Jackson Prep bracing for PCS

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Though they are used to playing on the big stage, the Jackson Prep Patriots are not denying the magnitude of Friday night's matchup against Presbyterian Christian.

This will be a matchup between the top two private schools the state has to offer.

"Well I tell you late in the season like this it's very seldom you get really two undefeated teams, 8-0 coming into this game," Patriots coach Ricky Black said. "Of course this game also means a district championship and number one ranking going into the playoffs so we need to be at our best."

Prep has just dominated the head-to-head series against PCS since it started in 2005. The Patriots have also won four consecutive state titles and 22 overall.

Despite this dominance, do not think the Patriots are overlooking the Bobcats.

"I have major respect for their offense," Prep senior wide receiver/defensive back Tate Fowler said. "They're very powerful and they're pretty explosive overall. But I feel like we've prepared really well this week for them and I feel like we'll be ready."

Bringing the power for the PCS offense is senior running back Isaiah Woullard.

"Number twenty-two (Woullard) is really good for them," Fowler said. "So we're going to have to do a lot of gang tackling because he's a really powerful runner. If we just work together as a team we'll be perfect for it."

Added Black,  "We'll we're going to have to make sure that we cut down and really close in those running lanes. He does a very good job of cutting back. Has great speed. He's used to getting about three-hundred yards a game so we need to make sure we cut that down and of course we've got to gang tackle him."

Both Prep and PCS are putting up forty points a game and feature multiple offensive options. So Friday night could be something special. Those able to catch the prime time matchup in Flowood should look out for the running attack both teams feature.

The Patriots' backfield is led by sophomore Jerrion Ealy and senior Jacob Crowley.

"Well there's going to be a lot of opportunities for some big runs and some big plays with the running backs that's in this game," Black said "Both defense have struggled a little bit. Last week we had a little bit of trouble but I think you'll see some very good runs and a lot of offense in this game."