JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Madison Central’s expecting one thing above all else from Clinton Friday night: speed.
“They’re fast. That’s what we’ve been training for all day today, just them blitzing and coming fast,” said Madison Central’s Westbrooks Ross. “We’ve just got to be ready. We’ve got to be physical like I know we can be.”
“Starting off with Clinton is a hard thing to do,” said head football coach Anthony Hart. “Clinton’s good all over. They’ve got a lot of great offensive players, people we’ve got to account for on every snap, know where they are on the field. And the same way on defense. They’re going to be a fast bunch. It’s going to be fast out there. You’ve got to be ready for it.”
Something else to expect between these two rivals: a lot of talking.
“They’ll talk, we’ll talk, cause we just both want to compete and win,” said Madison Central senior defensive lineman Zach Causey.
The Jags know playoff positioning begins now with their region 2 opener. Looking to start 1-0 in Mississippi high school football’s equivalent to the SEC West.
Hart said, “In our region, it seems like every Friday night is a rivalry.”
“It’s a very tough region,” Causey explained. "Even the games you’re picked to win are going to be close games cause everybody’s just wanting to win, battle real hard. It’s a physical district. Basically, just a lot of good teams.
Ross agreed. "Yeah, we’re in a pretty tough region. But we’ve just got to stay tough, physical, and just no days off. We’ve just got to keep our heads in every single game, every single play, every single practice, and just keep going, keep going, keep going. "
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