MP quarterback Jordan Banks fights for yardage the last time the Bulldogs played the Central-Macon Chargers in 2011. 

Mary Persons (2-2, 0-1 region) will try to end a 2-game losing skid as Central-Macon (2-1, 1-0) comes to Dan Pitts Stadium for Homecoming on Friday night.

The Chargers are coming off a 22-11 win over Americus-Sumter last Friday. They lost to Howard 37-20 on Sept. 25 but opened the season by beating Westside 12-7.

Central is led by senior quarterback Jalik Thomas, who is committed to play at Arkansas State next year. Thomas was electric in 2019 as a dual-threat QB accounting for nearly 2,000 total yards and 20 touchdowns.

While MP employed the Wild Dog, going without a quarterback for most of the game against Peach County, MP coach Brian Nelson said he plans to do a mix of that with a traditional offense on Friday.

“We learned some stuff we can do and can’t do,” said Nelson. 

Nelson said one reason for the change was to get the ball in the hands of the player who’s emerged as MP’s leading weapon, senior Jaboree “Joker” Goodson. Goodson leads MP with 47 carries for 395 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging 99 yards per game. 

Now in the same region, the Bulldogs and the Chargers haven’t faced off in almost nine years, since 2011. MP leads the all-time series 5-1. Central won the first meeting between the two schools in 2000 but the Bulldogs won the next five.