High School Football

Ridgeland-Hardeeville set to face Edisto, QB Maxwell tonight

mmccombs@beaufortgazette.comNovember 2, 2012 

When coach Blake Raley found out who Ridgeland-Hardeeville was playing this week, he fired a text to his team.

"Go on youtube to see edisto qb tyrell maxwell"

The Jaguars (4-6) will try to contain Maxwell when they travel to Edisto tonight in the first round of the Class 2-A Division I playoffs.

"They can see on film that this cat can play," Raley said.

The Jaguars must keep Maxwell contained. According to Raley, 80 percent of their offense is tailored around him, trying to get him into space to make plays. He's accounted for 28 touchdowns on offense, three more on defense.

In last week's loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Maxwell ran for two scores -- one for 70 yards -- and threw for two scores -- one for 54 yards.

"We've got to keep him hemmed up, don't give him any lanes," Raley said.

Raley said Edisto's 4-6 record is deceiving. The Cougars lost tough games to region champions Williston-Elko, Allendale-Fairfax, Hanahan and Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

The Jaguars have to play the Cougars straight up and make them have the breakdowns somewhere, Raley said, instead of the jaguars breaking down.

"We have to make him play between the tackles," Raley said.

Ad that's all the defense can hop to do. But a big part of it falls on the offense.

"We have to control the ball," Raley said. "We've got to get first downs and keep the chains moving. And stop committing turnovers."

Raley admits the turnover bug has cost the Jaguars a couple of ballgames down the stretch. But in the 41-8 loss to Bishop England last week, he said the team came together.

"It was the most focused we've been all year," Raley said. "They stuck together more than they had all year. Even in defeat, they played for each other and that was positive. They've really had a good week."

While the Jaguars have talent, they are short on experience, with 31 underclassmen, and have worked together for only a little more than three months. Until now, most have never been in key roles, but Raley believes it bodes well for the future.

"You can tell the kids how it is, and they'll listen to you for a little bit," Raley said. "But once they see it between the lines, they realize these are the things we've got to do if we want to be on the same field with these guys. I can't wait to see what we'll get with a full calendar year of work. We'll start to see some rewards."

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service