West Point vs. Noxubee County Preview

By: 
Collin Brister
Sports Writer

Offense

Noxubee County’s offense has struggled throughout the early portion of the season, only scoring more than 21 points one time.
They weren’t able to move the football consistently against Starkville, Meridian or Shannon, but they were able to come out with a victory over Shannon in a defensive slugfest.
Starkville was able to pick apart mismatches on Noxubee’s offensive line and get into their backfield and make plays, only allowing the Tigers to score three points in the contest.
Noxubee looked better on the offensive side of the ball last Saturday when they took on one of the best teams in the state in 6A Meridian.
Noxubee County has played two quarterbacks consistently throughout the season.
Junior Maliek Stallings is 24-55 on the year for 299 yards with three touchdowns.
Senior Armoni Clark is 28-55 through the air for 313 yards and four touchdowns. Each can pull the ball down and run if plays break down.
Noxubee County has done most of their offensive damage thus far this season on the ground. Junior running back Jaqualyn Smith has had a solid year thus far, rushing for 239 yards on 45 carries and a touchdown.
The Tigers are led in receiving by senior wideout Rashad Eades who has 314 yards on 15 catches and five touchdowns on the year. Junior Kyziah Pruitt has 22 catches for 227 yards so far.

Defense

The Tigers have always been known to have a stout defense, and they’ve showed this year they’re a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the football.
They allowed 43 points to Starkville in the opening contest of the year, but dominated Columbus and Shannon on defense, and were solid for most of the game against Meridian.
The Tigers are led on defense by L.E. Clemons who has 37 tackles on the season, including four of them coming for a loss. Terry Jones has six tackles for loss on the season and junior Chokang Brooks has 8.5 tackles for loss thus far in the season along with four sacks.

Analysis

The Green Wave are the better team, but Noxubee’s defensive unit is good enough to keep them in the game if West Point doesn’t start out well on the offensive end.
West Point’s defense should dominate the contest and dictate the action, and if the Green Wave can avoid letting big plays happen in the secondary, they’ll likely come out with a 4-0 record Friday night.

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