The Patriots will play physical football with a defense led by defensive back Eric Collins. The Patriots held Mountain Brook to 14 points in the first week, and Buckhorn to only 15 last Friday night. That turned out to be good enough to earn the Patriots a 17-14 win over Mountain Brook, but wasn't enough to hang on for the win over Buckhorn.
The offense will line up and run it straight at you with two returning starters in the backfield in Warren Wilkins and Thad Everson. It also helps to have three returning starters on the offensive line from last season's 7-5 squad.
As Coach Brown told all of us last week in our ScoutSouth.com chat session, "it's all about discipline." And that's exactly what he expects out of his Patriots.
On the other side of the coin Coach Kevin Wieseman will lead his Huntsville Panthers into Friday night's contest with most of his skill position players returning from last year's play-off team. The wide open, fast paced, no huddle offense is led by returning quarterback, J.B. Economy. The receiving corps will feature A.J. Walker (Super All-Metro last season) and high-profile prospect Quindarius Carr. Grant Streams led the team in rushing in 2005 and returns again this year.
The Panther defense was hit hard by graduation, but has played fairly well to this point in the young season. The anchor of the defense is last season's All-City defensive back, Wesley Neighbors.
The Panthers also bring a 1-1 record into the game. The Panthers defeated Austin High 20-3 last Friday, while losing the first week of the season to the Red Raiders of Decatur in a one point affair.
This game is probably a "pick em," but since I'm a sucker for smash mouth football I'll pick the Patriots.
Other Patriots to watch are Jordan Busing, Bobby Jordan and Thomas Denny, to name a few.
Other Panthers to watch include Jimmy Eye, Matt Hendricks and George Lankford.
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