Coverage Breakdown: Southaven @ Oxford
Players to Watch:
Micah Chillers - The junior signal caller and former baseball is the next dual threat QB to come out of Southaven. He is starting in his first season.
Jules Holley - Holley is just an all-in-all good athlete. He plays a big role in the Southaven offense at receiver and occasionally behind center at quarterback in the wildcat.
Kendarrious Reed - One of two talented linebackers in this Southaven defense. Standing at 6-1 and weighing 210 pounds, Reed is primarily a run stopper, plugging holes and flying to the football.
Jaylen Posey - In the middle of that Southaven front seven at middle linebacker. Posey is another physical specimen.
Mario Boyland - The senior is a leader in that Southaven secondary. He is a excellent cover corner who sticks to a receiver like glue.
John Reece McClure - Over the past few weeks, we saw a dual-QB system in Oxford’s offense. As of late, it has been McClure taking the most snaps. The junior had one TD toss last week.
DeDe Pegues - The junior has proven to be a reliable target for Oxford. He has two touchdowns on the year, one of which came last week against Pontotoc.
J.J. Pegues - This sophomore phenom can do it all on offense, he’s played tight end, receiver, running back, and occasionally at wildcat QB. The big guy has two TDs receiving this year.
Quentin Wilfawn - The 2017 Elite 10 member is among the state’s leading tacklers at linebacker. He has 10+ tackles in all five games this year and leads the team with 11 TFLs.
Damarion Parham - Parham is one of those players who have really emerged in their senior season. He has broken up 18 passes this year as well as an interception.
Keys to the Game:
Can Oxford find balance offensively? Some games, Oxford ran the ball well and couldn’t get anything going in the passing game. Some games, it was the other way around. Going into 6A ball, Oxford needs to start making other defenses pick their poison. Their region opener is a good time to establish that for future opponents.
Can Southaven get off to a hot start? Southaven has been plagued with slow starts this season for the most part. It will be important to score early against this Oxford defense to put the pressure on Oxford and make them play from behind. If Southaven can hit Oxford in the mouth early, they have a shot.
Which team can limit defensive errors? Both defenses from Southaven and Oxford are fundamentally sound and have talented players. Coverage busts and missed tackles are not normal for these two teams, but if one of these teams fail to do their assignment, it will make a huge difference in the outcome of this game.
Turnovers - This nearly shot Oxford in the foot a year ago when these two teams faced off in Southaven. Oxford turned the ball over three times, two of them were pick-sixes, that is 14 points that Oxford gave Southaven and it nearly cost them the game. Oxford has to rely on a furious second half comeback to win that game. The team that turns the ball over the most may not be as fortunate as Oxford was last year to win. It should decide the outcome in this game.