By Robert Wilson
Jackson Prep football coach Jon Marcus Duncan won his 750and career game Thursday night with a 3-1 BUT Class 6A boys win over Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Prep.
But Duncan is looking for another more important number – 15 – this season.
Duncan’s record streak in Mississippi with 10 consecutive boys state championships was broken by Jackson Academy last season and he wants to get back into the winner’s circle. If he wins this year’s state title, Duncan will have 15 boys state championships.
Prep played like a state champ on Tuesday in Duncan’s No. 750and to earn.
“I thought it was our most complete game from start to finish,” Duncan said. “Our play in midfield tonight was brilliant. Defensively we were solid as well. We received contributions from everyone who entered the pitch.
Cam Moore scored to give Prep a 1-0 lead early in the game. Elliot Davis put Prep up 2-0 just before halftime. Wat Rutledge scored from a penalty for a 3-0 second-half lead.
The preparation improved to 9-3-1 overall, 4-1 in conference. Prep plays JA at home on Saturday and Hartfield Academy at Prep on Monday. Hartfield is 13-0 overall and 7-0 in the league and beat Prep 3-2 in a shootout earlier this season.
Duncan, a graduate of Prep and Mobile College, has an overall record of 750-147-68 — a remarkable 83.6 winning percentage — and 27 state titles during his 22 seasons in Prep. He has a record of 409-71-27 for boys and a record of 341-76-31 for girls.
“Jackson Prep has been a special place for me for a long, long time as a student, coach and parent,” Duncan said. “The support from this faculty and administration is second to none. I want to thank Prep, basically my second family. To all the players who have put on a Prep football uniform, you are all the best and I want to thank them for embracing the process. The assistant coaches who have been by my side have been the best. My immediate family, their support is unreal, allowing me to do what I love. 750 is a big number, but every win is special. I hope to have 750 more in me.
Duncan won No. 500 on February 5, 2015 in a 2-0 win over MRA.
Duncan, 45, is second in Mississippi history for combined boys’ and girls’ career wins