Coverage Breakdown: North Panola @ Choctaw County
Players to Watch:
K.J Jefferson - He is one of the top offensive juggernauts not just in class 3A, but the entire state of Mississippi. The junior quarterback has had a phenomenal year. He has completed 65% of his passes for 2,646 and has thrown for 33 touchdowns, only three interceptions this season. He also leads his team in rushing with 1,095 yards.
Sylvonta Oliver - The do-it-all athlete can hurt you in so many ways, especially on the edge. Offensively, he has 752 yards rushing and nine scores. Defensively, he is one of the team’s tackling leaders with 76, while adding four interceptions. He is also a dangerous special teams weapon when kicked too.
Jarvis/Jamarvis Echols - The twin brothers and senior receivers are both so identical physically, facially, and athletically. Both stand at about 6’3 and weighing around 195 pounds. They have a combined 1,391 yards receiving and 17 TDs through the air.
Tyler Shorter - He is the ballhawk of this Cougar defense. The junior defensive back ranks second in the state with nine interceptions. He also has 48 total tackles on the year.
Demarco Smith - This guy is one of the most dominant forces in the state along the defensive line. He is a common visitor to the other team’s backfield with 26 sacks this season, which is the most in the state and second most in the country.
Austin Telano - The senior signal caller is the one that makes this Charger offense go in their Wing-T offensive. He has thrown for 973 yards this season and 10 touchdowns this season. He is also a weapon on the ground with 379 yards rushing and 10 more TDs.
Amerious Brown - The Chargers have a lot of run threats at their disposal, but Brown is the main workhorse for this team. He has carried the ball 113 times for 1,126 yards and has ran for 15 scores. He averages a very impressive 10 yards a carry, a first down per carry.
Laterrion McBride - The sophomore standout is another guy that Choctaw County can rely on to get some valuable yardage. He has carried the ball 127 times for 683 years and has scored 12 touchdowns. He is also used a little bit a receiver as well.
Israel Whitmore - He is a tackling machine. The big 6’2, 215 pound specimen is just a sophomore and leads the team with 129 tackles, 10 of which are for a loss. He also has two sacks this season.
Moe Hardin - The senior veteran is a tough matchup on the defensive line with his 5’11, 234 pound frame. He ranks second on the team with 95 tackles and leads the team with nine sacks.
Keys to the Game:
Can North Panola come out of the gates rolling? North Panola is a team that will hit you in the mouth early and take you out of the game early. They’ve done it all season long. North Panola averages 17 points a game in the first 12 minutes. Choctaw County has done a good job at that too this season, but North Panola has been better at it for the most part. North Panola has to continue to do a good job at striking early and often to put themselves in a good position to win.
Can Choctaw County win the line of scrimmage? Choctaw County has worn out opponents all season long up front with their offensive line. Their Wing-T offense has given other teams problems by getting great blocks and allowing their skill players to do the rest. Now they go up against a defensive lineman that has 26 sacks in Demarco Smith and the rest of the Cougar front seven that hasn’t ceased to amaze this season. If the Chargers can blow North Panola off the ball, get some key blocks and keep North Panola off the field, this Choctaw County rushing attack should have a field day and should be in good shape.
Which team will contain the quarterback? Both teams have dual threats behind center in K.J Jefferson and Austin Telano. They both can hurt you on the ground and through the air. They can also be hard to to sack in the pocket when trying to throw the ball. The added dimension of a running quarterback can be hard for opponents to stop most of the time. Whoever keeps the other team’s quarterback in check more should have a good chance at coming away with the W.
Penalties - It is important to stay on schedule offensively and keep the chains moving. Getting behind the chains, especially on the early downs can be devastating for any offense to overcome. It’s no different in this game. The team that can stay cleaner should be more successful.