GotW | W1: Let's Light Up The Scoreboard
Any way you slice it, this week one matchup is going to be fun to watch. Everyone knows about the talent returning for both of these defensive units, however, there are a few offensive playmakers still looking to make a name for themselves this season.
Let’s start with the visiting Wildcats. Last season Tee Adams split time with Eddie Brown at quarterback. This season Adams will be the guy, and he appears poised to make a statement.
This past weekend in scrimmage action against Greenwood the rising junior signal caller completed all 12 of his pass attempts for 252 yards and three scores. Last season he threw for 1,103 yards and nine touchdowns.
Adams will also be counted on in the running game, alongside rising senior JaQuaris Dean. Adams’s 414 rushing yards and six rushing scores leads among returning players. Dean totaled 375 yards and four touchdowns on the ground a season ago, while averaging an impressive 5.2 yards per carry.
Additionally, Dean hauled in 12 passes for 144 yards and a score last season. Curt Martin looks ready to take over as the team’s go-to wideout after finishing second to his brother Mack in 2016 with 586 receiving yards and four scores.
For the Golden Wave, continuity could be key. Stephon McGlaun and Jaquerrious Williams will anchor a host of returning playmakers on the offensive side. Plus, Cody Stubblefield is hoping to build on the momentum his unit generated in his first year as offensive coordinator.
In 2016 the Wave averaged over 340 yards of total offense per game, with 220 coming on the ground. J-Rock Williams - the 2016 SES PrimeTime award recipient - tallied over 1,100 yards with 13 touchdowns. Williams, a junior, should again lead the rushing attack again this season with his punishing yet elusive style.
Quarterback, backfield mate and fellow junior McGlaun will also lend a heavy hand in the running game, as well. Standing 6’2 and 230 pounds, he should be able to reproduce or even better his 446 yards and seven touchdowns from a year ago.
Though McGlaun was the primary starter a season ago, he still split snaps with Ray Sandroni. This season all the meaningful snaps will be his. That should allow him to better his 1,105 yards and 11 scores through the air from 2016, as well. Last season McGlaun proved he has both the arm strength and the steadiness to guide an offense.
A talented and shifty group of receivers will only help their quarterback’s cause. Jordan Jernigan has picked up offers from both in-state SEC schools this offseason and is a bonafide go-to receiver.
Fabian Perry will provide height on the edge, but the Golden Wave will feature a host of talented inside receivers this season. That includes the likes of Sirmarcus Evans, Peyton Puckett and others. Williams will also be split out of the backfield frequently due to his ability to as a pass catcher.
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