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Nigel Lanier and North Jackson host DAR in their home opener Friday night.

Second-year North Jackson head coach Chandler Tygard expected the Chiefs offense to take a big step in Year 2.

After two games, Tygard’s expectation is proving accurate.

North Jackson broke three school records — total yards (705), passing yards (459) and offensive plays (94) — during last week’s 62-42 Class 4A Region 7 win at Westminster Christian.

Heading into the Chiefs’ home opener Friday against region foe DAR, Tygard hopes to see “more of the same” from the team’s record-setting offensive unit.

“Year 2 in the offense and everybody just knows what we’re trying to accomplish,” Tygard said. “The quarterback (Dalton Morris) had made massive strides. We’re playing so many kids. We had six different kids score touchdowns last week. We’re comfortable throwing it to anybody or having anybody run it.”

North Jackson (2-0, 1-0) is averaging 57 points per game and 636 yards per game, both of which Tygard said lead the state.

Friday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at R.D. Hicks Stadium in Stevenson. Admission to the game for North Jackson fans is free.

It’s the 15th meeting between the schools. North Jackson leads the series with the Patriots 13-1 and has won the last six meetings.

DAR (0-2, 0-1) has only played one game, last week’s 51-17 region loss to No. 7-ranked Madison Academy. The Patriots also have a COVID-19 related forfeit to Fairview on their record.

Tygard said North Jackson’s defense was solid last week against a good offensive team. Westminster Christian got a few late scores to tighten the gap, but Tygard said the Chiefs still must “sharpen” a few areas.

“We need to go from a 100-level course (on defense) to a 200-level,” Tygard said.

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