AA blog: Here’s what to look for Friday
Here’s what to look for Friday in Class AA:
It’s time to find out what the No. 5-ranked Washington-Wilkes Tigers (5-0) are made of, as they face their stiffest challenge of the season when they host the No. 4-ranked Jefferson Dragons (3-1). The Tigers have outscored their competition 218-52 thus far, but put up similar lopsided wins last year on their way to a 5-0 record when they met Jefferson. The Dragons won last year’s matchup 36-0. Washington-Wilkes is hoping Jefferson’s coaching and quarterback changes create opportunity for a different outcome, and will lean heavily on sophomore running back Quay Blackburn to carry the load, as he’s done up to this point. In a 8-AA region considered by many to be top-heavy with these two teams at the top, this matchup could very well determine the region’s top seed.
- After five games against larger classifications including last week’s out-of-state game, the No. 2-ranked Lovett Lions (5-0) are facing yet another challenge – Class AAA’s No. 3-ranked Washington County Golden Hawks (4-0), who reached the state quarterfinals last year. For the fourth straight game, Lovett will seek revenge against an opponent who beat them in 2012 – the Hawks won 48-35 last year. The Hawks are coming off a 38-0 win over Laney and would likely be sitting at 5-0 had weather not canceled their season-opener against Eagle’s Landing Christian, a game they were leading when it was called off. The Lions are coming off a 35-13 win over Fort Payne (Ala.).
- There’s an intriguing matchup of 5-0 teams in 2-AA between the No. 7-ranked Benedictine Cadets and Bryan County Redskins. The Redskins were 1-4 heading into last year’s game – the Cadets won, 21-9 – but appear to be turning a corner. They escaped their second game of the season with a 34-27 triple-overtime win over Toombs County and have outscored opponents 120-41 since. The Cadets have given up just 29 points all season and have two shutouts.
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