By Gabriel Stovall
Well, they haven’t held back from talking about it, so we won’t either.
Still five days remain before Jonesboro and Sandy Creek lock horns in Tyrone Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. But the pre-game drama has already begun on Twitter with several Sandy Creek and Jonesboro players doing a little cyber-jawing at each other ahead of one of this season’s most anticipated match ups pitting two Southern Crescent teams.
This from Jonesboro’s top running back Montralius Mosley:
Yall boys letting creekview boost yall head up for real !!! We got something for yall through
— #H.O.B.O_CHOP6 (@L0B_06) August 23, 2015
And then the retort from Sandy Creek star safety Javon Jackson:
Don’t let Mt. Zion boost yall confidence — Javon Jackson⚡️ (@_Makaveli3) August 23, 2015
That’s just a small sampling, and it appeared to all be fairly good-natured — nothing you wouldn’t expect from two football teams hungry to make an early state title statement.
And while it’s debatable as to which side started the verbal sparring session, it all seemingly got shut down once Sandy Creek basketball coach Anthony McKissic — formerly the Morrow girls basketball and cross country coach — summed it up this way:
— Rev Run & Shoot (@CoachMcKissic) August 23, 2015
The action on the field promises to be even more entertaining than the Twitter stuff as both teams won their openers Friday in convincing fashion against teams that won’t be mistaken for state championship contenders.
Jonesboro easily disposed of cross-town rival Mount Zion 31-6, and Sandy Creek throttled Creekview 41-0 in the opening game of the Corky Kell Classic.
This week’s matchup will feature some of the four-county area’s top Division I caliber talent, starting with Jonesboro’s four-star quarterback and Clemson commit Zerrick Cooper, and Sandy Creek speedster wideout and North Carolina pledge Korey Banks.
Other in-game match ups to watch will be seeing which team’s talented stable of running backs — Jonesboro’s Mosley and Matavion Brooks against Sandy Creek’s Drezyn Parson, Marvin Hubbard and Jaelen Greene — will find the most running room behind two stout offensive lines.
Speaking of interior line play, we’ll be watching how Jonesboro’s disruptive defensive tackle Kali James and the very active Jonesboro defensive line will handle Sandy Creek’s 6-foot-3, 275 pound guard Chandler Tuitt and company. Tuitt is an Ole Miss commit.
Jonesboro has its own stud on its offensive line with 6-foot-3, 290 pound Colorado State commit Jeff Taylor. It’ll be intriguing, also, to see how many times Banks and Jonesboro’s Kentucky committed corner Jordan Griffin Jordan Griffin will square off against each other.
Sandy Creek leads the all-time series between the two teams 3-2, with all but one game — last year’s 35-6 Patriots win over a Cooper-less Cardinals squad — being played in the late 1990s.
Look for more pre-game coverage of this matchup from thecrescentbuzz.com as the week progresses.