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Weekly Football Forecast--Week 2
by Greg Oshust
August 30, 2013 01:52 PM | 1161 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lovett, Westminster, Holy Innocents’ and Mount Vernon Presbyterian opened their seasons last week and the rest of the area’s teams follow suit in the first full week of games. The biggest matchups are Westminster at St. Pius X and Lovett at Blessed Trinity.



Last week: 3-1 (3-1 overall)



Westminster Wildcats (0-1) at St. Pius X Golden Lions(0-0)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at George B. Maloof Stadium

Last time they met:St. Pius X 21, Westminster 3 on Aug. 31, 2012 (Wesminster leads series 23-5).

Scouting the matchup: Westminster will be trying to bounce back from its 18-0 season-opening loss to Blessed Trinity last week. It will be easier said than done for the Wildcats as they go on the road to face a St. Pius X squad coming off of a runner-up finish in Class AAA last year and which currently holds a nine-game home winning streak. Westminster was stymied last week by a tough Blessed Trinity defense and its offense, led by running back Cameron Seward and quarterback Jake Forte, will be similarly challenged by a Golden Lion defense that features safety and Auburn commitment Nick Ruffin as well as linebacker and Division I prospect Daniel Crochet

Prediction:St. Pius X



Lovett Lions (1-0) at Blessed Trinity Titans (1-0)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Blessed Trinity Stadium

Last time they met:Lovett 24, Blessed Trinity 7 on Aug. 31, 2012.

Scouting the matchup: Lovett looks to keep its momentum going after opening the season with a 21-14 victory over Woodward last week. The Lions face another tough challenge in week two against a Blessed Trinity squad that began its season with an 18-0 win over Westminster. Lovett hopes for another big performance from running back Jay Harris, who rushed for 148 yards in the win over Woodward. With Harris joining running back Grant Haley and quarterback Willie Candler as offensive threats, the Lions certainly have the firepower to match up with Blessed Trinity and its standout running back Milton Shelton

Prediction:Lovett



Clarke Central Gladiators (0-0) at Marist War Eagles (0-0)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Hughes-Spalding Stadium

Last time they met: Marist 30, Clarke Central 13 on Aug. 31, 2012 (Marist leads series 1-0).

Scouting the matchup:Marist begins its quest for another deep state playoff run after last year’s Class AAA semifinal appearance. The big question for the War Eagles is how new quarterback Chase Mortensen does as he replaces departed Boston College signee Myles Willis. Marist will be facing a Clarke Central team that will try to bounce back from a 5-6 record in its first season in AAAAA in 2012 after three consecutive double-digit win seasons, including a runner-up finish in AAAA in 2009.

Prediction:Marist



Holy Innocents’ Golden Bears (1-0) at Wesleyan Wolves (0-0)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Henderson Stadium

Last time they met:Holy Innocents’ 10, Wesleyan 9 on Aug. 31, 2012 (The series is tied 4-4).

Scouting the matchup:Coming off of its 28-14 season-opening win over Class AAAAA team Lakeside of DeKalb, Holy Innocents’ plays above its Class A classification again as it goes on the road to take on AA Wesleyan, a Region 6AA rival of Lovett and Westminster. The Golden Lions have always matched up well against Wesleyan and this year is no exception, with running back Clay Pfohl, who ran back the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown last week, and quarterback Luke Wright leading a potent offense. .

Prediction:Holy Innocents’



Pace Knights (0-0) at Whitefield Wolfpack (0-0)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Whitefield Stadium

Last time they met:Pace 24, Whitefield 8 on Aug. 31, 2012 (Pace leads series 3-2).

Scouting the matchup: Pace begins a new era as new coach Chris Slade makes his debut at the helm. It will be a veteran and talented Knights squad, led by RB/DB Denzel Franklin and quarterback Kevin Johnson going up against a younger Whitefield squad that graduated 18 seniors from last year’s squad. Both teams are strong at the skill positions, so it has the potential to be a close-fought battle.

Prediction:Pace



Cambridge Bears (0-0) at Riverwood Raiders (0-0)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Hoskyn Stadium

Last time they met:Riverwood 48, Cambridge 0 on Aug. 31, 2012 (Riverwood leads series 1-0).

Scouting the matchup: Riverwood looks to begin another strong start to the season, like its 5-0 start in 2012. An opening-game victory appears likely for the Raiders, who face a young Cambridge program that is beginning its second season of varsity action. With potent playmakers like quarterback Grant Drakeford and running back Tyler Blake, the Raiders should have no trouble getting off to a 1-0 start.

Prediction:Riverwood



North Springs Spartans (0-0) at McIntosh Chiefs (0-0)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at McIntosh Stadium

Last time they met: McIntosh 51, North Springs 6 on Aug. 31, 2012 (McIntosh leads series 1-0).

Scouting the matchup:North Springs begins its rebuilding process under new coach Steve Horton as it tries to break its 33-game losing streak and win its first contest since 2009. With an inexperienced and not very deep team, victory might be elusive for the Spartans for the time being, however. Week-to-week improvement and staying healthy are the main objectives for North Springs as it begins the 2013 season.

Prediction:McIntosh



Stone Mountain Pirates (0-1) at North Atlanta Warriors (0-0)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Grady Stadium

Last time they met:Stone Mountain 21, North Atlanta 14 on Aug. 31, 2012 (Stone Mountain leads series 7-2).

Scouting the matchup:North Atlanta begins the process of trying to bounce back from last year’s 1-9 season. Things are looking promising for the Warriors in their season-opener as they play a Stone Mountain which they played one of their best games of the 2012 season against in a 21-14 loss. However, they will have to contain the Pirates’ athletic and talented offensive skill players, so it will be a tough challenge for them..

Prediction:Stone Mountain



Mount Vernon Presbyterian Mustangs (0-1) at St. Francis Knights (0-1)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis

Last time they met:Mount Vernon 35, St. Francis 28 on Aug. 31, 2012 (Mount Vernon leads series 1-0).

Scouting the matchup:Mount Vernon got off to a rough start with a 48-14 loss to Mount Pisgah in new coach Ryan Zimmerman’s debut. The Mustangs could have better luck against a St. Francis team that it beat 35-28 last year and lost its season-opener to Prince Avenue Christian 54-7 last week..

Prediction:St. Francis

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