy late and amass 117 yards passing. Fowler could be the best all-around athlete the Pats have. He was impressive on offense as pass catcher. On defense he was solid in coverage at corner most of the night. He also brought an edge to the return game with his aggressiveness.

I can hardly imagine viewing a more tense game this season. The scene was perfect. Both fan bases were loud most of the night, the facility was incredible and the game was, too. I also have to think the staff at Jackson Prep for their hospitality. They are very helpful to those that cover their program and they treat you in a first class manner. Much thanks to you guys.

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