Jacksonville plays at West Carteret on Friday

Jacksonville is ranked third in The Associated Press state 3-A football poll, sits at 4-0, has defeated its opponents by an average margin of 25.25 points per game and is coming off its first shutout of the season.

None of that, however, matters to coach Beau Williams.

“The kids know all that stuff, but I don’t pay much attention to it,” he said. “I pay attention to what we can do. They kids see all that stuff, but they also know we have to focus on the next game and the next play.”

The next game for the Cardinals is Friday’s Coastal 3-A Conference game at West Carteret.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

It is the only game involving an area team as the rest of the local schedule was moved to Wednesday.

“We’ve had a good week of practice so far,” Williams said. “We are just trying to improve on the mistakes we made last Friday.”

Jacksonville’s 35-0 home victory over Northside last week was the Cardinals’ first game since a 31-6 win at Laney on Aug. 31.

Williams said his team needs to clean up its tackling fundamentals as well as address some missed assignments and missed blocks he felt the Cardinals (4-0, 1-0) had against Northside.

Jacksonville meets a West Carteret team that’s 3-3, 0-1 following a 63-10 loss at Havelock (5-0, 1-0) on Friday.

“We have to get back (to the fundamentals) since we took a three week break,” Williams said. “We have had to go back over things from our steps to routes. It’s all the little stuff.”

Senior Graham Brinker leads JHS with 520 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns while senior quarterback Justyn Benton is second with 370 yards and 3 TDs.

The defense is led by senior linebackers Tishear Rambert, Milton Chandler and senior defensive lineman Jermarl Raynor.

“We have a bunch of good kids,” Williams said. “They are good people to be around and they work extremely hard. They are not perfect, they make mistakes like everybody else, but they are coachable and they continue to get better.”

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