Jordan airs out Eagles offense

Jordan airs out Eagles offense

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Jordan airs out Eagles offense

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EAGLEVILLE

The offensive plan here in recent years centered around a run-first, run-second mentality.

Newcomer Ryan Jordan has changed those plans.

Jordan, a junior quarterback and Cannon County transfer, has provided a passing attack missing the past few years at Eagleville.

Jordan has thrown for 1,242 yards on 71-of-119 passing through seven games this season — second-most to Siegel’s Brent Stockstill among all Rutherford County schools. He has 14 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

“My first year here (in 2008) we passed for a bunch of yards,” Eagleville coach Steve Carson said. “The last couple of years our strength has been our running game with a running quarterback.

“But Ryan’s strength is not running the ball, it’s throwing. We’ve got four or five really good receivers.”

Jordan led the area in passing during the regular season in 2011 as a sophomore at Cannon County when he threw for 1,744 yards. However he did it completing 153-of-302 passing in the Tony Franklin spread offense that former coach Joel Schrenk used in Woodbury.

That many passes also produced an area-leading 17 interceptions with just 11 touchdowns.

Jordan said not passing as much this year has helped his numbers.

“It’s easier in a balanced offense because last year everyone was expecting us to pass it,” Jordan said. “Now, you have the run game that they have to respect and that opens up the passing game.”

Eagleville averages 284.4 total yards a game, including 177.4 yards passing and 107 rushing.

The Eagles (3-4 overall, 2-1) play at rival MTCS (0-7, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday at Throneberry Stadium. An Eagleville win likely clinches a playoff berth.

Jordan won a five-person battle for the starting job at quarterback in the preseason. The position battle was the most intense of any at Eagleville, with Jordan edging Andrew Jernigan for the spot.

Ironically, Jernigan has been Jordan’s favorite target this season. He leads the team with 23 catches for 527 yards with six TD catches.

“I think (receiver) is a better position for me,” Jernigan said. “It helped me playing (at quarterback). Once I got back to receiver I figured out where I needed to be to get open.”

Receiver John Posada has 19 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns, while teammate D.J. Higgins has 14 catches for 256 yards and three touchdowns.

“We’ve got a bunch of playmakers we’ve got four receivers that can do something when they get the ball and we have Ryan, who is having a great year,” Jernigan said. “He is getting the ball where it needs to go.”

And that is through the air.

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