Mt. Spokane vs. Rogers @ Albi = With the #8th ranked Wildcats finishing up the season with lower tier 3A foes, look for some new faces to show up in the box scores in the next few weeks. Similar to last year, with Mt. Spo doing the heavy 4A lifting early in the year, it gives them the luxury to get healed up before the playoffs start. At this point last year, names like Green, Blumenthal, and Naccarato started getting some turf time. The Wildcats minor leaguers should get a shot to play in this one as the Pirates are themselves building for the future. Soph RB Luke Rogers has been the workhorse for the boys in purple for most of the year. Look for him to again see plenty of carries tonight. Mt. Spo wins 42-7.
Ferris vs. LC @ Albi = The old South Hill Rivalry gets kicked off Friday Night at 8pm. Last year, heavily favored Ferris was upset by their cross-hill rival. I don’t expect that to happen again this year. With Ferris on its way to a possible undefeated regular season, just not enough fight in the 2010 Tigers to put those plans in jeopardy. Both teams are just shells of their squads in ’09. LC has played inconsistent to this point and Ferris is finding running/defense the key to the success this season. Hard to believe that last year Halliday was tossing the rock nearly 50 times a game and last week, the Saxons had over 50 rushing attempts. Ferris’ RB Heidinger comes into the game the 3rd leading rusher in the league (724yds), so look for him to get a bulk of the carries vs. this Black-&-Orange defense that has struggled vs. the rush most of the season. Ferris 35-0.
Shadle Park vs. U-Hi @ U-Hi = If you like points, you may want to head out to the Valley and catch this one. Neither team can play a lick of defense but both have found pay-dirt this season on occasion. In the last few weeks, we have seen a vertical SP offense attempt to show signs of things to come in the future. With former GSL record setting QB Joel Clark in charge of the play calling these days, look for them to continue to ‘sling it’ in hopes to land the Little Rypien kid coming-up in a few years. The best kept secret in the GSL this year ??? Easy. Mr. Jory Zettle. Titan RB Zettle has rushed for 1,080 yds (7yd avg) 10 Td’s and those numbers are smothered by what the Mid-West Express is putting up in the Logan Neighborhood. Zettle has a 200+ game as the Titans outscore the Highlanders 48-28.
NC vs. CV @ CV = Which Bear team is going to show up this week??? The one that played against G-Prep a few weeks back??? Or the one who blew up Shadle Park in the 1st half last week??? The Air attack of NC invades Veradale and will put CV’s DB’s to test as a playoff birth is still in reach. The Bears rank last in pass defense in the GSL and the Indians rank #1 in passing offense in the GSL. Despite what that statistic would make you believe, since the SP win early on, NC seems like a different team. Unfortunately, a winning culture is hard to build upon when teams get complacent. Zach Hill is 300+ yards away of breaking Jesse Etter’s all-time school record. Bears should again do what they do and run away with this one in the 3rd Qtr. Garcia has a field day on the ground Bears 37-14.
G-Prep vs. Mead @ Albi = If Bishop Sankey is going to become the All-Time GSL Career Rushing Leader, he is going to have to do it the final 2weeks vs. the #1 & #2 rush defenses in the league. About the only thing the Panthers have been consistent on this season has been defending the run. All year long they have made teams earn every yard via the rush. However, last week might have been a prelude of what might come about when the Mid-West Express goes up against these Panthers. In the 2nd half of last weeks game vs. Ferris, Heidinger & Galloway found great success attacking this defense between the tackles. Where does Mr. Sankey love to run ??? Yep right up the middle. Last week score vs. Ferris was close, but take away the 3rd play from scrimmage 70+ yd td pass & a pick-6 and you have a struggling Mead offensive attack. Sankey yes will be key, but look for the improving Pup defense to be the decider in this one. Since the Week 2 loss to Mt. Spokane, this Pup defense might be the most improved group in the league. Their young players have matured and their vets are starting to come up big in the 2nd half of the year. With the possibility of Mattingly & Bailey out of the Panther line-up with head injuries, look for a struggling Mead offense (2nd to last in the league) to be less of a threat. Sankey gets contained but still has a solid game to build on his (1,796yds). GP 27-13