Blue Waves head across the river

Published 11:39 am Thursday, September 8, 2011

Unbeaten Port Gibson (3-0) rolls across the river this week to battle a revamped Madison Parish team under new coach Jonathan Brantley.

This will be the Blue Waves’ fourth straight road game to start the season, but it hasn’t slowed them down. Port Gibson got its most impressive win of the season last week, beating Jefferson County 24-6. Quarterback Silento Sayles completed 10 of 20 passes for 164 yards and two TDs. He now has six TD passes this season.

Brantley feels his Jaguars can compete with the Blue Waves on offense. Madison Parish scored 40 points in last week’s 46-40 loss to Mangham.

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“I’ve seen Port Gibson on film and they are bigger than us up front,” Brantley said. “That said, I feel we are pretty evenly matched in the skilled areas. We had our chances to beat Mangham. Turnovers killed us. We had an opportunity to go up 14 before the half and turned it over.”

The Jaguars will have to avoid turnovers against a Port Gibson offense that is averaging 38 points per game, led by Sayles, Mississippi State commit Adarius Barnes and speedy Tommy McCaplin. Barnes and McCaplin each have four TDs this season.

“We’re going to have to contain Sayles,” Brantley said.

Madison has some weapons as well. Running back Jalen Richardson rushed for 210 yards and two TDs against Mangham. Quarterback Terrell Thomas went 17 of 25 for 250 yards and two scores.