Jackson Prep gears up for a high-scoring matchup Friday
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:00 PM
By MICHAEL SIMMONS
Madison County Journal
Jackson Prep (1-1) is busy preparing to host Forest High School (1-1) on Friday in what may become an offensive outing for both teams.
Forest High has scored 92 points in its first two games and Prep has score 86 in its first two.
Forest won their season opener 57-21 against Morton but lost last week 42-35 to Magee.
"They're a very good test for us," Prep head coach Ricky Black said. "They really present a problem for us. They always have very good skill players, so we've got to make tackles. We've got to be very good with our tackling."
Black said the Bearcats are very good when it comes to running the ball.
In their matchup against Morton, Forest ran for a total of 411 yards and passed for another 141.
Two running backs, junior Mike Daniles and senior Jaylon Lofton had over 130 rushing yards each. Senior quarterback Chris Mazique had 94 yards in that outing.
Mazique also completed 4-9 passes for a touchdown.
Against Magee, Forest was held to only 215 rushing yards on the night. Daniels was held to 59 yards, but Lofton had 108. The Magee defensive front limited Mazique to only nine rushing yards on the night. He also only went 8-23 passing for 159 yards and three interceptions.
If the Prep offense is able to put pressure on Mazique, they may be able to force turnovers and stay in control throughout the night.
As far as offensive strategy for Prep, Black said he hopes they will be able to throw the ball against Forest.
Last week, the Patriots destroyed Copiah Academy 66-8 in an offensive onslaught.
The team had great field position throughout the entire game, started every drive outside the 45-yard line.
"When you tie a short field to a team, good things happen on offense," Black said.