Looking ahead at Oct. 19 prep football

Looking ahead at Oct. 19 prep football

October 15th, 2012 by Ward Gossett in Sports - Preps

Cleveland (5-3, 3-1) at Bradley Central (5-3, 3-1)

An early peek: How much do the Blue Raiders or Bradley have left in the tank and who wants the postseason more? These questions are secondary, though, to who wants to brag for a year. The teams have split the last four years with Bradley the most recent winner, 18-0 in 2011. It was the first shutout in the series since a 23-0 Cleveland win in 2005. While he has turned some heads with Cleveland's five wins, new coach Ron Crawford could really entrench himself in the community with a victory. The top attractions should be the quarterbacks, the Bears' Bryce Copeland and Cleveland's Austin Herink, unless Bradley is able to establish its power running game, which was just enough for a six-point victory last week over Walker Valley, the other rival with a Cleveland address.

East Hamilton (7-1, 5-0) at Red Bank (4-4, 4-1)

An early peek: Two teams stand between the visiting Hurricanes and their first district championship -- Red Bank this week and Howard next week. East Hamilton has benefited greatly from running back Logan Jackson, who has yet to miss a 100-yard rushing performance, but quarterback Hunter Moore has been a versatile key while remaining in the background. Although they'll have to play better than they did in last week's win over Howard, Red Bank's Lions are capable of offering a challenge if they can play turnover-free.

South Pittsburg (6-2) at Polk County (6-2), 8

An early peek: Excluding a forfeit win, the visiting Pirates have lost two of their last three -- 54-53 to Class 4A Signal Mountain and then last week to Boyd-Buchanan, the state's top-ranked Class 2A team. South Pittsburg may still enter the Polk County challenge with the state's top Class 1A billing. However, Wildcats coach Derrick Davis doesn't miss much and he surely noticed that Signal beat the Pirates in a shootout by going up-tempo and Boyd-Buchanan won by dominating the line of scrimmage. The question is whether or how often Polk can contain Pirates speedsters Jajuan Lankford and Demetric Johnson. If push comes to shove, South Pittsburg might try quarterback Jake Stone's passing game. Conversely, Polk is without its quarterback for at least another couple of weeks and will have to rely again on its offensive line and running back Zach Miller, who exceeded 400 yards rushing in a big District 5-AA win over Sequoyah.

(All kickoffs at 7:30 EDT unless noted)

Baylor (5-3, 2-3) at Pope John Paul II (3-5 1-3), 8

Brainerd (1-7, 0-5) at Hixson (5-3, 4-1)

Central (2-6, 1-4) at East Ridge (1-7, 1-4)

Chattanooga Christian (1-7) at Marion County (7-2), 8

Copper Basin (6-2) at Lookout Valley (5-4)

Grundy County (5-3) at Grace Academy (1-7)

Maplewood (5-4) at Boyd-Buchanan (8-0)

McCallie (4-3, 3-2) at Montgomery Bell Academy (5-3, 3-2), 8

McMinn County (7-1, 4-0) at Soddy-Daisy (2-6, 1-4)

Notre Dame (6-2) at Whitwell (1-8), 8

Stone Memorial (2-6) at McMinn Central (4-5)

Sweetwater (5-3) at Bledsoe County (2-6), 8

Tyner (5-3, 3-2) at Howard (2-6, 2-3)

Walker Valley (4-4, 1-3) at Rhea County (1-7, 0-4)

GEORGIA

Dalton (4-3, 1-1) at LaFayette (1-5, 1-1)

Southeast Whitfield (1-5, 1-1) at Heritage (0-6, 0-2)

Ridgeland (5-1, 2-0) at Northwest Whitfield (4-2, 1-1)

Lakeview-F.O. (4-2, 1-2) at Coahulla Creek (2-4, 1-2)

North Murray (4-2, 1-2) at Ringgold (3-3, 1-2)

Gordon Central (6-0, 3-0) at Cartersville (6-0, 3-0)

Sonoraville (1-5, 0-3) at Adairsville (4-2, 2-1)

Chattooga (2-4, 2-1) at Coosa (1-5, 1-2)

Murray County (0-6, 0-3) at Calhoun (6-0, 3-0)

Armuchee (1-5, 1-2) at Dade County (0-6, 0-3)

Gordon Lee (5-1, 2-0) at Darlington (4-2, 2-0)

Southwest Atlanta Christian (0-6, 0-2) at Trion (4-2, 0-2)

ALABAMA

Fyffe (7-0, 5-0) at North Sand Mountain (6-1, 5-0), 8

Gaston (0-7, 0-5) at Ider (4-3, 2-3), 8

North Jackson (5-2, 4-1) at J.O. Johnson (6-1, 3-1), 8

Scottsboro (1-6, 1-4) at Columbia (1-6, 0-5), 8