Powerful running games featured in Creek-Ridge clash

Powerful running games featured in Creek-Ridge clash
September 19, 2013, 11:45 am
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Craig Sager II, Score Atlanta

Mill Creek (Ga.) at Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) 

In this battle of unbeatens, both offenses have the ability to pound the football. Mill Creek enters the matchup averaging 268 rushing yards per game and Peachtree Ridge features all-purpose back Jordan Ellis, a Virginia commitment who has gained 314 yards rushing this season. Peachtree Ridge uses the talented Ellis to pace the game, while Mill Creek rotates an array of ball carriers. DeVozea Felton, Daniel David, Jonathan Hawkins and Carter Governale have each contributed to 11 rushing touchdowns by the Hawks this season. Peachtree Ridge holds the advantage with its skill players and quarterback Chance Thrasher has 6-foot-3 wideouts Myron Burton and Brandon Johnson joining a cast of seven targets who have grabbed receptions this season. 

Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) at Boyd Anderson (Fla.) 

Undefeated Cardinal Gibbons takes on an 0-3 Boyd Anderson squad desperate for a win.  Class 7A Boyd Anderson has equaled its loss total from last year’s 10-3 season and will count on wideout David Senior to spark the offense. Class 5A Cardinal Gibbons has Washington State-commit Peyton Bender quarterbacking the offense with a talented trio of receivers to throw to. Wideout Trevon Lee has picked up right where he left off from his 11 touchdown junior year and holds offers from Cal, Vandy and Stanford. Wide receiver Christian Blake is committed to Northern Illinois and teammate George Rushing is committed to Louisville. Boyd Anderson cornerback Derrick Tindal holds offers from Cincinnati, Marshall and Pittsburgh and will need to have a career night to slow down the Chiefs’ aerial assault. 

Byrnes (S.C.) at Clinton (S.C.) 

Byrnes is coming off a heartbreaking 42-35 overtime defeat in to top-ranked Northwestern (S.C.). Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley has passed for 18 touchdowns and ran for three more during the Rebels’ 2-1 start. Byrnes is averaging 58.3 points per game and wide receiver Shaedon Meadors has nine touchdown receptions in the three games. Clinton quarterback Landon Allison will be matched up with one of the best gunslingers in the country in Bentley and will look to get on the board after the Red Devils’ 41-0 loss to Byrnes last season. 

Father Ryan (Tenn.) at Ensworth (Tenn.) 

Father Ryan travels to Ensworth averaging 229.3 rushing yards per game. This will be an interesting matchup as Ensworth has two of the best run-stoppers and one of the top defenses in the state. Defensive tackles Michael Sawyer (Vanderbilt commit) and Xavier Forrest are 300-pounders and the secondary features Tennessee’s No. 1-ranked junior recruit Rico McGraw and the No. 4 Class of 2015 recruit, Donavan Sheffield (Vanderbilt commit). Ensworth’s offense is paced by powerful 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back D’Andre Ferby, who has rushed for nine scores this season. 

Northridge (Ala.) at Hoover (Ala.) 

It is hard to pinpoint whether the offense or defense of 3-0 Hoover has been more dominant. The Buccaneers have outscored this season’s trio of opponents 122-10 and the 10 points were given up in the first half of the season opener against out-of-state opponent Colquitt County (Ga.) in Hoover’s 24-10 comeback win. Hoover cornerback Marlon Humphrey is the No. 1-ranked recruit in Alabama and the talented Buccaneers’ defense will look to corral Northridge’s 6-foot-4 tight end Cyontai Lewis. The region opponents squared off last season with Hoover winning 55-7. 

Miramar (Fla.) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) 

Undefeated Miramar’s secondary features 4-star junior cornerback Tyrek Cole and 6-foot-1 safety Andre Godfrey. The St. Thomas Aquinas defense held 2013 national champion Curtis (La.) scoreless for three quarters last week before claiming a 27-13 win in the Superdome. Offensively Madre London rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns for St. Thomas Aquinas and quarterback Wade Freebeck tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Devante Peete. Miramar has offensive weapons of its own including running backs Cameron Rigby and Alex Anderson, who holds offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Wisconsin. Miramar stretches the field with 4-star junior wideout Khalil Lewis and won this matchup last year 27-24.

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