It would appear to be a down year for high school football power Pearl.
The Pirates, who invade A.L. May Memorial Stadium Friday, are 3-3 overall and 1-1 in Region 3-5A.
Coach John Perry’s team averages just a little less than 20 points-per-game while the defense allows 17.5.
Pearl beat South Jones 34-7 in regional play, one week after suffering a 41-12 shellacking at the hands of the Wayne County War Eagles.
Stone is coming off a humbling 34-0 loss to the West Jones Mustangs and coach Adam Stone said his players need to put last week behind them and focus on a win against the Pirates.
“They’re going to be tough, athletic and well-coached,” he said. “This week is no different from any other; we need to concentrate on the task at hand, work hard and try to come away with a win.”
Senior quarterback Michael Roberson has thrown for 771 yards and five touchdowns but has also been intercepted eight times. He’s also fumbled the ball five times and lost each one.
Senior wide receiver Tre Harvey is by far Roberson’s favorite target and is averaging more than 18 yards-per-catch.
Sophomore running back Jordan Wright is averaging nearly 89 yards-per-game.
Junior linebacker Johan Marin averages 10 tackles-per-game.
The Pearl defense doesn’t seem to penetrate much and has made just seven sacks this season.
With a defense which gives a lot, the Stone offense may well be able to accumulate some yardage.
Fans can expect to see the regular veer formation with either Justin Smith or Clayton Johnson at quarterback with JaDerick Jackson or Tavarus Fairley lining up behind the signal caller.
Stone stands by the position he’s held all year, that hard work and effort will wear down an opponent and allow the Tomcats to take advantage of the fatigue.
Any Tomcats back from last season should have a desire for revenge, considering the 49-0 drubbing they suffered when they traveled to Pearl.