Yellow Jacket football gains a home victory

photo by Camille Bardon

Jaliyah Akins


September 13, 2019, the Starkville Yellow Jackets took on the Louisville Wildcats with a victorious score of 35-7. Prior to the game, the Jackets’ record was 2-1 with losses to Brandon and West Point. The win versus Louisville brings the record to 2-2.
The Jackets have a pattern of wins at home and losses away.
Jaylan Ware, Luke Altmyer, Nyjal Johnson, and William Baggett served as captains for the Jackets who won the coin toss and received the ball.
Joshua Aka, a senior wide receiver, said,” Tonight was a bounce back game from Brandon and West Point, and we need to get better and work as a team and communicate more.”
On average Aka had 277 yrds. and 3 TDs. Heading into halftime Jackets 14- Louisville 7.
Late in the third quarter there were flags against both teams for unsportsmanlike conduct. It set both teams back. The Jackets(offensively) 425 total yardage consisted of 179 rushing, 246 passing, 249 receiving.
On defense the Jackets made 24 solo tackles, 42 assists, with a total of 66 tackles and 5.0 sacks. To lead up to their TDs the Jackets had 3 rushing TDs, 2 receiving, and 5 total TDs to end the game.
Senior wide receiver Khristopher White agreed with Aka as he reflected on the game. “As a team we played good and we communicated well but we still need to improve our skills and techniques a little more because we made mistakes, but we’ll come back from those mistakes because we have a good support system.” White had 1 solo tackle, 1 PD, and 1 GD.
Early in the fourth quarter, Jackets got penalties against them because of unsportsmanlike conduct and illegal blocking in the back. 
The Jackets are excited about the rest of the season. Coach Jones expressed his happiness after the game Friday night. We all worked hard for what we wanted, and we went out there and got it just like we discussed. The team worked as a team and communicated well, now it’s time to rest up and get ready for next week.” 

The Jackets will be hosted by Meridian September 20, at 7 p.m., at Meridian High School. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.