ATLANTA — The Atlanta Rabbits must find a way to curtail the production of Pittsburg Pirates quarterback Jaylon Jimmerson and Keontae Burns in their first district opener.
The two juniors display an athleticism that, while formidable to Rabbs head coach Matt McClure, is nonetheless impressive.
“Quarterback is special, really, really good player, [Jimmerson],” McClure told Michael DelGiorno on the “Coaches Show” Monday from the Rabbit Patch. “He’s a kid that started as a sophomore last year and is a junior this year and really tough when things break down. He runs it. He’s got a couple of weapons out wide. [Burns] is a junior and is being recruited by everybody, and he’s 6-3, 6-4, will be a height mismatch for us.”
Atlanta has faced tall receivers this season, notably Liberty-Eylau’s Dazawion Cooper. However, none that pairs with an athletic quarterback that poses a danger in third-and-long situations.
Said McClure: “The quarterback is the one that makes it go. I was watching them play Pine Tree and it’s third-and-28, I think, and he scrambles around and runs for 30. He’s just really hard to tackle and very elusive and we’re going to have to pay attention to him a lot.”
Burns is not just a presence on the outside on offense. The 6-3 receiver, according to MaxPreps, plays free safety for the Pirates defense and is a ballhawk in centerfield.
“This kid is really, really good and he plays free safety too,” said McClure. “So, he plays both ways and that kind of takes a toll on him as the game goes.
“That’s always scary when you get the ball in the air. But they’re really good. They’ve given up some points, but they play really solid football, very good technique football.”
The Rabbs kickoff with Pittsburg Friday at 7:30 p.m. on KPYN.net 900 AM/95.5 FM and the Freed AM Sports app with Bubba Kirkland and Rick Blackwood calling the action and pregame at 6:30 p.m.