PREVIEW: Jefferson and Elysian Fields to Battle for 3-0
Jefferson Bulldogs (2-0)
Elysian Fields Yellowjackets (2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
Jacket Stadium, Elysian Fields
- Jefferson: Antwain Jimmerson
- Elysian Fields: Scott Ford
- Jefferson: def. Hewitt 42-16
- Elysian Fields: def. Winona 28-20
- Jefferson: vs. Frankston, Sept. 22
- Elysian Fields: vs. Dallas First Baptist, Sept. 22
- WR/DB T.Q. Jackson, Jr., 6-2, 175
- QB Trey Hodge, Jr., 6-1, 205
- WR/DB Dee Mitchell, Sr., 6-2, 180
- LB Jordan Randle, Sr., 5-9, 185
- RB/DL Taylor Smith, Sr., 6-1, 174
- WR/DB Trace Smith, Jr., 6-4, 175
- OL/DL Dylan Polver, Jr., 6-3, 278
- RB Tyron Williams, Jr., 5-8, 165
- OL Jade Ashalintubbi, Jr., 6-6, 315
- OL/DL Malik Johnson, Sr., 6-4, 275
- RB/LB Nathan Johnson, Sr., 5-11, 200
- RB/DB Christavian Smith, Soph., 5-9, 160
- WR/DB Cole Myers, Sr., 6-2, 165
- LB Stone Crisp, Sr., 5-8, 165
- LB Jeb Dickson, Sr., 5-8, 160
- WR/DB Caleb Mosley, Sr., 6-1, 175
Just the facts
- Elysian Fields and Jefferson have met five times since 2012, with Jefferson holding a 3-2 lead since then.
- Elysian Fields has won the past two matchups, including a 30-25 victory last season.
- Trey Hodge and Dee Black each had two touchdowns for the Bulldogs in their Week 1 victory against Waskom.
- Elysian Fields' offensive line duo of Jade Ashalintubbi and Malik Johnson combine to weigh 590 pounds.
- Jefferson's T.Q. Jackson had more than 1,000 yards receiving last season and 11 touchdowns.
Key matchup: Elysian Fields offensive line against Jefferson defensive line. The Yellowjackets got more than 1,500 yards combined on the ground from Nathan Johnson and Christavian Smith. Behind a big line that features Jade Ashalintubbi and Malik Johnson, there should be plenty of room to run through.
That's why Jefferson's chances of winning will be largely centered on whether it can stop the ground game. That begins with the defensive line. Taylor Smith and Dylan Polver are the leaders, and if they can get in the backfield this game will be interesting.
If not, Elysian Fields could run away with it.
Don't be surprised if: T.Q. Jackson has a big game. The junior had a breakout year last season, going for more then 1,000 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. He was quiet in the Bulldogs' opener, but definitely has the talent to put up big numbers Friday.
It will be imperative for Elysian Fields to make sure he is accounted for on defense. If not, Jackson could make them pay.