Tomcats host Mcomb in regional opener
By Jody O'Hara
Sep 20, 2012, 11:12
The Stone High football team will look for a measure of revenge when the McComb Tigers invade A.L. May Memorial Stadium Friday.
The Tigers won last season's matchup 13-10 when they scored on their first overtime play.
"They're going to be athletic and they're going to be big," said Tomcats coach Adam Stone. "They always are."
McComb, coached by Malcolm Jones, is 3-0 heading into regional play.
Stone believes the game plan the Tomcats have used to build a 2-1 record can work against the Tigers.
"We're hoping, the way we play football, we can wear them down and outlast them," he said. "We want to protect the football on offense, play good defense and make the big play when we have the opportunity."
Stone has only given up seven points over the last eight quarters and will need the defense to turn it up a notch against a team averaging nearly 27 points-per-game.
The coach is hoping for a big game from safety Justin Evans against a team which puts the ball in the air often.
Evans has had a couple shots at interceptions and Stone thinks he's due.
"They like to pass the ball and they pretty much wing it around," he said. "They send guys downfield and throw it up, so I think Justin will have a good shot at an interception.
"I'd really like to get a defensive touchdown."
McComb does not report it's statistics to Max Preps, the web site which tracks Mississippi High School Activities Association teams performance
When the Tomcats have the ball, they'll rely on what's worked so far.
That involves switching Justin Smith and Clayton Johnson in and out at the quarterback position.
Smith had more than 100 yards in the first two games of the season and Johnson is coming on strong.
"They're both developing into leaders and they work well together," Stone said. "They go out, work hard and don't worry about who gets the credit."
Jaderick Jackson has also been seeing a lot of work at tailback and that's likely to continue Friday.
Stone thinks his players and coaches have an answer for whatever the Tigers bring to Friday['s game.
"We're going to get out there, work hard and play Tomcats football," he said.
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