Prep, MRA Once Again Meet in MAIS Showdown

Quarterback Chance Lovertich.

If you talk about the series lately between Jackson Prep and Madison-Ridgeland Academy its save to say Jackson Prep has dominated the series.

Prep as won the last 11 games, against MRA and will go for 12 in a row when they make the short trip to Madison to face MRA in the all-Patriot matchup.

The last time MRA defeated Jackson Prep was on Nov. 5, 2010 in the semifinals of then the MAIS Class AAA, Division I playoffs at Jackson Prep and the final score was 14-7.

So what’s it got to take for MRA to snap the long losing streak to its cross town rival?

“It’s simple. Got to line up and tackle,” said MRA coach Herbert Davis. “We got to play fast on defense and get out there and tackle in space. That has been one of our top problems against them.”

MRA will try to slow down the Jackson Prep dynamic back field of Jerrian Ealy and Jacob Crawley. Ealy and Crawley lead a rushing attack that is averaging just under 150 yards a game.

“They do a good job of executing on offense and getting there guys out in space,” Davis said. “We got to match their intensity.”

MRA's Saahdiq Charles.
MRA’s Saahdiq Charles.

With all the focus on the Prep running, the passing has been real effective for Prep (4-0) in the first four games this season.

“We’ve been very balanced and we need that to continue,” said Jackson Prep coach Ricky Black, whose now second all-time in career wins at 348. “Chance Lovertich is what makes us go offensively and he has been the most consistent player for us on offense.”

MRA poses some problems offensively for Prep. MRA (4-1) has a big offense line led by LSU commit Saahdiq Charles. Behind that O-Line, MRA has a potent rushing attack with Jake Reeves and William Milam.

“They pose problems for us because they share the ball so well and move the ball around a lot,” Black said. “Defensively we got to try to stop their rhythm and get off the field on third down.”

Also, MRA can spread the ball to several weapons behind sophomore and second year starter Hunter Hulsey.

“We’ve just got do what we do best, and that’s line up and try to smash them in the mouth,” Davis said. “But the bottom line is we’ve got to execute in the red zone. There’s been numerous times where we can get even or take a lead, and we don’t just because we shoot ourselves in the foot with a penalty or turnover. Against Prep that cannot happen.”