Early season success gives hope for seven peat

From Issue 2

Junior Matt Jones dragging a St. Joe defender to gain extra yardage. Photo by Madeline Claire Hughes

Flowood, MS — Jackson Prep is five games into a long season, and so far they are rolling. The Patriots are undefeated and have won every game by a wide margin. Prep opened up the season on the road and won 51-0 in a game in which they scored almost all of their points in the first half. To some that may seem like a ridiculous margin, however, to Patriot fans that has become just another Friday night. 

In week two, Prep returned home and faced Washington school. The Patriots jumped on the Washington Generals early, scoring 20 points in the first quarter, and adding another 14 in the second. The scoring did slow down in the second half, but the damage was already done. Prep’s four-star running back Jerrion Ealy proved to be a star in the game, as he does quite often, rushing for 156 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries. The Patriots defense also proved to be effective as they shut out their opponent for the second straight week, which helped lead the team to a 41-0 win.

In the second week of Patriots homestand, they were supposed to face their first real competition of the season as they played the 3-A public school, Forest High School. However, Forest was without their own four-star athlete, Diwun Black who transferred from the program the week prior, so the contest was not much of a challenge for Prep. Once again Prep had the game out of hand by halftime, and they finished with a 45-7 win.

After coming off playing their best opponent so far, the Patriots hit the road again. Prep traveled to Greenwood, Mississippi to face Pillow Academy in what they thought would be an easy test. The 41-0 score does make it seem like another cakewalk for the Patriots, however, the game was much more challenging than the final lets off. Prep was short multiple starters in the game including seniors Adam Norsworthy (athlete) and Carter Stockett (cornerback). Ealy also went down early in the game with an elbow injury that kept him out for the remainder of the contest. Early on in the game, the team looked out of sync as an offense, and they had multiple turnovers on downs. The defense also struggled at points, but they made up for it with four interceptions, one of which came from senior cornerback Nick Sanford who was taking over for the injured Carter Stockett. Though the team looked unmotivated, they did get the job done, and they went back to Flowood with another win.

The Patriots defense swarms to tackle a Washington Generals ball carrier. Photo by Madeline Claire Hughes

In week five, Prep went just down the road to Madison, Mississippi to take on the St. Joseph Bruins. The team started slower than usual, but a 14-3 lead after playing one provided enough momentum for the Patriots to get going. Even with Ealy still out with an injury the Patriots still found a way on offense and ended up leading 38-3 at the half. This was in large part due to the efforts of backup running back Matt Jones, who picked up where Ealy left off with 104 rushing yards amd a touchdown on just six carries. Prep didn’t let off the gas in the second half, however, as they finished off the Bruins 59-10. Not only did the game prove to be another successful contest for the Patriots, but it also showed that the team doesn’t skip a beat even when they are plagued by injuries on both sides of the ball.

The Patriots are without a loss so far, but the season is still young and they have many spots to fill with players being out. The team will be back at home this Friday in a conference game against the PCS Bobcats.