BEAUMONT — Last year’s game will be sort of a rallying cry for Central, as the Jaguars try to get over the hump and
The Titan offense was its usually solid self last season in that opening game, gaining 400 yards, including 161 rushing yards and 241 passing yards. The defense, too, had good numbers, as the Titans gave up just 246 yards and less than 140 rushing yards in the game.
However, the Titans had two big flaws. They gave up 19 first downs, tied for the second-most they’d allow that season. They also had 10 penalties for 105 yards, the second-most penalty yards they’d amass all season.
Fixing those mistakes will be at the top of Harrison’s priority list for Friday.
“We have to get out to a fast start,” Harrison said. “We have to execute. We didn’t do a good job of executing against Atascocita in the red zone, so we need to do those things. Defensively, we have to tackle. Against Atascocita, we didn’t tackle very well. We had kids in position, but they didn’t make the tackle. We have to do a better job of that.”
The Central offense will be keyed by two players. Quarterback Michael Jacquet takes over for three-year starter Robert Mitchell, now at Lamar. Jacquet, a junior, got limited playing time last season, but showed plenty of potential.
He’s joined by receiver Garrison Mitchell, who had 36 catches for 491 yards and four TDs last season as a junior. Mitchell also had three interceptions as a defensive back last season.
“The young man they have at QB is a quality young man,” Harrison said. “I didn’t get a chance to see him play last year, but I heard the stories of him coming in against Nederland and playing well. I know he comes from a good family and is a level-headed young man. That sped the process up. I don’t know that you can say they have a real, first-year quarterback.“