Coverage Breakdown: Hernando @ Oxford
Players to Watch:
Jacob Krumm - The senior signal caller has proven to be among the league’s elite at the position. He has a gun in that right arm of his with accuracy. He has some good targets to throw to as well.
Ladarion Darden - He may be little in size, but not in big play ability. The junior running back has rushed for nearly 1,000 on the season, ranking third in the region in that category.
Dylan Alberson - The senior has the ability to play both ways, but is particularly a dangerous weapon lined up at receiver. He leads the team in both catches, and touchdowns.
Detavious Davis - He was recently named to the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game with his tremendous abilities along the defensive line. He has a big frame to work with at 6’0 and 255 pounds.
Tucker Garrison - The senior is a key playmaker of the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He has made a lot of plays as of late playing receiver with a TD catch against Horn Lake last week.
Hiram Wadlington - The senior running back and team captain should be at full force now with a meniscus injury long behind him. He is averaging six yards a carry this season with 701 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
J.J Pegues - This sophomore phenom can simply do it all. He can play quarterback, running back, receiver, tight end, and more. The big, physical specimen has 421 yards receiving and 162 yards rushing, five touchdowns in all.
Jaquan Webb - Just a freak athlete. He is very fast in the open field and has the ability to make eye popping catches. Even with an injury that sidelined him a couple games, he has 266 yards and two scores, 12 yards a catch.
Quentin Wilfawn - The 2017 Elite 10 member and team captain should have an impressive outing as he has done over and over again this season. He is on pace to break his own school record for tackles in a season with 143 on the season. He ranks third in the state in total tackles.
C.J Terrell - He has been an absolute ballhawk as of late, with four of his five interceptions coming in the last two games against Horn Lake and Columbus. He also has 59 tackles this season.
Keys to the Game:
Can Hernando capitalize off turnovers and penalites? Oxford has turned the ball over quite a bit this season, but penalties have been the story of the season for the Charger offense. There have been a lot of times this season where Oxford caught breaks or got away with turnovers and other mistakes in large part because of the other teams not being able to take advantage of the opportunities given them by Oxford. For Hernando to win this game, they must take advantage of golden opportunities given them by the Chargers. If they can do that, Oxford is in trouble.
Can Oxford play with urgency and handle their emotions? Despite being 3-2 in the region and having a huge win over Horn Lake two weeks ago, the Chargers are on the outside looking in. Losses to South Panola and Southaven have Oxford sitting in fifth place in the region, one spot away from reaching the postseason. They have to take these next two games one at a time, but they have to focus on these stingy Hernando Tigers first before even thinking about traveling to top seeded Tupelo next week. The Chargers do not need to be thinking ahead and let the distractions of the region saga get to them in this game. It is also senior night for the Chargers. A highly touted 2018 might be playing their final game a Bobby Holcomb Field if they playoff picture crops them out at season’s end. They need to keep themselves in check and play 48 minutes of passionate football in this game before anything else.
Which team can handle the elements better? It should rain… more than that, it should absolutely pour. Forecasts have shown this week a 100% chance of rain for this game as well as a lot of games throughout the state. Rainy games typically feature turnovers and just flat out sloppiness. Both coaching staffs have to figure out a way to work their way through the rain and be careful what to do with the football in order to have success.
Mother Nature - As mentioned before, rain is in conversation for many teams throughout the state. A lot of teams even rescheduled their game a day early to avoid this weather coming up. It is hard to do a lot of things with a wet football: ball security, throwing, kicking, and more. Mother Nature should play a big factor in this game.