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Jaguars football team still a work-in-progress

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Ridgeland – First-year Ridgeland-Hardeeville head football coach Will Lampkin is still working on getting his squad to buy into the new system.
“There’s still learning to trust it,” Lampkin said. “There was a play in practice the other day that we screwed up like three times because someone didn’t follow the right rules. I keep running the play until we get it right, and when finally did, we busted one. 
“I’m glad it happened in practice because know that lets the kids see what happens when they do what we say to do.”
The Jaguars are 2-3 overall on the season and were scheduled to face May River in their first region contest on Oct. 5. They’ve lost the last two games in a row by a combined 17 points, including a 13-7 defeat at the hands of Colleton County.
“We dropped two touchdown balls late in the third quarter, early in the fourth,” Lampkin said. “We make those, it’s a totally different game. It was a lack of focus and a lack of concentration. We’re still missing too many blocks.”
Turnovers were also a big problem against Bluffton as a scoop and score helped the Bobcats jump out to a 28-0 lead at one point. 
Even so, Lampkin has been pleased with progress on both sides of the ball. RHHS is averaging more than 300 yards of offense per game and the Jaguars have been fairly balanced with 194.2 coming on the ground and 162.8 coming through the air.
Quarterback Jertaveon Smalls has completed 50 of 109 pass attempts for 766 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing 48 times for 366 yards and four more scores.
Marquese Grant leads the team with 67 carries for 380 yards and five TDs. Freshman Brandon Howard has 365 yards receiving to go along with two touchdowns and is tops on the team in all-purpose yards with 487.
Defensively, Michael Murray leads the Jaguars with 45 total tackles and is tied for the lead with two tackles for a loss. Howard and Renae Wright are next with 39 tackles apiece. Wright has also produced eight of the team’s 10 sacks.
Davion Lewis has also been a force on defense.

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