Coverage Breakdown: South Panola @ Madison Central
Players to Watch
South Panola Tigers
Patrick Shegog - The 2017 Elite 10 member and MS/AL All-Star Game selection has proven to be one of the top signal callers in the state this season with his ability to hurt you with his arm and legs. This season, he’s thrown for 1,964 yards and rushed for 921 more. He’s accounted for 30 total touchdowns.
John Railey - He is South Panola’s dynamic playmaker on the perimeter with his ability to get open. Railey has caught 36 passes for 557 yards and six touchdowns this season, which the leads the team.
Kanoda Lewis - This big 6’4, 200 pound specimen can create all sorts of matchup nightmares. The junior tight end has caught 32 balls for 490 yards and four touchdowns. He is also a great blocker on the perimeter or lined up on the line of scrimmage.
D’Jordan Strong - The senior veteran can create problems on both sides of the ball, but particularly when lined up at the safety position. He has 30 tackles and earned his first interception of the season last week against DeSoto Central, which resulted in a touchdown.
Robert Hentz - This guy is an absolute wrecking ball on the defensive line. Hentz ranks second on the team with 85 tackles. He has been a normal visitor to the backfield this season with 25 TFLs.
Madison Central Jaguars
Jimmy Holiday - The sophomore phenom has revitalized his offense since becoming the full time starter behind center. He is a dual threat quarterback that has completed 63% of his passes for 665 yards and has thrown for eight TDs.
Cam White - A very versatile and quick player. White averages seven yards a carry with his 121 touches, 880 yards. He has eight rushing tackles on the year. He can also do some good things at safety on defense.
Cedric Beal - He is a human bowling ball at running back, standing at 5’9 and 197 pounds. Beal has carried the ball 129 times for 705 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground. He and Cam White make up a dynamic Jaguar rushing attack.
Truett Bourne - The heart and soul of this Jaguar defense that has proven to be among 6A’s elite. The senior middle linebacker leads the team with 90 tackles, 13 of which were for loss.
Kenneth Ndebele - The senior linebacker has proven to be force on defense this season. He has 50 tackles on the season and also leads the team with six sacks.
Keys to the Game
Can South Panola stay on schedule offensively? This South Panola offense has been great during the regular season with their dangerous passing attack and different ways to effectually run the ball. The Tigers face a defense from Madison Central that is downhill and will get in the backfield in a hurry. The Tigers cant afford to get behind the chains with negative plays and penalties. If South Panola can avoid negative yardage and consistently find ways to move the ball, they should be in good shape.
Can Madison Central establish the run early? The running game has been the backbone of Anthony Hart’s offense all the way back to his days at Lafayette. They have worn out opponents up front on the offensive line and as a result, they get first downs and points. If Madison Central can make a statement early up front, run the ball, and keep South Panola’s offense off the field, they have a good chance of taking the win.
Which team will hit the “home run” plays more often? Both teams have a knack for producing slow drives and eating time off the clock and finishing with points. Both teams also have the athletes to produce explosive plays when needed. Both defenses are smart and fundamentally sound. They don’t give up large, explosive plays. Big plays can change the momentum of the game, and the team that does that the most have a good shot of winning.
Trenches - It comes down to who wins the line of scrimmage. It comes down to the basics of executing blocks, simple as that. The team who dominates up front should win the game