Coverage Breakdown: Senatobia @ Lafayette
Players to Watch
Jeff Newson - Newson is a freaky good two-way player who has 16 catches for 214 yards and two scores on offense, and 20 tackles, three interception, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery on defense. There is little chance that Newson does not make his impact felt in this game, whether on offense, defense or both.
Travis Tucker - Though he has faced injury this season, Tucker is one of the most gifted athletes in all of the state. He is already committed to Tulane, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t focused on helping his team reach their goal this season. In fact, he is doing just about anything he can to help his team win. After being a dangerous receiver before, this season he has an interception on defense to go with 25 tackles. He has also punted and kicked off at times.
Brandon Leverson - If the Warriors are going to bring consistent pressure against Will Ard and the Lafayette passing attack, it will likely start with Leverson. Brandon Leverson, that is. He leads the team with four sacks this season, but has also tallied two tackles for loss, 39 tackles and two forced fumbles.
Eddie Leverson - Eddie Leverson is the leading tackler on the team with 46, including six tackles for loss and one sack. Additionally, he has hurried the quarterback three times, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble. He will be all over the field for the Warrior defense and there will be plenty of tackles to be made. No doubt you Leverson’s name will be called often.
Jamarcus Quarles - Replacing Tyrell Price seemed like a near impossible task for the Commodores. However, Quarles has stepped in nice this season, having rushed for 1,396 yards and 11 scores so far this season. He averages nearly 175 of the Dores’ 232 yards per game on the ground.
Brandon Turnage - Recently named a sophomore to watch in Mississippi, Turnage has only gotten better. He has eight catches for 172 yards - 21.5 yards per catch - and three scores. Defensively he has accumulated 38 tackles, five interceptions- one returned for a score - four pass deflections and a forced fumble.
Xavier Martin - Martin is tied for the team lead with five pass deflections and second behind Turnage with four interceptions on the season, to go along with his 53 tackles. He has also chipped in on offense to the tune of five catches for 54 yards. His impact will be felt in this game, but will it be cause of a big catch, a turnover or making a big tackle? Only Friday night will be able to show us.
Cory Williams - Williams has been absolutely disruptive to opposing offenses this season. His 16 tackles for loss and five sacks prove that, but most impressive is the fact he’s recorded at TFL in seven of eight games this season and multiple TFLs in four of eight. He also boasts 80 tackles, good for 10 per game, which is hard to do as a defensive lineman.
Amani Johnson - Johnson has not been as disruptive or productive as Williams in the tackles category. He has 61 tackles, six tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and four sacks this season. However, he has been in the right spot at the right time a bit more often. Not only has Johnson forced a fumble this season, but he has also recovered three.
Keys to the Game
Momentum likely plays a hand in this result, as Lafayette has won six straight and Senatobia has dropped two of three coming in.
Which quarterback gets it going? Both QBs could stand to play better, but which answers that call best in this game? Could decide the outcome.
Both teams like to create a turnovers. So which team gives it up, or which team takes it away, the most? That will certainly help to determine who wins this game.
It’s hard not to like Turnage as a game-changer in any contest he steps on the field for. He is so dangerous to put the ball around for defenses and for offenses. It would be hard to believe that he doesn’t make a big catch or interception in this game.