Last week: 0-0 (0-0 overall)
Blessed Trinity (0-0) at Westminster (0-0)
When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Alfred E. Thompson Stadium
Last time they met:Westminster leads series 6-3. Blessed Trinity defeated Westminster 25-20 on Aug. 24, 2012.
Scouting the matchup: Westminster faces a big challenge immediately in its season opener as it faces a Blessed Trinity team that advanced to the Class AAA state second round in 2012 and have beaten the Wildcats the last two years in a row. However, Westminster has the advantage in experience as its veteran lineup faces a younger and more inexperienced Titan squad that lost a number of key seniors from last year’s team. The key for the Wildcats is to contain Blessed Trinity running back Milton Shelton, who rushed for 894 yards and nine touchdowns in ’12. However, the Wildcats have some playmakers of their own on offense in running back Cameron Seward and quarterback Jake Forte and that, along with their edge in experience over a youthful Titan team, should make the difference.
Lakeside, DeKalb (0-0) at Holy Innocents’ (0-0)
When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Hoskyn Stadium (Riverwood)
Last time they met:Holy Innocents’ leads series 1-0. Holy Innocents’ defeated Lakeside, DeKalb 20-12 on Aug. 24, 2012.
Scouting the matchup: Holy Innocents’ plays far above it in classification in its season opener as the Class A Golden Bears host AAAAA Lakeside. However, the Bears face a Lakeside team that suffered through a 1-9 record and is entering the season with its fourth coach in as many years. With playmakers such as quarterback Luke Wright and running back Clay Pfohl, the Bears shouldn’t have a problem scoring against a Viking defense that allowed an average of 42 points a game in 2012.
Mount Pisgah Christian (0-0) at Mount Vernon Presbyterian (0-0)
When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon
Last time they met:Mount Pisgah leads series 1-0. Mount Pisgah defeated Mount Vernon 55-13 on Aug. 24, 2012.
Scouting the matchup:Mount Vernon enters the 2013 season with a new coach as Ryan Zimmerman makes his debut at the helm. The Mustangs are looking to bounce back from last year’s first-ever meeting between the two teams, which Mount Pisgah won 55-13. Mount Vernon will have its work cut out for it again against a Mount Pisgah squad that made it to the Class A private school state playoffs in 2012.
Woodward War Eagles (0-0) at Lovett Lions (0-0)
When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Conley-Oakley Field
Last time they met:Lovett leads series 9-8. Lovett defeated Woodward 7-3 on Aug. 24, 2012.
Scouting the matchup:Lovett opens the season again with Woodward in another battle between the two powerhouse Atlanta private schools. The Lions edged the War Eagles 7-3 in a defensive battle last year to take the series lead 9-8.The number one priority for the Lovett defense is to find a way to contain Woodward quarterback Terry Googer, who threw for 1,100 yards and completed 55 percent of his passes in 2012. But, standout cornerback and Vanderbilt commitment Grant Haley should give Googer a big challenge in the Lion secondary. The Lions will try to put some points on the board against a solid Woodward defense, with Haley at running back and quarterback Willie Candler.
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