The Madison Central Jaguars and Lewisburg Patriots will square off in the first round of the 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 7A Football Championships on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7pm ET at Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
What it is: Mississippi High School Football
Matchup: Madison Central Jaguars vs. Lewisburg Patriots
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 7A Football Championships
Round: First Round
Locations: Lewisburg – Olive Branch, MS
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The Jaguars enter the playoffs with a 6-4 record, while the Patriots have a 7-3 record. Lewisburg is ranked 13th in the division, while Madison Central is ranked 5th. In the state rankings, Madison Central is ranked 8th and Lewisburg is ranked 42nd.
Madison Central has a balanced offense that averages 25.8 points per game. The Jaguars are led by senior quarterback Isaac Johnson, who has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Johnson also has a solid rushing attack, as he has rushed for over 400 yards and five touchdowns.
Lewisburg has a more run-oriented offense, averaging 22.5 points per game. The Patriots are led by senior running back David Miller, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Lewisburg also has a solid passing game, led by senior quarterback Matthew Schuette, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Both teams have good defenses, but Madison Central has the better unit. The Jaguars have allowed just 16.9 points per game this season, while Lewisburg has allowed 22.8 points per game.
This is a close matchup between two evenly matched teams. Madison Central has the better defense, but Lewisburg has the better running game. Ultimately, the game will likely come down to a few key plays.
Prediction: Madison Central Jaguars 28, Lewisburg Patriots 24
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