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Jags focused on finishing this fall

By DALLIN DURRETT
For the Record
Posted 8/9/22

Finishing in the fourth quarter will be a big emphasis going into this football season for Overhills.

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SPRING LAKE — Finishing in the fourth quarter will be a big emphasis going into this season for Overhills.

All three of the Jaguars’ wins were by two or more possessions, while five of the six losses were within one possession – two occurring in overtime.

Senior defensive back Christian Daniel, who finished with 48 tackles, one sack, and an interception last season, is well aware of the need to close out games in order for the team to make a jump this season.

“We just didn’t do that good at finishing in the fourth quarter, we just got to continue working hard and we’ll finish the game,” Daniel said.

Head coach Kerry Bacon has a few ideas on how to fix those issues for this upcoming season.

“Our offense has to control the clock, we got to keep our defense off the field and keep them fresh for the fourth quarter,” he said.

“We will also play the field position game, as well. It helps to have an all-conference punter. We’ll make it harder for the opposing offense to get downfield.”

If the team can carry out this gameplan, Bacon loves what he has on both sides of the ball and special teams. This makes him confident this team will make the playoffs.

On offense, the Jaguars return sophomore quarterback Jordan Bryant.

He threw for 1,319 yards and completed 51.3% of his passes. He had 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

“I do a lot of offseason workouts and work with my quarterback’s coach,” Bryant said. “I’ve also been working out with my teammates and we just keep on looking to improve.”

Coach Bacon discussed how Bryant can improve during his sophomore year, adding, “We need to use his strengths. He is very intelligent, very smart, and has a big arm. He also developed great chemistry with the receivers.”

While the Jaguars lose their starting running back from last season, Justin Hobbs, and other starting receivers, coach Bacon says he’s confident the new starters are ready to be big contributors this fall.

“We’ll use about nine receivers this season and we’ll use multiple different personnel groups. This group continues to surprise and impress me every day,” Bacon said.

While the defense loses some key players like Benny Nena and Hunter Berryhill, the Jaguars return a lot of their defensive production from last year’s team.

“We’ll be better and have more depth on defense. We got some kids coming in who are now upperclassmen and we even got new kids that transferred in,” Bacon added.

Overhills kicks off the season at home on Aug. 19 against South View.

Dallin Durrett is a sports correspondent and can be reached at dallindurrett@gmail.com.

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