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PREP CAPSULES: Edgewood last to represent, goes for No. 7




Staff Report
(November 20, 2015)

Only one team from the River Region remains in playoff contention.

Three guesses which team that might be.

Yes, it is the Edgewood Academy Wildcats going for their seventh-straight state title. At the same time, they will attempt to win a nation-leading 71 straight games (according to maxpreps.com).

The rest of the teams in the area have packed up the gear and are headed to the basketball courts or the wrestling mats.

This will be the final version of the Prep Capsules for 2015. Thanks for reading and see you next year.

 

 

 

 

Edgewood Academy vs Marengo Academy
What:
AISA Class AA Championship
When: Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Records: Edgewood Ac 12-0 (1 seed); Marengo Ac 10-1(1 seed)
Playoff results: Edgewood Ac def. Wilcox, 48-6, Clarke Prep, 49-12; Marengo Ac def. Macon East, 60-14; Pickens Ac, 48-7
Championship record: Edgewood Ac (6-4, last 2014 - def. Marengo); Marengo Ac (8-1 last 2014 - lost to Edgewood)
Key stat: Edgewood QB Nathan Rourke has completed 78 percent of his passes this season with 56 TDs (a state record) and only 2 interceptions.
Outlook: There has been little said about the Wildcats this season, mainly because they have gone about their business dominating as they are accustomed to. But a look at the statistics will also provide some intriguing stories, particuarly with Rourke, who came in for this one season and has been remarkable. He has thrown 215 passes and only two have been picked off. He averages almost 5 TD passes per game and normally doesn’t play in the fourth quarter (in some cases he doesn’t leave the locker room for the second half…). Add to the offensive abilities a defense that has given up less than 10 points per game. In last year’s championship, Edgewood handed Marengo its first-ever championship loss. While the Longhorns are good (they average 40 points per game themselves), they are not in the class of Edgewood. Then again, who is? Make it seven in a row…

Prediction: Edgewood 43, Marengo 21

 

 

 

 

Also this week…

McGill-Toolen (11-1) at Central-Phenix City (9-3) (7A): Will Central finally end its drought and make the championship game for the first time since 1993? Yep…Red Devils, 24-22.

Opelika (12-0) at Spanish Fort (12-0) (6A): Based on records alone, this one should be a doozy. But the Bulldogs are incredible this season. May not be a close as some think. In the "Battle of the Blackmon Brothers," Brian wins… Opelika, 28-17.

Bessemer City (8-4) at Benjamin Russell (11-1) (6A): The Purple Tigers have been the upstart team in the classification. But their string ends this week. Ben Russell, 35-13.

Andalusia (11-1) at Munford (9-3) (4A): The Bulldogs have turned into road warriors, playing their second straight away from home this week. Doesn’t faze them. Andy, 31-22.

Beauregard (11-0) at Jackson (12-0) (5A): Could be the best matchup of the third round at any level. No. 1 goes down… Beauregard, 37-30.

Monroe Academy (12-0) vs Bessemer Aca (13-0) (AAA Championship): Last team to score wins… Monroe Aca, 48-44.

Abbeville Christian (11-1) vs. Chambers Aca (10-2) (A Championship): Abbeville has been the class of the league all year. No reason to change that now… Abbeville Christian, 21-13.

 

Other games: Spain Park over Hoover (7A), 33-31; Demopolis over St. Paul’s (5A), 24-20; Leeds over UMS-Wright (4A), 36-31; Gordo over Bayside Aca (3A), 35-20; T.R. Miller over Hillcrest-Evergreen (3A), 24-20; Washington Co over Elba (2A), 25-24; Maplesville over Georgiana (1A), 35-27; Linden over Brantley (1A), 28–27

Last week: 21-1, Season: 182-62 (.746)


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