GotW | W4: Offensive Explosion
The season is surely flying by, as we now shift our focus to the week 4 Game of the Week. This matchup features offenses that have taken two different paths so far this season. Tupelo has scored 35, 48 and 44 points in their three wins this season, while Brandon has managed 58 points in their past two wins combined after scoring just 10 points in a week 1 loss.
Tupelo Golden Wave
Stephon McGlaun and Jaquerrious Williams have been fantastic in the early going for Tupelo, each averaging more than 84 yards per game on the ground. Williams, who left last Friday’s contest due to injury, practiced Monday and is hopeful to play on Friday night. He averages 107.7 rushing yards per game, and has totaled 323 yards and five scores on the season. McGlaun has rushed for 254 yards and four touchdowns through three games.
The Golden Wave have been efficient through the air, too, as McGlaun has completed 69% of his passes. Jordan Jernigan, Fabian Perry, Peyton Puckett, Sirmarcus Evans and Williams are his main targets. Jernigan is a next-level playmaker, Perry is a tall option outside and the rest of the targets are quick, slot-type pass catchers. Though the Wave have only gone to the air 38 times through thus far, it is an area they have the ability to really hurt opponents with.
There are a host of talented playmakers on the offensive side of the ball for the Bulldogs. Which is a major boost because the defense has yet to surrender more than 10 points in a game this season.
With three starts under his belt, sophomore quarterback Will Rogers is starting to get the hang of things. Last week versus Clinton he was 19 of 24 for 151 yards through the air. He has a host of options to target, as well. Jonathan Mingo is a junior with plenty of attention from big time college programs, and so far in 2017 is averaging 16.3 yards per catch. Bo Whatley, a quick and shifty senior, leads the Dogs with 11 catchers for 137 yards and two of the team’s three touchdown catches on the season. Tight end Reed Tyler is another senior, and he is a major headache for defenses do his height and athleticism.
Javarius Spann leads the way for Brandon in the ground attack. Though the senior has yet to tote it more than 12 times in a game, he has already totaled two scores and 173 yards, on 6.4 yards per carry. He rushed for 109 against South Panola in week two. He is aided in the backfield by fellow senior Milton Bronson, who is responsible 58 yards and a score.
Defense is likely to control this game, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see conservative offensive gameplans come through for both sides. However, with so many talented and explosive players on both offensive units, expect big plays to also play a major role in the outcome.
**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.