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Game Day
Lake Co. @ Union City

  PLACE, TIME: War Memorial Stadium; 7:30 p.m.
2011 RECORDS: Lake Co. 4-2 (1-1); UC 3-4 (3-0).
COACHES (RECORDS):  Lake County: David Barger (50-43 in 9th season); Union City: Darren Bowling (137-76 in 18th season).
LAST MEETING: 2010 — Lake County won, 60-40.
SERIES RECORD — UC leads, 22-12.
KEY PLAYERS: Lake County — WR/RB Rafael Tyler, RBs Devon Jones, Ricky Boyd, WR Caleb Bledsoe, QB Nick Price. Union City — RB/LB Keylon Hyde, QB Travis Rutland OL/DL Joseph Shanks, Slot/SS Khiry Lewis.
  OUTLOOK: The Falcons have had an extra week to prepare and face a must-win matchup with the Tornadoes, who sit atop the District 14A standings all alone despite a sub.-500 overall record. LC has faced a weak schedule so far, five of their six opponents with one win or less, and the cumulative record of the teams they’ve beaten a paltry 3-22. There’s no questioning the athletic skill of Tyler, Jones and Boyd, though, all playmakers who scored in the Falcons’ offensive explosion a year ago vs. UC that represented the most points the Twisters had given up in 45 years. And stopping opponents has been rivaled only by their own turnovers as the Tornadoes biggest shortcoming so far. While giving up more than 32 ppg and well-over 300 yards-per-game, Union City has fumbled 32 times in seven games and is a minus-12 in turnover ratio. Unlike Lake County, the Twisters have faced quality opposition as all four of their losses have come vs. state-ranked competition. Entering the stretch runs of their respective seasons, both teams likely need at least two victories to qualify for the playoffs with district favorite Humboldt still remaining on both teams’ schedule.

Trenton @ South Fulton

  PLACE, TIME: SF Athletic Field; 7:30 p.m.
2011 RECORDS: Trenton 1-5 (1-1); SF 4-3 (2-1).
COACHES (RECORDS): Trenton: Kent Scott (40-45 in 8th season); South Fulton: Kelly Spivey (22-18 in 4th season).
LAST MEETING: 2010 — Trenton won, 45-6.
SERIES RECORD — Trenton leads, 4-0.
KEY PLAYERS: Trenton — QB Tyler Gadlin, RB  Javaris Powell, WR/DB Malik Doaks. South Fulton — FB/DL Cody Tatum, QB JaQuay Garmon, HB/SS J.P. Fowler, LB Willie Kneuppel.
OUTLOOK: Plain and simple, Peabody has one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel as far as making it to the playoffs. Not only must they win out against the foursome of SF, Humboldt, Halls and Greenfield, but the Tide must discover some semblance of offense to do so. Trenton scored another defensive touchdown against Union City last week, giving it five for the season, and meaning that roughly one-third of the team’s 94 points scored has come from the defensive side. SF, though, is on a roll. The Devils have won four straight against mostly-outmanned competition, but nonetheless find themselves two more victories away from a likely return to the playoffs for the third consecutive year. South Fulton is averaging nearly 40 ppg during its aforementioned victory streak, that run coming against foes with a combined 5-20 record to-date. The Redmen must make do this week, though, without slot/defensive back Harrison Hawks, the team’s No. 2 receiver who will be on a fall break family vacation. Hawks rejoined the program two weeks into the season after leaving before his freshman year when he’d shined during the team’s spring drills and offseason workouts. Published in The Messenger 10.7.11

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