It all came down to who would take advantage of opportunities.
And Madison Central was the one to prevail in the end.
Behind a second half surge and stingy defense the Jaguars held off D’Iberville 27-21 at Jaguar Stadium on Friday night.
“I was proud of the guys for the way they fought against a very good football team,” said second-year D’Iberville coach Eric Collins. “We haven’t had played to our capability in the first two games and after the way we played tonight we can build on it.”
D’Iberville’s game plan nearly worked on the possession part having 74 offensive snaps, while Madison Central only had 34.
To start off it was D’Iberville taking advantage of opportunities.
With the Jaguars up 14-0 with just over 7 minutes to go in the third quarter, D’Iberville’s Thomas King would recover a fumble in the end zone off a bad snap over Madison Central quarterback J.D. Hull’s head to put the Warriors on the board.
On Madison Central’s first play of scrimmage in the fourth quarter Fred Green would intercepted a deflected pass and return it to the Jaguar 7-yard line and two plays later Jaquavis Foster scored from 3 yards out to tie the game at 14 with 8:19 to play.
But Madison Central would immediately answer going 73 yards on 10 plays caped off by a Cedric Beal 6-yard touchdown run to give the Jaguars the lead for good at 21-14.
Cam White had the dagger with a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave Madison Central (3-0) a comfortable 27-14 lead with just under 3 minutes to go.
“I thought our defense played well against an offense we’ve never seen before,” said Madison Central coach Anthony Hart. “Offensively we didn’t have the ball that much and we had to do best with what we had and we did against a good football team.”
White had 50 yards rushing with a touchdown, while J.D. Hull added 75 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception to lead Madison Central offensively.
Jaquavis Foster had 90 yards rushing on 25 carries to lead D’Iberville (1-2).
“To come three hours and stay toe to toe with one of the best teams in Mississippi is good for the kids and something we can build on,” Collins said. “We finally get a home game next week so I am really looking forward to it.”