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MITCHELL - Stopping Mitchell's running game will be Perry Central's first goal when the two meet in PLAC football Friday at 7 p.m.
The 1-5 Bluejackets have "had some problems with their execution," said Perry Central Coach Mike Spencer Monday. "Their running game at times looks OK, but it's not as consistent as it needs to be. They do have some quick kids, though."
He said their best runner is their quarterback, Andrew Ritchison, a 5-foot-10, 140-pound senior, who runs frequently on option plays.
Thomas Isom, a 6-2, 190-pound junior running back, is also quick.
Spencer said it looks as if the Bluejackets would prefer to run, but they've had to pass quite a bit because they've been behind.
He said Ritchison "has a decent arm," but "I think he's a better runner than a thrower."
His top receivers are 5-10, 160-pound senior split end Dwayne Eubanks, 5-9, 145-pound sophomore slotback Isaac Slaughter and 5-11, 145-pound senior tight end Nick Street.
The Bluejackets use a variety of offensive sets, including double wing, power-I and shotgun with a single back.
Their five interior offensive linemen average 221 pounds. Ezra Beasley, a 6-2, 315-pound junior right tackle, is the only one bigger than 225 pounds.
"We're bigger than they are," noted Spencer.
On defense the Bluejackets "haven't been able to shut anybody down," said Spencer.
They have allowed an average of 42.7 points per game, including giving up 56 or more three times.
They usually play a 5-2 defense with four deep backs.
"We think they'll end up stunting off that a lot," said Spencer. "I think they're going to end up with eight or nine people in the box.
"I still think we're going to be able to run some, though. And if they commit that many people to the run, the play-action passing game will be a good thing for us."