• John Macon Gillespie

GotW | W5: Offensive Explosion

The SES Game of the Week will yet again feature two of the most exciting offenses in the state. There are plenty of offensive playmakers on these squads, but keep in mind both teams also feature stingy defenses.

Meridian Wildcats

The schedule has been difficult for the Wildcats in the early going. Following a by in week two, Calvin Harris’s club went on the road to face powerhouse Hoover(AL) and only dropped seven points. However, that is not a good indication of how the offense is going to produce even against the best competition in the Magnolia state.

Quarterback Tee Adams’s best game of the season came in week one against a juggernaut Tupelo defensive unit, as he threw for 326 yards and three scores plus a rushing score. He helped the Cats post 25 second half points against the Wave. Last week versus Noxubee County Adams threw for 202 yards, two scores and caught a touchdown.

Jaquaris Dean has also been a primary playmaker for his team this season, even throwing for a score last week. On the season Dean has caught six passes for 68 yards, and totaled 128 rushing yards on almost 10 yards per carry. Curt Martin and Kendrick Brown have been his most reliable options through the air. The duo have totaled 20 receptions for 384 yards and three scores through the games.

Starkville Yellowjackets

A talented offensive line leads the way for Starkville, who averages over 322 yards per game. The group is headlined by senior Kamron Jones, and posses impressive size even among it’s 6A competition. The Yellowjackets average nearly 190 yards per game on the ground.

Junior quarterback Malik Brown has shined in first-year head coach Chris Jones’s dynamic offensive scheme. Not only has the explosive signal caller tallied 525 yards and seven scores through the air, but he’s also added another 281 yards and two scores on the ground. Though Brown leads the team in rushing, Rodrigues Clark leads the Jackets with three rushing scores. Clark scored twice and rushed for 124 yards in a week two win over Noxubee County. Senior Dre Swanigan has also gone over 200 yards on the season, and has also rushed for two scores.

Brown has relied on a trio of talented targets in the passing game. Cameron Gardner, Cameron Hines and Rufus Harvey have each tallied double-digit receptions, more than 150 receiving yards and at least one score. Gardner is the go-to man due to his 6’5 frame and fluid movement, but Hines and Harvey play huge roles due to defenses keying on Gardner.

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