Callaway, 4-0 in Class AAA Mississippi, has a relentless rushing attack and a mistake-free brand of football. The Chargers are averaging 239 rushing yards per game and while defenses try to penetrate the Callaway offensive line, which is led by 305-pound Ole Miss commitment Roderick Taylor, quarterback Chris Miller and running back T.J. Washington will try to make plays in the passing game. Miller has completed 29 of 55 passes for 410 yards and five touchdowns this season. The rushing threat is Washington, who has carried the football for 218 yards and four touchdowns this season while also completing five of seven passes with two touchdowns.
At wideout, Ole Miss commit Dayall Harris is a 6-foot-4 receiver who has hauled in 10 catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns this season. Joshua Early is an playmaker and has turned his four receptions into two touchdowns. On defense, safety Ronald Walker, the Chargers’ third Ole-Miss commit, leads the secondary. Walker flies to the football and his three fumble recoveries this season are evidence of his ability to spark game-changing plays.
Defensive lineman Breeland Speaks could be Callaway’s fourth Ole Miss commit come signing day as the senior currently holds offers from the Rebels, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Florida State. A physical player, Speaks has forced three fumbles this season and has also blocked a punt while playing the role of the Chargers’ premier run-stuffer.
Germantown, 4-0 in Class AAAAA Mississippi, has averaged 216 rushing yards per game and, like the Chargers, has the ability to spark big plays in the passing game. Tyler Shell is a 6-foot-3 dual-threat quarterback who has completed 60 percent of his passes while carrying the ball 32 times with a 4.31 yards-per carry average. Juniors Reid Kelly and Jaylen Smith are the Mavericks’ primary receivers and the ground game is rotated through a deep backfield of ball carriers.
Sophomore Dalton Bradfield has burst on the scene with 160 yards on 40 carries and three touchdowns this year and Jalen Brown is a 5-foot-9, 200-pound back that has powered his way to 143 yards and two touchdowns. The feature back is senior Chester Lewis who has 53 carries for 357 yards (6.74 yards per carry) and five touchdowns in the Mavericks’ first four games. Seven Germantown defenders have registered interceptions this season with Taury Dixon leading the way with a pair of picks.
Both teams will look to continue playing aggressively on defense in order to spark the big play.