South Sumter Raiders (0-0) at Madison County Cowboys (1-0)
Where: Boot Hill Stadium, Madison
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Radio: WMAF 92.5 FM/1230 AM, Madison
Coaches: Ty Lawrence, South Sumter; Mike Coe, Madison County
2007 (playoffs): Madison County 47, South Sumter 20
Skinny: The last time these two programs met almost 13 years ago it was for the right to go play for a state championship in Orlando. Since that time both programs have seen many great players come through the doors and saw a coaching change each during that stretch of time. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the messy schedules that have become a part of the normal life now, it has presented the opportunity for these two well-known programs to finally meet up – this time for a regular-season meeting. For the visiting Raiders, they are going to be relying on some great senior talent that has worked hard over the last few years and will be expected to lead the way. QB Garhett Miller (2021) is expected to lead the signal calling once again in 2020 had over 1,000 yards passing and 15 touchdowns in 2019. FB Malachi Presley (2021) will also help balance things out on offense and is likely to be the Raiders’ leading rusher. Defensively the Raiders have back Danny Browdy (2021) who racked up 84 tackles and five sacks in 2019 as well as All-State linebacker Trevor Moffitt (2021) who had 110 tackles and 9 sacks in 2019. Both Browdy and Moffitt are expected to be the leaders on defense. And last week South Sumter did get the 2020 season started with a 49-30 kickoff classic win against Wildwood. For the host Cowboys, they got their season started with a 47-0 thrashing next-door neighbor Jefferson County. QB Mitch Rutherford (2022) who has stepped into the signal calling position, filling the shoes of FloridaHSFootball.com’s Class 1A Player of the Year in 2019, Vinsonta Allen. Rutherford went of 11-of-12 passing for 135 yards and four touchdowns in the opener last week while WR Zechariah “ZJ” Jones (2021), who was an All-State selection in 2019, had five receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
Joe Pinkos’ Forecast: Madison County by 16
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