PREVIEW: Murphy vs. Davidson

Davidson Running Back Jermaine Preyear

Murphy faced Julio Jones and Foley High School last Saturday night, but Murphy managed to contain the No.1 college prospect in the Southeast. However, the Panthers blundered a punt snap and gave Foley the ball inside their own five yard line. The Panthers found it difficult to get out from a 14-0 deficit early. Murphy lost to Foley 35-17. New week--new challenge.


6A Murphy (0-1) vs. Davidson (1-0)

The competition week-after-week in the Mobile area is incredible. Coach Ronn Lee's senior quarterback Jamari Brady (5-11, 160) will lead the offense this week behind senior lineman Justin Daniels (6-2, 300), but the best player for Murphy is their inside linebacker, senior Jacoby Thomas (6-0, 200).

Thomas was awarded ASWA All-State as a junior after recording 125 tackles, 15 for a loss, three interceptions and eight sacks. Thomas reports scholarship offers from Alabama, Colorado, South Caorlina and Purdue.

Murphy is coming off a 9-3 season in 2006.
Davidson comes into this contest with a different vibe. The Warriors had an injury riddled season in 2006 and may have fallen victim to having too much talent. They finished the year at 6-5 against Prattville in the first round of the play-offs.

They won their first game in dominating fashion over LeFlore (0-1) 37-0. LeFlore went 2-7 in 2006, and this Murphy squad will give the Warriors a better test.

Coach Fred Riley has to replace division-one signees such as McNeil, Maye, Ambrose, Means and Henderson, but this regeneration is nothing new for them.

With a stable of running backs from sophomore-to-senior look for a ball control offense for this team. The one who will benefit is the leader of the backs, the University of Alabama commitment Jermaine Preyear (5-11, 195).

Preyear rushed for 897 yards with injuries during his junior year in 2006. He picked up where he left off last week with 123 yards on 11 carries.

Senior quarterback Quentin Pierce (6-2, 185) passed for 72 yards on three completions out of six tries producing two touchdowns. He also rushed for 166 yards on five carries with two more touchdowns.

This is a solid defense, but certainly a rebuilt squad. Junior defensive back Gerald West (5-11, 165) is one to watch.

This is a tough match-up, but once the game is over it will help clear the picture of Region 1 somewhat. Next week will really help clear the air when the Warriors face McGill-Toolen (1-0) who defeated UMS-Wright last week 47-0.

Rebecca's Take: Coach Lee's Murphy squad is not going to want to start the season 0-2, but I have to give the edge to Coach Riley's offense in this match-up and expect the Warriors to come out of the game (2-0).

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