GotW | W2: The Breakdown
Players to Watch:
Hiram Wadlington | RB
The senior tailback started 2017 off with a bang. He carried the ball 23 times for 149 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. Look for him to get a lot of touches Friday.
John Reece McClure | QB
The junior quarterback didn't have the best game last week, but he has a lot of talent in that right arm of his. Last week he went 9-19, 93 yards and threw for two touchdowns.
Jaquan Webb | WR
Maybe the fastest man on the field Friday. The speedy wideout caught two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown last week. He is probably the one circled in the Starkville film room for the secondary.
Quentin Wilfawn | LB
The 2017 Elite 10 member picked up right where he left off in 2016 with another monstrous game. Wilfawn racked up 14 tackles with three of them coming in the backfield.
C.J. Terrell | DB
The main leader of that stout Charger secondary had one of the more impressive interceptions of week one football. He had a one handed interception in the corner of the end zone last week to go along with three tackles.
Malik Brown | QB
The junior quarterback can hurt you with his arm and his legs. He went 9-17 for 142 yards and threw two touchdowns against Noxubee County. He has a pair of great targets to throw to as well.
Rodrigues Clark | RB
Clark had an excellent game last week, averaging eight yards a carry. He had 16 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He should have a lot of attention from Oxford’s front seven Friday.
Cameron Gardener | WR
The Mississippi State commit has the hands, the arms, the size, and the physicality of an elite receiver. Last week, he had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Cameron Hinds | WR
On the other side of Gardener, Hinds also had a good showing against the Tigers. The shifty, speedy receiver had three catches for 77 yards and a score through the air.
Corbin Grantham | DB
A sophomore standout, Grantham is his first varsity game had a team high seven tackles to go along with one of Starkville’s two interceptions.
Keys to the Game:
Which team can come out of the gates rolling? Both of these teams accomplished this last week. The Chargers may have only scored seven points in the first half against Vicksburg, but that touchdown was scored a few plays after a turnover early midway through the first quarter. That score set the tone for the rest of the game. The Yellowjackets did pretty much the same, but the game never got close. Starkville used a 23 point first half to essentially put the game away. Whoever sets the tone early should have an edge.
Which team will make fewer mistakes defensively? As advertised yesterday, these two defenses are among 6A’s best, because they are not only physical, but they are smart and have a great football IQ. A busted coverage or blown assignment could drastically change the game because of how good these two defenses are. One defensive mistake could decide the game’s outcome.
Which team will keep their composure? It is a rivalry game. It is a heavily anticipated game as well. The whole state pretty much is keeping an eye on this game. Both teams should be a little too anxious and ready to get after each other or lose their cool at times, and those come with a price of yards. Penalties can be disastrous too. Whoever settles in and gets the jitters out earlier should play with a lot more confidence and win the game ultimately.
Turnovers - This game is seen by some as a defensive slugfest. That’s not exactly say that offense can have no part of this game. It can mean that defensive turnovers could cost one’s team to win. Turnover margin will be huge in this game.