Coverage Breakdown: Hattiesburg @ #10 Petal
Players To Watch
Fabian Franklin | RB
Franklin was named to the 2017 SES Elite 10 as well as the Belk Ford All-SES Preseason Team. He is one of the most complete running backs in the entire country and is poised to have a monster senior season.
D’andre Humbles | WR
Humbles capitalized last season on the fact that defenses were so worried about Jordan Murphy. He exploded with 47 receptions and 12 scores a year ago. He is now THE guy at wide receiver for the Tigers.
William Robinson | LB
Robinson is a sensational linebacker for the Tigers. He is strong enough to stuff the run and fast enough to lock up with wide receivers in one-on-one coverage. He will be the force leading the Tigers defense all season long.
Jordan Wilson | QB
Wilson had glimpses of greatness a season ago and has now settled in to the QB1 position. HE completed 53 percent of his passes last season for over 1,200 yards and that was in limited action. He returns a strong receiving group and is poised to have a big season for the Panthers.
Natorian Watts | WR
Watts is the Panthers’ veteran wide receiver. He has 68 career receptions for over 1,300 yards. He will use his 6’4” frame and toughness to go up and make the tough catches as he has been doing for the past couple of years.
Nataurean Watts | WR
Thia Watts began his career as a quarterback but last season made the move to wide receiver and hasn’t looked back. He hauled in 59 catches as a junior for the Panthers and will now look to better that in his final season at Petal.
Keys to the Game
Both teams lost something to graduation. The Tigers lost their quarterback and the Panthers their running back. Both players left massive shoes to fill. Look for unknowns to step up and try to fill the void.
Defense wins championships. This is true year in and year out. Last season these two teams combined for 98 points. This season there is still fire power on each offense but it will be the defense that will need to step and grab this W.
Petal’s home field advantage. The Panther fans are as rowdy as they get and it makes for a great game time atmosphere but not so great for opposing teams. Looks for the crowd to help get their team to the finish lin