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DB Tiquan Lang – His Lowndes(GA) team defeated Newton 31-0, holding them to 72 yards of offense, only nine in the second half. Lang opened the game with a sixty yard kickoff return to the Newton 18, leading to his team’s first touchdown. He was also involved in the second Lowndes TD when he recovered a fumble on the ensuing series.
DB Terrell Pinson – Itawamba CC defeated SW Mississippi CC 21-10 as they begin the season 2-0. Pinson had six tackles and a pass break up and also caught a pass for a two-point conversion.
RB Xavier Johnson – The occasional USA commit’s team did not play this week.
WR/TE Caleb Hayman - Hayman caught a 71-yard pass as the Gainesville Red Elephants upset Georgia high school superpower Buford 19-15.
WR Dejon Funderburk – Milton High School defeated Rutherford 31-3 as Funderburk contributed with an acrobatic 36-yard touchdown catch.
QB Taylor Lamb – Lamb accounted for four TD’s, including runs of one and 25 yards as Calhoun (GA) outlasted Dalton 56-41.
RB Justin Jones – In Week One, Jones rushed 18 times for 83 yards and a TD and caught three passes for 23 yards in NE Mississippi’s 33-14 loss to Copiah Lincoln CC. In the 9/8 against Jones County CC he rushed for 102 yards on 27 carries, returned a kick 21 yards and caught three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown.
S Roman Buchanan – Buchanan played RB and DB in a 27-10 win over region foe Montgomery Catholic.
WR Tevaris McCormick – Biloxi beat Long Beach 70-13 as McCormick contributed a 37 yard TD reception.
DT Jacob Chaffin - The Spain Park defense showed up big as they beat defending 6A champion Prattville 27-20.
S Devon Earl – Hoover beat rival Hueytown 45-6.
OT Noah Armstrong – Lawrence County lost 57-0 to powerful Hartselle, mustering only 77 yards of offense.
LB/S Brandon King – King caught two passes for 17 yards as he pulled double duty for Highland CC in a 36-12 loss to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
DE Willie Williams – Williams’ 4A Americus-Sumter team was stunned by Class 1A Dooly County 21-12.
DE Jalen Wells – Dublin fell to 0-2 with a 46-17 loss to Pierce County.
The offense as a whole ran through situational drills, with the 1’s and 2’s each getting a share of the playing field. Wide receivers Bryant Lavender and Cameron Broadnax each looked good today. Corey Besteda made a catch and then quickly broke away from defenders for a touchdown. Tight end Greg Hollinger also made a few very good catches. The offensive line also made strides in pass protection, the most impressive of the day being Drew Dearman.
The defense made several interceptions during individual drills and during 11-on-11 drills. Charles Watson, BJ Scott, EJ May, and Ben Giles each had an interception. Defensive back Tyrell Pearson got the defense and coaches excited when he barreled over tight end Rush Hendricks on his way to making a tackle.
Special teams continue to work on extending their kicking game. Michel Chapuseaux had several kicks that were longer than 45 yards.
The Jags will not hold practice again this week before their scrimmage on Saturday, which will be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and is closed to the public.
The Jags returned to practice on Tuesday morning with only 17 more days until their first game of the season.
The offense struggled throughout 11-on-11 drills. QB Ross Metheny had a few overthrows, and two near interceptions. CJ Bennett looked better controlling the offense. WR’s Bryant Lavender and Cameron Broadnax each had good days, both with diving catches during individual drills. TE Rush Hendricks even added in a diving catch that fired up the coaching staff.
The defense caused all kinds of problems during drills today. DL Will Thompson recovered a fumble for a touchdown after a running back lost it in a pile. DB’s Jonathan Cameron and Darrius Marrow each had a few pass breakups. LB Clifton Crews had a breakup as well.
Special teams worked on long snapping and long distance field goals. Many that were kicked were in the 48+ yard range.
Coach Jones was preaching consistency today, but the offense fell short of achieving that goal. Hopefully they can improve upon that tomorrow.
On offense, CJ Bennett and Ross Metheny had a good day finding open receivers. WRs TJ Glover and Cameron Broadnax made impressive catches. Jereme Jones added a one handed touchdown catch to the mix. Running backs Brandon Ross and Kendall Houston looked good during individual drills. The offensive line also had a good day, only allowing two sacks during 11-on-11 drills.
The defense had a few hiccups, leaving open receivers during the pass skeleton. Safety Charles Harris broke up two passes to lead the defensive backs. Defensive linemen Lucas Melo and Montavious Williams showed off their strength on the sleds, with the two combining to nearly flip one over. Safety BJ Scott has been very vocal during practices, something that lacked in years past.
Special teams worked extensively on long snapping, an aspect of the special teams that has lacked so far during the fall camp.
The players were not worked too hard and given several breaks, which kept the tempo fast for the majority of practice. The Jags will continue practice tomorrow morning at 7:15am.