Coverage Breakdown: Hernando @ Lake Cormorant
Players To Watch
Jacob Krumm | QB
Last Friday night the senior made his first career star, a long-waited mileston for Krumm. Due to a long and disciplined offseason of preparation to be the Tigers’ starter this season he was crisp and poised, guiding his team to a 48-8 victory over Middle College(TN). He is an accurate thrower, a student of the game and an excellent decision-maker.
Dylan Alberson | WR
All offseason Krumm explained to me how deep Hernando’s receiving corps would be this season. In week one, Alberson was the standout of the group. His athleticism should make him a key target all season.
Caimon Nettles | DL
Offenses always have to account for where Nettles is on the other side. His size, athleticism and determination make him an excellent pass rusher off the edge and a nuisance against the run.
Detavius Davis | DL
Davis is the beef up front for the Tigers’ defense. He blew up plenty of plays last week, and will need to bring it again this week against a spectacular rushing attack. Davis possess strength, quickness and explosion, and many of his teammates point to him as one of the most talented players on the squad.
Jon Burt | ATH
One of the more versatile playmakers in all of 6A happens to play all over the field for Hernando. As a sophomore, Burt starred at linebacker, and last season at safety. This season expect him to be all over the field for Hernando defensively. On offense he plays running back, and he scored a touchdown last week.
Ben Rohrbacher | QB
The guy that makes the Gators’ offense go is Ben Rohrbacher. At times he blends in and manages the game, but he’s proven he can go get a win with his arm as well. Six games he threw for 200 yards or more in 2016, including a 400-yard game last October versus Center Hill.
Brian Jackson | RB
His head coach describes him as a beast. That’s exactly what Jackson appeared to be in a season-opening win over Senatobia, as he toted the rock 32 times. He scored twice on the ground and finished the game with 197 yards, good enough for 6.2 yards per carry. Last season he averaged 111 yards per game.
Jalen Jordan | ATH
Jordan is an incredibly athletic two-way player that electrifies with his ability to break off long runs and close on ball carriers in the open field. He’s also dangerous after the catch. In addition to all of that, he even took wildcat snaps at quarterback in the opener. He is a threat in that package in the redzone.
Julian Hawkins | DL
From his defensive end position Hawkins is an absolute monster, giving opposing offenses headaches for a variety of reasons. In game one he tallied 11 tackles, but also deflected a pass, hurried the quarterback three times and recorded 1.5 sacks. He is incredibly strong, as well he moves strong for a man of his size.
Tylan Jones | DL
Similar to Hawkins, Jones is absolute force for Lake Cormorant on the defensive front. However, Jones does his work on the interior and he absolutely blows things up for opponents. There is no question he will have his hand print on this game.
Keys to the Game
Both of these teams take pride in the talent they have on the defensive line. Hernando will have their hands full trying to slow the rushing attack of Lake Cormorant, while LC will have their hands full getting in the face of Jacob Krumm to slow the Tigers’ passing attack.
With two experienced and savvy signal callers on either side of this contest expect both offenses to move in an efficient manner. That could magnify any mistakes made. So who makes the one, or the pivotal one?
Both offensive lines in this game are solid units. Better than that, actually. However, this game will present major challenges, and the unit that meets those better over the course of the game will go a long way towards determining the winner.
Balance. Though Brian Jackson is bound to have a productive night on his home field, Lake Cormorant will be tough to defeat because of how good they can be on the ground and through the air. Additionally, the Gators boast a balanced rushing attack, that has explosive play potential and grind-you-down physicality with Jalen Jordan and Jackson.