Coming off a heartbreaking 14-7 loss to Winder-Barrow where the Jaguars fumbled on a potential game-winning drive, the Cedar Shoals Jaguars will travel to Evans, GA to take on the Greenbrier Wolfpack Friday night.
Greenbrier lost 7-3 in its first game against Statesboro High School, struggling to move the ball on the ground. Wolfpack running back Jaden Smith carried for 33 yards over 9 carries in the Wolfpacks’ first game, followed by Anthony Urbizo with 19 yards and 15 carries.
MaxPreps currently ranks the Jags number 174 in the state, while Greenbrier is ranked 268.
While the Jaguar defense has been dominant, Cedar has struggled on offense, too. Senior quarterback Kiyonnice Smith will look to build upon his second half performance against Winder-Barrow where he threw several screen passes to senior running back Devontaye Bankston to move up the field in the 4th quarter, scoring a touchdown against the Bulldoggs.
But after combining for over 200 yards rushing in game one against Madison County, the Jaguar running backs only moved the ball for 12 yards on 30 carries. Smith also faced constant pressure from the defensive line of the opposing Bulldoggs. This is something that the team thinks they need to fix if they hope to be successful in their next game against Greenbrier.
Addressing how the team would work this week to avoid another stagnant offensive game, Coach Ryals said, “Practice, just practice.”
Smith has passed for 216 yards in the last two games. The Wolfpack’s quarterback Jackson Fulmer passed for only 30 yards in their first game. Cedar Shoals’ top runner senior Osiris Walker has rushed for 135 yards so far this season followed by junior Jaylan Rusher with 86 yards.