• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Breakdown: 2A Championship

When: Friday, 3:00pm

Bay Springs Bulldogs(12-3)

Last Friday night the Bay Springs Bulldogs did the unthinkable by defeating Bassfield and eliminating them from 2A title contention. That is something that comes as a shock to most Mississippi high school football fans, but the fact that Bay Springs is playing their best football of the season should not. Currently the Bulldogs are riding their longest winning streak of the season at five games. That includes a win over Clarkdale to end the regular season, followed by playoff wins over Scott Central, Amite County, Union and of course, Bassfield.

Defense has been the name of the game for Dan Brady’s bunch this season, as the Bulldogs have allowed just 13 points or less in 10 of their 15 games. That includes shutout victories over Stringer and Mize. Dashawn Crawford and Derrien Lee are the unquestioned leaders of the defensive unit. Crawford leads the team with 85 tackles and is tied for the team lead with five sacks, meanwhile Lee has posted an impressive eight picks on season.

Bay Springs won’t use the pass too often, but why would they when they have two 1,000-yard rushers in seniors Jaylin and Damerious Jones? The running game has produced nearly 270 yards per game, while the Bulldogs pass it for just over 100 yards per game this season.

Calhoun City Wildcats(12-1)

What Perry Liles and Calhoun City have accomplished thus far this season can be called nothing short of dominant. That’s right, and that’s only way to put it when a team in class 2A loses just one game in a season and it comes at the hands of a 4A Houston team that gives other programs in their own classification fits. The three most impressive wins for the Wildcats so far would have to be versus East Webster, West Bolivar and Baldwyn.

There’s no secret about what the Wildcats want to do when they get the football and that’s run, run and then run some more. It stars with quarterback Jojo Gray, who has rushed for over 800 yards and nine scores, and Jessie Nabors, who leads the team with 1,253 yards and 24 scores on the ground. After you will see Keshun Parker, Tyrese Quinn, Treshon Cooper, Anfernee Campbell and others makes plays. Much like the season for Calhoun City, their run game has been absolutely dominant, and there’s really no other way to put it.

Calhoun City enters their 16th game of the season Friday morning averaging 295 yards per game on the ground. Even if you are able to get your points against the Wildcats, and most teams have not, you have an uphill battle keeping up with them. From the offensive line, to the quarterback play, to the team’s overall speed, Calhoun City has the look of a champion.

How The Game Will Be Won

For Calhoun City, the gameplay is simple. Execute. As long as they do that, they have proven their blueprint can help them beat the best of the best. Additionally, they would be best suited to not fall behind. Even though the Wildcats could quickly dissolve a lead with their ground game, it would be a tough situation to be in versus a good defense, without a lot proven so far this season through the air.

In order to pull off a second major upset in as many weeks, Bay Springs is going to have to be very physical at the line of scrimmage. Though Calhoun City is loaded at the skill spots, they usually win games up front, on both sides. The Bulldogs are capable of winning that battle, but they must if they want to take the gold ball back to South Mississippi.

SES Staff Picks:

Webb Lewis-----Calhoun City

John Luke McCord-----Calhoun City

John Macon Gillespie-----Calhoun City

Jared Redding-----Calhoun City

Tucker Italiano-----Calhoun City

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