Marion County ran the ball well and played stingy defense to top Pacelli 34-7 on Friday at Diemel Field. Pacelli lost running back DeAndre Bowman to a knee injury in the fourth quarter, but coach Alan Griffin believes his star player avoided anything serious.
Last season, Smiths Station became a one-dimensional offense because of the lack of a consistent rushing attack. This year, thanks to improvements on the offensive line and the reliability of K.J. Johnson at running back, the Panthers are more balanced and able to open up the playbook.
The Smiths Station offense is enjoying a more balanced approach this season thanks to improved offensive line play and running back K.J. Johnson. Panthers coach Jason Dukes discusses how Johnson has improved and become a reliable part of the offense in 2015.
Smiths Station football coach Jason Dukes returned to work on Wednesday in preparation for a game against Central after a brief hospital stay. He was admitted Sunday and cleared to return to work on Wednesday.
Kickers often get the blame for losses in football. A missed field goal or extra point can change a game’s result, and the one who missed it is an easy target — even if the offense or defense had opportunities to win the game in other areas. So it’s only fair to give a kicker his due when he gets the job done in a pressure-filled situation.
Central coach Jamey DuBose made sure his team knew two things after it lost 27-21 to Opelika on Friday at Garrett-Harrison Stadium. One, it was a non-region game with no impact on playoff standings, and the sun would rise again Saturday morning. Two, the Bulldogs “whipped” the Red Devils up front on both sides of the ball, and the latter needed to improve that area quickly as it re-enters region play against Smiths Station next week.
A soggy field resulted in a sloppy game as the two teams combined for 13 total turnovers on Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Carver somehow managed some offense in the second half to pull away for a 30-3 win to open Region 1-AAAAA play.
Shaw is strong across the board at the offensive skill positions. Quarterback B.J. Knight has already thrown four touchdowns. Nick Beason has scored six. And the wide receiver tandem of speedy Rodney Clark and tall Cam Paulding gives Knight two dangerous targets in the passing game.
Carver is almost always the favorite. Columbus is almost always expected to finish somewhere shy of the playoffs. This year, Columbus is the only team in Region 1-AAAAA that still hasn't suffered a loss, and Carver is feeling like it has something to prove after an up-and-down start to the season.
After losing a handful of leaders off of his defense from a year ago, Carver coach Joe Kegler said he has looked to a number of individuals to step up and take a bigger role. Senior defensive back Kobe Hatcher was exactly the kind of player he had in mind.
David Mitchell has covered high schools and athletes in the Bi-City area for three years for the Ledger-Enquirer. Prior to joining the Ledger-Enquirer, Mitchell worked at the Gainesville (Ga.) Times. He is a graduate of Starr’s Mill High School and the University of Georgia.