Coverage Breakdown: Grenada @ Oxford
Players to Watch:
Deon House - The senior running back is one of 5A’s best at the position. House ran for only 54 yards against Tennessee’s Christian Brothers and followed that up with a 154 yard game against Cleveland Central.
Jared Barnes - Barnes is a senior that can make a defense hurt with his arm and his legs. He has 248 yards passing and 77 yards on the ground through the first two games of 2017.
Malik Jones - The safety leads the team in tackles so far with 17 tackles, one of them for loss. The junior is a huge replacement for former E10 member C.J Avery at safety.
Jhamauri Johnson - Johnson is a hard hitting middle linebacker who lists second on the team with 15 tackles so far on the season. He finished last season and one of the top Grenada tacklers as well.
Christian Cain - An absolute ballhawk at defensive back. Cain led the team in picks a year ago and returns to complete a scary Grenada secondary. He has five tackles this season.
Oxford quarterbacks - John Reece McClure has been the go to man at QB for Oxford last season. Last week, McClure was relieved by his backup John Meagher, who sparked the second half comeback against Starkville that fell just short. Oxford very well could use McClure’s rocket arm and Meagher’s shiftiness and legs going forward, even against Grenada.
Hiram Wadlington - The senior running back has had a phenomenal offensive weapon for Oxford this season. Wadlington has 292 total yards and two touchdowns.
Jaquan Webb - The big playmaker at receiver leads the team in receptions and touchdowns so far on the season. He has six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. He also has made some really good plays whether it is catches over the top or yards after the catch.
Quentin Wilfawn - The 2017 Elite 10 member followed up a monstrous performance over Vicksburg with another monstrous game the next week against Starkville, where he got 13 tackles. Wilfawn has 32 tackles on the year.
Damarion Parham - The senior defensive back had a great game last week by breaking up five passes, getting three tackles, and having overall great coverage. He has six tackles and eight pass breakups so far in 2017.
Keys to the Game:
Which team can stop the run defensively? Both teams have phenomenal running backs that can take over the game at any given moment in Hiram Wadlington and Deon House. If one of them gets shut down, then the other team should likely have success defensively and in the game as a whole.
Which team will throw the ball better? As mentioned before, the ground game is a huge part of both team’s offenses so far in the season. Both teams should have a key on that defensively. If a team finds success through the air, it should take the other team out of their defensive game plan and open things up.
Which team will capitalize off turnovers? This was a huge problem for Oxford last week against Starkville. The Chargers forced four turnovers, all of them being fumbles, but their offense couldn't cash in on those golden opportunities. Turnovers can change the game completely, for better or for worse.
Penalties - We’ve seen it time after time, where a team gets rolling and has all the momentum on their side, and penalties extinguish flame sparked by a team. This game should be no exception. Whoever can stay the most clean will have a greater chance of success in this game.