Coverage Breakdown: Vardaman @ Smithville
Players to Watch: Vardaman Rams Brandon Washington: Washington accounted for all of Vardaman's touchdowns last week vs. West Lowndes, including a rushing touchdown off of a direct snap. Washington leads the region in receiving yards and is athletic, elusive, and a senior leader on this Vardaman team. The Rams's chances of success increase when Washington has a good night. Trae Owen: Owen was listed as a candidate for SES Mississippi's 1A Player of the Year this week and has some numbers to back it up. Owen has 900 passing yards (which is the most by a player in Region 1-1A) and 13 touchdowns on the season. Owen likes to target Washington through the air and will attempt to do so tonight. Deon Johnson: The Vardaman senior is third in Region 1-1A for rushing yards with 624 on the season. Johnson thrives off of dive plays and bowling through opposing defenses. Vardaman will attempt to utilize him in short yardage situations and screen passes. Patrick Pratt: The sophomore Ram DB/RB has three interceptions on the season and twelve on his career. His agility and great hands make him a threat to intercept any pass thrown in his vicinity. On offense, Pratt will likely carry the football around the edge and some up the middle as he looks for open space. Smithville Seminoles Dee Moore: Another candidate for SES Mississippi's 1A Player of the Year, Dee Moore can do it all for the Seminoles. Moore is 2nd in Region 1-1A in rushing yards, total TDs, and total points scored. Smithville likes to give Moore the ball both through handoffs and passes, which they will do tonight. Heath Noe: The senior dual-threat QB can kill defenses with his arm or his legs. Noe has 650 yards passing and 404 yards rushing on the season. If pass protection breaks down or if coverage is tight downfield, Noe has no problem running for yardage. His accurate arm and speed make him a nightmare to defend. Dustin Moffett: Moffett is a frequent target in the Seminole passing game. The junior has 237 receiving yards and 6 total TDs in 2016. Keep an eye out for Moffett on the sidelines catching passes from Noe. Wesley Grier: Another frequent target in the passing game for Smithville is senior Wesley Grier. Grier is the receiving leader for the Seminoles with 300 yards on the season and also sees time at defensive back. Grier is another speedy target who can score in a hurry when in open space. He had two total touchdowns two weeks ago vs. West Lowndes. Keys to the Game: Smithville currently sits atop of Region 1-1A, but the Rams are close behind with only one region loss so far this season. Both offenses have the capability to score quickly and efficiently due to the speed and playmakers on that side of the football. Both defenses will have to step up in a large way in order for its team to be successful. Vardaman will have to contain Smithville's speed from its plethora of playmakers in order for the Rams to have a shot to win tonight. Smithville will try to slow down the Rams's passing attack as well as rushing attacks from Washington, Pratt, and Johnson. These offenses have a history this season of scoring a lot of points, and we could see that again tonight. X Factors: Brandon Washington and Dee Moore These two players are some of the best 1A athletes in the state. Their speed and talent make them vital to their teams' success, and when they have a big night, their teams usually follow suit. Washington leads the region in receiving yards and leads Vardaman in all-purpose yards. Moore leads the Seminoles in rushing yards with 1,195 on the season. Both of these athletes could have huge nights and will be vital in determining the final score of this 1A heavyweight match.