Deiondre Porter leads the Jefferson Dragons after throwing for 2,276 yards and 27 touchdowns in his junior season.
Published: August 29, 2013   |
Updated: August 30, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Jefferson senior Deiondre Porter vs. Alonso sophomore Chris Oladokun
Experience vs. first-timer. Porter is a three-year starter who last year completed 157 of 256 passes for 2,276 yards and 27 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He also proved dangerous on the run, gaining 398 yards. This year, he returns bigger, stronger, faster and more confident. “(Porter) is giving our defensive coaches nightmares,” Alonso coach Brian Emanuel said. “He’s so dynamic it’s scary.” Oladokun, meantime, will be taking his first snap in a regular-season varsity game, but Emanuel says he’s not worried about his quarterback’s nerves. “(Oladokun) is poised way, way beyond his years,” Emanuel said. “Nothing rattles this young man. I have complete and total confidence in him running the offense.”
Ball control vs. quick strike
There is no question Alonso must control the clock, which likely means a steady dose of Ravens running back Ish Witter behind his formidable offensive line. “If we take care of Witter, then our chances greatly improve,” Jefferson coach Jeremy Earle said. “It’s a huge priority for us.” Emanuel said nothing would make him happier than to see Witter gain “3.5 yards on every single carry. That way we keep those track stars (Jefferson’s lineup of speed demons) on the sideline where they can’t hurt us.” Jefferson showed how dynamic and dangerous — and fast — it was in last week’s preseason game when it ran up 48 points on a tough team from Plant City.
In the trenches
A lot of folks might look at the skill players and say they are keys in this matchup, but both Earle and Emanuel said the line of scrimmage looms large. Both lines feature players who go both ways, so determination and fitness, along with ability, should factor in. For the Ravens, 6-foot-3, 293-pound lineman Gary Brown might be the biggest key of all. Expect Brown to get double-teamed on many plays. By game’s end, Brown might be the most worn-out player on the field. “We’ve had a great week of practice and we feel prepared,” Brown said. “I look forward to the challenge.”