MERIDIAN — Lamar at Jackson Prep
The Lamar has made quick work of its opponents this season, cruising to a 3-0 record to start the season. Tonight, the Raiders expect much more of a battle as Jackson Prep roll into town.
The 2-1 Patriots will definitely hold the advantage in numbers bringing a roster of 91 players into the game. After a Week 1 loss to Oxford High School, Jackson Prep rolled over opponents in its next two games, taking down Copiah Academy 66-8 in Week 1 before taking down Forest 34-7 last week.
“The main thing you got to do is get your players over the name of Jackson Prep,” Lamar head coach Mac Barnes said. “We matchup with the OK. We don’t have many bad matchups. I have every bit of confidence we will come out and play a good game against them.”
While Jackson Prep is averaging 470 yards a game, Barnes said the area he is most concerned with is special teams. Due to their enormous amount of depth, the Patriots are able to use an entirely fresh special teams unit.
“They are really well coached on special teams,” Barnes said. “They can really hurt you there.”
Tonight’s game will be the first of back-to-back challenges for the Raiders as they host Northeast Lauderdale on Sept. 20.
“I like the idea of playing as many good teams as we possibly can,” Barnes said. “It will hopefully get us ready for the playoffs.”
Heidelberg Aca. at Russell
Head coach Nate Ballard and the Russell Christian Academy Warriors are hoping a Week-3 win over Clarkdale is a sign of things to come as Heidelberg Academy comes to town tonight. The Rebels (3-0) are ranked No. 7 in the MAIS 1A rankings.
“They are just a really good football team,” Ballard said. “They have some really good skill players.”
After giving up over 40 points to Patrician Academy and Benton Academy in the first two weeks of the season, the Warriors were able to hold Clarkdale to just 17 points last week. Ballard said he was also encouraged with his teams passing performance, as the Warriors completed eight-of-13 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
“It’s always an exciting to get your first win over a county school,” Ballard said. “The kids know each other, it’s a great environment to play in. It’s just great for our kids to have bragging rights for a year.”
In each of their previous games this season, the Warriors have gone up against bigger, down-hill running teams. This week, Heidelberg will look to bring more of a speed game and try to attack the Warriors on the perimeter.
“Offensively we will have to try and contain their speed,” Ballard said. “On defense, they get after the ball. So, we will have to do a good job of blocking.