Senior quarterback J.D. Hull dives into the endzone for the winning touchdown.
Senior quarterback J.D. Hull dives into the endzone for the winning touchdown.
Though it was a low-scoring outing for the Jaguars, Madison Central showed a lot of mobility and a steadfast defense Friday night against non-district foe Brandon.

Head coach Anthony Hart said the game answered at least one of his usual pre-season worries — conditioning.

“I thought our conditioning was good, which can be a concern at the beginning of the season,” Hart said. “Overall I am very pleased with our effort and hope we can keep moving and keep improving as the season progresses.”

Senior quarterback J.D. Hull stole the show completing about half of his passes for 78 yards including a 32-harder to Myles Hopson for his only reception of the night. Hull churned up 56 yards of gridiron in 15 carries that included a touchdown late in the evening to seal the victory.

Senior Cedric Beal had 132 yards on 24 carries and Cameron White, a senior, picked up another 65 on nine carries. Beal and White both put up runs for 20 yards and White had one reception for 10 yards.

Kicker Kale Nation picked up a crucial  field goal to put the Jags on the board early in the game and successfully knocked in an extra point.

Edgerin Harper led the team with seven tackles and fellow seniors Truett Bourne and Kirkland Trahan were not far behind with six. Trahan also picked up a sack along with Lawson Stockett and Tyrece Swan, a junior. Stockett got four tackles on the evening and Swan picked up one of his own.

With their first game down, Madison Central will travel to Oceans Springs to face the Greyhounds who dropped an away season opener to Gautier, 31-21. The Greyhounds maintained their lead until the fourth quarter when the Gators scored 14 unanswered points to seal the game.

Hart said he expects “more of a running team” than Brandon. Hart will prepare his team for their senior heavy running attack that includes quarterback Malcolm Magee and running backs Socrates Meza-Ayala and Daveaunce Gaines. Gaines had over 100 yards rushing and Meza-Ayala and Magee both snagged touchdowns last week.