plays and in the red zone where he’s caught seven touchdowns this year. He’s currently second on the team with 21 catches and 333 yards.
“I feel like I’m getting better each and every week,” Gardner said. “At first, I was
a little shaky, but I’m getting more confident in myself and believing in myself. After we lost to West Point, we all came together and we’re doing well.”
Rodrigues Clark has been virtually automatic when he’s been healthy this season. The junior running back has 683 yards and 10 touchdowns in just six games this year and
he’s looking for more.
The biggest difference has been quarterback Malik Brown. The junior has really become a dual-threat weapon for this year’s team passing for 1,038 yards, 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions while rushing for 398 yards and four scores.
“He can do it all,” Madison
Central coach Anthony Hart said of Brown. “He can run, pass and make good decision. He’s a good player. We had to play Cam Akers last year and Brown presents some of those same issues as Cam in what he can do in the pass and the run game.”
This will be as tough of a test that Brown and the offense has seen all year, however,
with only exception being to West Point in its loss. It’s made for an interesting Friday night showdown for high stakes with the winner having a direct path toward a district crown.
After missing out on the playoffs altogether last year with one of their three division losses coming to the Jaguars, the Jackets love the
position they’re in with four weeks left.
“If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best and they’re one of the best right now,” Jones said of Madison Central. “Our goal is to come out this Friday and play a great brand of football. Going into this game, I’m excited based off the last few weeks.”