Madison Central’s offensive line, including Maurey Bland (second from left) and Jimmy Terry (74) opened big holes for Jaguars’ ball carriers.
Madison Central’s offensive line, including Maurey Bland (second from left) and Jimmy Terry (74) opened big holes for Jaguars’ ball carriers.
By MICHAEL SIMMONS

Madison County Journal

Madison Central will need to build off their momentum from last week's 45-28 victory over Gulfport as they prepare for perennial powerhouse West Monroe (La.) Friday.

West Monroe is a constant contender for the Louisiana State Championship and they boast two national championships. Currently, they have the No. 1 college prospect, offensive lineman Cameron Robinson, who is split on playing for Alabama and LSU next year.

"They're one of the stellar programs in the state of Louisiana," MCHS head coach Bobby Hall said. "The difficult thing about them is they run an offense - the offense that I ran for 30 years that you don't see much of anymore."

West Monroe runs a triple and midline option, under center.

"It's difficult to prepare for that in a week," Hall said. "You've got to be very disciplined to defend that offense. Any one of three people can have the ball at any time."

Hall said his squad is ready, though, and they have been battle-tested the first two games of the season. After losing a nail biter in the season opener to No. 1 Brandon, the Jags annihilated powerhouse Gulfport this past week.

"I thought that we played alright the first half, but really jam-up good the second half," Hall said. "We came out in the second half and hit them in the mouth."

The Jaguar offense was led by junior Trey Smith, who was all over the field - mainly the end zone.

Smith had 242 rushing yards and 91 receiving yards for five touchdowns on the night.

He started early, scoring on a 75-yard reception at the start of the game. Later in the first quarter, he had his first rushing touchdown after pounding it in 22 yards out.

Up 17-14 at halftime, the Jaguar offense came out firing in the second half and the defense continue to stymy efforts to find the end zone.