GotW | W5: Thunder & Destruction
This game will feature notable and impressive defensive players all over the field. Not only do both of theses defensive units possess playmakers at multiple spots, but those players literally move all over the field. Both teams pursue the ball well and get there quick.
Once again this season the Meridian defense is one of the most talented in the state. After a slow start in their first two games, they started to right the ship last Friday against Noxubee County.
Junior defensive end Jamond Gordon has been the unit’s headliner, having already tallied 10.5 sacks and another 13 quarterback hurries, this season. Additionally, he’s registered 14 tackles for loss and deflected three passes. The Wildcat D is far from a one-man show, though. There are playmakers at all three levels.
Leviticus Madison and Ziryun Anderson have also been monsters on the d-line. The linebacker group is led by a trio of ferocious tacklers in Xavier Curry, Juleon Selvie and Tyteon Gordon. In the secondary Eli Stringfellow is off to a far start with two interceptions and 10 pass breakups thus far. Kendarius Smith and Alex Ramsey have also added interceptions.
In two of the Jackets’ three wins this season the defense held their opponent to seven points or less, including a 44-7 win over Columbus a week ago. In the little Egg Bowl they surrendered just three touchdowns in a double-overtime win.
Starkville’s D is athletic and quick to the ball. That is represented at each level of the unit, by defensive lineman Jalil Clemons, linebacker Zack Edwards and defensive back Natrone Brooks. Though they are a loaded at each of the three position groups, those three are a representation of what the overall unit is all about.
Getting to the quarterback is the specialty of this defense, a huge benefit considering how critical it is to pressure the quarterback against the Wildcats. Edwards leads the team with three of the Jackets’ 12 sacks thus far, but all in all nine players have recorded at least one sack this season.