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Jarvis Starks-Scott sprints for Webster County’s touchdown in this season’s opener at Trojan Field in Dixon. The Trojans fell to Crittenden County, 31-8. Photo: Hunter Wilcox

The Trojans are 4-1; ‘riding high’ in 3A’s first district

Talk about your big games…this game in Dixon, Kentucky Friday night would have to rank up there with among the bigger games the Storm will play under the present Manning regime. Webster is red hot and they have some athletic weapons they haven’t had in several years. The Trojans are coming off a beat down of Trigg County. Let’s see how they handle our smoke!

HB Lyon, Director, KPGFootball Scouting Division's call: Hopkins County Central 38 (58%), Webster County 35 (42%)

Dixon, KY: Hopkins County Central has just entertained “The King” of first-district football and, perhaps, the entire 3A classification, on the western end of Kentucky in every town not named “Louisville.” Union County rolled into Morton’s Gap, and while the Braves left with a scalp or two, the margin could have been much more severe than it turned out being.

It is true that Hopkins County Central is coming off a 50-28 loss to Union County (5-0) in Morton’s Gap. However, not all wins are constituted the same nor are all losses.

Regardless, the Storm must get right back on the horse which threw them. The 2-3 Storm will travel to Dixon, Kentucky to play a red-hot Webster team fresh off a 64-42 thrashing of the Trigg County Wildcats. 

The statistics through five games for each of Friday night’s combatants tells vastly different stories. Let’s throw it out there and see what the tea leaves tell us.

In five games so far, Hopkins County Central has scored 143-points (28.6 points per), given up 164 (32.8 points per). The Storm has rushed for 976-yards (195.2-per) while surrendering 1,007 (201.4-per) The Storm has passed for 498-yards (99.6-yards passing per) while allowing 738 (147.6-yards passing per). Needless to say, we need to tighten up on defense going forward. 

Webster’s stats tell a different tale. The Trojans have scored 215-points (43-points per) in 5-games while allowing 129 (25.8-points allowed per). They have rushed for 1,346-yards (269.2 per game) while allowing 640 (128-per game). They have passed for 241-yards (48.2 per) while allowing 970 (194-yards per). 

Webster is a much scarier proposition running the ball than throwing it

Author’s editorial commentary

Obviously, Webster is a much scarier proposition running the ball than throwing it. Their production though five games supports this contention.

Websters defense is stinger against the run than the pass. A team which surrenders nearly 200-yards passing a night is susceptible to getting beat over the top. We have some weaponry on the roster able to exploit that.

Edens, Photo: Hunter Scott

Webster’s rushing attack is a three-headed monster. Jackson Edens (No. 2, ’25) has gained the most yards (434) while Jarvis Starks Scott (No. 3, ’24) has the most rushing TD’s (7). Tyler Kautzman (No. 20, ’26) has the most carries (48). The three of them, together, have scored 13 of the ball club’s 20 rushing TD’s.

Jackson Edens is the down the field receiving threat (6-receptions, 142-yards, and a receiving TD) while Jarvis Starks Scott is leading the ball club in scoring. Scott has scored 7-rushing TD’s, 1-receiving TD, 3-pick sixes, 3-kickoff returns for 84-points in 5-games.

Scott is worth 16.8-points per game and he has tallied points in all three phases of a football game. Scott is very dangerous.

Josiah Mills (No. 18, ’25) has been a problem.

KHSAA statistical website

Defensively for Webster County, Josiah Mills (No. 18, ’25) has been a problem. Mills leads the team with 6.5 TFL’s and 5-QB sacks. Braxton Alexander  (No. 23, ’24) is in the backfield quite a lot. He has 4.5-TFL’s and 2.5 QB-sacks himself.

Scott has 4-picks, 151-IRNY’s, and 3-pick sixes. All three of these figures are leaders in their respective categories.

Common Opponents (1)

The Trojans lost to Crittenden County 31-8 back on August 18. Central played the Rockets on September 8, 2023 and lost 26-21. Central played the Rockets in Marion, Kentucky while Webster got them at home.

KPGFootball's call: We like Central in this game 38-31. Putting it plainly, Central needs this game badly and could ill afford to lose here if playoff seeding is anything about which the Storm is concerned!

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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