Quarterback game: The contribution of offensive leaders at center is always a big factor, but it could have a bigger impact on Friday’s game due to personnel.
Cherokee Bluff starter Asher Wilson left with an injury late in the first quarter of last week’s home win over Cestati, and while Jones wants his 6-foot, 180-pound junior signal caller to go, he says it’s likely It’s a game time decision.
If he doesn’t play, the good news is that sophomore backup Brooks Bryan did well last week in place of Wilson, completing 6 of 7 passes for 78 yards, including a touchdown, and leading The Bears had a 3-second lead — breaking the game’s quarter of a touchdown.
On the other hand, North Hall’s Tanner Marsh has continued to grow into a starting job after essentially occupying Troy’s junior varsity spot last year.
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound teenager put up 264 yards and five touchdowns in last week’s Trojans’ big win over East Hall, even though he knew this week’s numbers were his season The toughest test yet and he will need help throughout the offense.
“Of course, it starts at the front,” Marsh said. “Our team has to have one of the best games they’ve ever had, our receivers have to do a (great) job on the perimeter…almost everyone has to have a (great) one. Games, including me.”
Defensive Discipline: North Hall head coach Sean Pender and his staff, especially Troy defensemen and players, will be of particular interest.
Cherokee Bluff took advantage of the many weapons it had on offense, especially in last week’s win when five different runners averaged at least 5 yards per carry, led by Jaylon Carroll , 11-133, TD) and led by Perry Haynes (18-102), and seven different receivers led by Max Eubanks (5-81, TD, plus a rushing TD) had at least one pass .
That balance and depth will be a challenge for North Hall’s defense, who took a big step in the right direction with last week’s full-court win, led by Will Jackson (2 INTs, including a draft pick) Kwon) and Trey Patterson (9 steals and assists). ).
“They have goals and tendencies, but they’re a good football team,” Pender said of Cherokee Bluff. “We just have to play good football. … We have to play harder than them, we have to put a hat on football and let them make mistakes. We have to make sure we don’t beat ourselves.
“We just have to do our job and do our job, and when the ball comes to us, we have to be ready for that…and be ready to play.”
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