In a game that will feature two of the best teams in the Bi-City, one of the biggest stories will be the individual players.
There will be a lot of top-tier talent on the field when Central plays at Harris County at 7:30 p.m. Friday, including one-third of this year's Dandy Dozen -- Central's Traveon Samuel and John Broussard, who both already made their presence felt in the Red Devils' opener last week, and Harris County's TaQuon Marshall and Tae Crowder.
Samuel recently committed to Louisville, Marshall to Georgia Tech, and both Broussard and Crowder are weighing their future options.
Other names will be featured prominently as well: Central quarterback Zion Webb, a sophomore who has a very bright future, linebacker Markail Benton, a sophomore who has already has offers from Auburn, Florida State, Kentucky and South Carolina and Harris County offensive lineman Tyler McGarr, a Cincinnati commit, among others.
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"There's a lot of good players between both teams," Central coach Jamey DuBose said. "There's a lot of talent."
Yes, it's a who's who of top athletes in the area, but this game will still be about the teams on the field.
Central and Harris County have never faced each other in a regular-season game, making this the inaugural matchup in what could be a fun rivalry in the future should coaches decide to keep it. Of course, neither current coach, DuBose or Harris County's Dwight Jones, was in on scheduling this game.
"But here we are," Jones said. "It is exciting. I think our fans and players look forward to it. I think the people from Phenix City are excited about the game. We'll see. Either way, we'll find out what kind of football team we have."
The team Harris County has is expected to be pretty good. It is coming off its two best seasons in program history and has a roster that could be even better in 2014.
The Tigers are running a new offense, the Wing-T, under Jones, and it will be another challenge for Central, which had to deal with the unfamiliar triple-option last Friday against Stockbridge (Ga.).
DuBose admitted the Red Devils didn't have a whole lot of film on the Tigers, other than some from the first half of Harris County's scrimmage against Manchester, and that this week feels almost like last week going into the unknown against an unfamiliar opponent.
"It's the same type of scenario," he said. "It's a physical game that will be played up front between the tackles. We have to win it up front in the trenches. We took a beating last week, I'm not going to lie, so we've tried to be smart this week in our preparation for the game in getting our defensive line ready.
"We've got to be physical," Central defender Bernardo Hinton said. "They've got a big offensive line, so we've got to be physical up front on defense."
Jones noted Central's aggressiveness on defense as something his team has to be careful of. The Red Devils forced four turnovers last week.
Jones also knows the potential aggressiveness of the Central offense, though he said he didn't see as much of an up-tempo approach in Central's game against Stockbridge. That doesn't mean he isn't preparing his team for it.
"We've been working against ourselves all summer, so we know what the tempo should be," he said. "The tempo shouldn't bother us. We've done a poor job of coaching if we're not ready for an up-tempo situation."
The game won't mean much in the long term, as it is a non-region game, but it will serve as a sign post for where the teams are and where they need to go. It is the opener for the Tigers and another stiff challenge for the Red Devils.
"It'll be a good challenge for our guys," DuBose said. "I know they've got an excellent club. They're big up front, and they've got a good playmaker at quarterback, so it'll be a challenge for us.
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