Western has been thrashing their opponents with solid play on both sides of the ball. Offense is lighting it up with six running clocks and outscoring opponents 476-64. A few trash teams but impressive win against Palmetto and a 5-pt loss against a solid University School common opponent which clocked Columbus this year 35-0. Their defense has been lights out except for the STA game, recording 6 shutouts.
My Explorers on the other hand have had a solid season but performed well-below the initial hype in August. New coach, some lack of true leadership on the field, rare kicking woes (against Dillard in particular LOL!) and way too many penalties for an Explorer team. Starting QB hasn't progressed much if at all this year, new sophomore QB getting lots of reps because of it. Losses against BTW and U School are forgivable, but the blow outs in those games weren't. Defense just quit. They've got the tools offensively, but D is really suspect this year.
I see an exciting, high scoring game, and I'm not counting my Explorers out. That said, I think if Western gets out early, it could get ugly. I seen us fold once that happened twice this season The defense better get ready to play 4 quarters.
Prediction: 41-30, bad guys.
Didn't know that - maybe it's their time. They just have had a string of bad luck making out of the first two rounds. Last year they were comparable if not better than Columbus on paper, and they fell apart in that game: dropped TD passes, massive penalties in the first half and at least two pick 6 maybe 3 To's in all - all on their home field.
I'm not saying they can't pull it off, they CAN. but Coach Glenn can't have a showing like that against Vero. I think this years team is actually better than the one Columbus beat last year. And Columbus is worse!
I'd prefer not to cast a vote. Partially because I'm leaning towards thinking Armwood will take them. If I knew Lampkin and Glinton were going to play and be in the ballpark of 100%, it would make me feel more confident. But, my hunch is they won't play at all.
Regardless, this is a game where mistakes and big plays will make all the difference. Both teams are VERY capable of scoring with both their defense and special teams. It could get a bit lopsided if one of the teams gets a strip score, pick-6, punt block, kick return etc.