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FreshmanReginald Bennett(Amite, La., Amite High School)had an interception against Huntingdon and he and sophomoreDAndre Coleman(Lake Worth, Fla., Kentucky Christian University)are tied for second on the team with 11 tackles.
LAKE WALES, Fla. — The Mississippi College football team will hit the road for the first time in 2013 when they travel to play Webber International at Legion Field on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 2:00 p.m. Central.
The senior wide receiver tandem ofAlex Archer(Shreveport, La., C.E. Byrd High School)andRandal Pharr(Memphis, Tenn., Christian Brothers High School)had big games against Huntingdon and are the teams leading receivers heading into the third game of the season. Archer caught five passes for 89 yards, while Pharr had four receptions for 44 yards. JuniorJaime Harris(Frisco, Texas, Ouachita Baptist University)was excellent in the open field against Huntingdon, catching three balls for 65 yards. Sophomore tight endJustin Sones(Flora, Miss., Tri-County Academy)caught his second career touchdown pass against Huntingdon two weeks ago.
The Warriors have completed passes to seven different receivers this season, but only four have made more than one reception. Mitch Choquette leads the team with 12 catches for 234 yards and a touchdown. He had a season-high five catches for 96 yards against Union. Larry Jackson-Hart is second on the team with 11 catches for 195 yards, while tight end Corey Jackson has seven catches for 101 yards and three touchdowns.
3.Win the battle up front.A lot of the Choctaws problems in the 0-2 start can be solved at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
LAST MEETING: MC def. Webber International 31-24 on September 8, 2012 (Box Score)
SophomoreStacey Dillard(McKinney, Texas, Princeton High School)earned his second career start last time out and completed 16-of-22 passes for 207 and a touchdown against Huntingdon. The McKinney, Texas native got the start after opening-week starterJonathon Redd(Mobile, Ala., Mobile Christian)was injured following the Millsaps game. Redd is back on the active roster this week heading to Florida.
The Choctaws scored three defensive touchdowns and completed a 77-yard touchdown pass with 1:19 remaining to pick up the 31-24 victory over the Warriors. QuarterbackJonathon Redd(Mobile, Ala., Mobile Christian)threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, whileAlex Archer(Shreveport, La., C.E. Byrd High School)caught seven passes for 153 yards and the long score.Josh Williams(Tyler, Texas, Robert E. Lee High School)andJoseph Comeauxeach had fumble returns for touchdowns, whlieStephen Minerreturned an interception for a score.
4.Take some shots.The Warriors gave up 264 yards passing in the 2012 match-up, including a 77 yard pass touchdown fromJonathon ReddtoAlex Archerin the final minutes.
The Warrior defense has allowed 126 rushing yards and 230 passing yards per game, opening up the possibility for MC to have a successful week. Webber has allowed five touchdowns through the air and four touchdowns on the ground through their first four games.
Ward leads a young defensive front that has five freshman, one sophomore, one junior and one senior on it. JuniorJosh Williams(Tyler, Texas, Robert E. Lee High School)is a regular up front having started 21 of his 22 career games in the blue and gold. In the opening game of the season against Millsaps, freshmanAshford Ashiofu(Sugar Land, Texas, Kempner High School)had a team-high nine tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Weddle and sophmoreBrooks Villarreal(Spring, Texas, Klein High School)will get the start this weekend for the Choctaws. Villarreal started all 10 games in 2012 and will be back in the lineup against Huntingdon. JuniorBrandon Glass(Atlanta, Ga., Santa Barbara City College)and sophomoreAlexander Greer(Southaven, Miss., University of Tennessee-Martin)will also see time behind the starters.
Tommy Burrellis the chief researcher in the MC Sports Information Department. Each week, he will analyze the upcoming game and give his five keys to victory.
5.Protect the QB.Giving up six sacks for 47 yards in two games for a offense averaging only 14 first downs a game is a large hill to climb. The Choctaws need to start fast and control the tempo.
JuniorMike Johnson(Jackson, Miss., Delta State University)carried the ball 11 times for 49 yards against the Hawks in Week 2, but the Choctaws as a whole rushed for just 68 net yards. On the season, MC is averaging just 89.0 yards per game on the ground. FreshmanDarryl Garner(Zachary, La., Zachary High School)will see significant action against the Warriors after carrying the ball seven times for 20 yards against Huntingdon.
WHEN WEBBER INTERNATIONAL HAS THE BALL…
JuniorJake Weddle(Frisco, Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University)leads the team with 16 tackles through two games. SophomoreDewayne Lewis(Durant, Miss., Northwest Mississippi Community College)had a stellar game against Huntingdon, recording nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. SeniorDoc Ward(Monroe, La., Southeastern Louisiana)had 10 tackles against the Hawks two weeks ago.
In the defensive backfield, seniorsAustin Gray(Hoover, Ala., Bessemer Academy)andDylan Klibert(LaPlace, La., St. Charles Catholic)lead another young group with two freshman starters and five listed on the depth chart. Gray has seven tackles and a pass breakup this season, while Klibert has six tackles, including a tackle for loss.
Up front, nose guard John Dilks leads the way with 19 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack. At 61, 275, Dilks is a good run-stopper and allows the second line to get through and make plays. Defensive end Cody Etze has 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks on the year.
2.Win the turnover battle.The Choctaws are 7th in the ASC with a minus-five in turnover differential. The defense can also help out in this department, having forced just forced one turnover of its own. The Choctaws were a plus-four against the Warriors in the 2012 match-up, including scoring three touchdowns directly off of Warrior turnovers.
Safety Steven Willis leads the team with 47 tackles, including 28 solo stops. The next highest total tackles number is 24 by linebacker Steven Mcpherson. Willis also has two interceptions, 3.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Mcpherson leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss.
Quarterback Billy Pavlock leads the offense as a dual-threat behind center. Last week against Union (KY), Pavlock led the team with nine carries for 54 yards while completing 5-of-7 passing for 94 yards and a touchdown. Cameron Joseph completed 10-of-21 passes for 144 yards and two scores against Union. On the season, Pavlock has thrown for 415 yards and four scores, while Joseph has tossed two touchdowns and 270 yards.
The Choctaw defense has been stout against the pass this season, allowing just 180.5 yards and two touchdowns this season. Opponents are completing 59% of their passes, but MC has been sure tacklers in bringing them down before long gains. The run defense, however, is giving up 253.5 yards per game and have allowed eight rushing touchdowns. Opponents are averaging 4.9 yards per carry this season.
1.Stop the run.The Choctaws took the air out of Warriors last season by stopping the run early and only allowing 2.7 yards per carry the entire game. So far this season the Choctaws are allowing 4.9 yards per carry. Great time for the defense to start flexing its muscles.
Cornerback Ronnie Hardison leads the defensive backfield that has given up .531 completion percentage in 2013. Hardison has 12 tackles and an interception. Safety Daniel Booth has two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
On the outside, juniorJohnathen Berryman(Moss Point, Miss., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)will be joined by freshmanMario Pun(Delray Beach, Fla., Atlantic High School)as the starting corners. Berryman has 10 tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery. Pun is an athletic player that puts immense pressure on the opponents passing game.
The Choctaws have struggled to run the ball this season, but the pass attack has been efficient. MC has rushed for just 178 yards on 65 carries, but they have posted 507 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. The Choctaws need to control possession against the Warriors after having the ball 10 less minutes than the opponent in the first two games. Last season against Webber, MC had the ball for nearly 19 of the 30 minutes in the second and third quarters.
Brendan Deshields leads the team with 161 ruhsing yards on a team-high 52 carries. Zach Day has rushed 37 times for 119 yards in the four games. Pavlock has scored both rushing touchdowns for the Warriors this season.
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