Rams Emerging as JPS Best While Chasing Postseason

By Sedrick Durr

Jackson Advocate Contributing Writer

 

While entertaining a three-game winning streak, Provine has slowly emerged as Jackson Public Schools’ most successful team at this point of the 2014 Football season. Despite a 3-3 start, the Rams managed to keep the wheels from coming off and now are looking to make a postseason run.

If the playoffs began today, this Robinson Road squad would be a part of the action, but that could quickly change depending on the outcome ofthe final twoweeks of games in 3-6A competition.

The picture could be as clear as getting a win against defending 6A state champion Oak Grove and Brandon to cement a first round spot or getting assistance from Petal who would have to lose to Forest Hill and/or Terry in the final week. Either way the task of continuing to play after the regular season will remain a tough one.

In contrast to the big picture, the Rams have appeared to stay of focused on each game as it comes. The proof was couldn’t be more evident during last week’s routing of crosstown rival Jim Hill.

Behind the leadership and play of Cameron Bolton, Provine defeated the Tigers 50-8. The 6’0, 175 pound senior quarterback only threwfive passes for 72 yards but three of those were for touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Demarque Brown was on the receiving end of two of those passes including a 34 yard catch for a score in the first quarter.

Running back James Taylor joins several others who made it to paydirt with 69 total rush yards on 14 carries.

Overall the Rams had 303 yards of total offense while the defense held the Tigers to 77. Seventy-three of those yards were on the ground as they were limited to one completion on eight attempts.

With the win, the Provine improved to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in region play. Jim Hill fell to 1-9 and is out of playoff contention at 0-5.

Meanwhile, the quest for postseason play has all but escaped Murrah after losing their fourth consecutive game. Things appeared to be a bit more promising during the 6-0 start but life on the gridiron took a turn for the worst during Region 2-6A play.

The Mustangs were unable to stop the bleeding last week as they found themselves on the short end of a 31-6 loss to Starkville.

Brady Davis passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets while the Mustangs Malik Dear came up with their only score on a 6-yard carry.  As a result, Murrah fell to 6-4 while and 1-4 with a slim chance of playing football beyond the regular season.

The Mustangs must win their final two games beginning with Columbus this week followed by Northwest Rankin in the finale. This of course is in addition to getting two Madison Central losses. The Jaguars will host Northwest Rankin and then travel to Greenville on November 7.