Look out sports fans. Two perfect teams are about to square off in a win-or-go-home matchup on Friday night as the Jackson Indians Varsity Football team is pitted against the Falcons of Rockwood Summit in the State Quarterfinals.
The Indians, as fans and prey well know, have rattled off 25 straight wins and are the Class 5 District 1 defending State Champions. They are currently 11-0 this year and have completed their fourth consecutive perfect regular season in a row. Every team that has faced them in 2021 has been grossly overmatched and the numbers back that up.
Jackson has scored 537 points, for an eye-popping average of 49 per game, while allowing just 86 on the year in 11 games for a minuscule 7.8 PPG. They are the perfect football machine and get it done on offense, defense, kicking and special teams on the reg. They are sure to be a handful for anyone left remaining on their potential schedule heading into the State Championship Tournament.
That being said, Rockwood Summit will be their toughest test yet by far. The Falcons mirror the Indians with their own perfect 11-0 record and are a very complete football team as well. They are beyond solid on offense with 424 points scored (an average of 38.5 per game), but it is their vaunted defense that is to be feared. Summit has allowed just 44 points all season. That’s an average of four points per game and no team has been able to score multiple touchdowns against them. In fact, they have allowed double-digit points just one time all season, and that came in the District Finals against Eureka in a 23-13 win.
Jackson will need their heavy hitters on offense to really ramp it up a notch in this game, but if anyone is up to the task its the trio of Cameron Marchi, Kannen Turley and Isaiah Davis. Not to mention the two-head monster that is Tony Williams and Joshua Wehrenberg. The Indians have more than enough weapons on offense and defense to get this thing done, but there are a few names for the Falcons that could cause problems.
They have a pair of RBs in Elijah Stevens and Dareonte Turman who have combined for almost 1,250 yards on the ground and 15 TDs, while their top receiver Drew Krobath has 39 catches for 572 yards and eight scores. So the offense is formidable… but the defense is scary good. They have eight players with over 50 total tackles, have racked up 44 sacks, 18 fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions. The Falcons will likely be leaning heavily on this side of the ball to try and upset Jackson.
The good news is that Summit was mired in a six-year playoff drought until this season, so this is brand new territory for the Falcons, while the Indians are as seasoned as you can get in that regard. And experience speaks volumes when it comes to playoff football.
Look for Head Coach Brent Eckley‘s bunch to be as prepared as ever (like they know any other way), and come out firing on all cylinders. If the machine is gassed and oiled up and the Indians just play their game they should come out on top, and would just need to win two more games to claim back-to-back- State Titles.
Good Luck Indians!