April 25, 2017

GAME PREVIEWS: Fairview Duels Camden Central; Page Welcomes White House; GCA Faces Huntland

GAME PREVIEWS: Fairview Duels Camden Central; Page Welcomes White House; GCA Faces Huntland

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Fairview (8-0, 4-0) at Camden Central (5-2, 3-1), 7 p.m. Friday*

The undefeated Fairview Yellowjackets travel Friday for possibly their biggest game of the season at Camden Central.

Fairview currently leads Region 6-3A with a 4-0 record, and the Lions, Cheatham County and Harpeth are all chasing at 3-1. In addition to the Yellowjackets taking on Camden Central, Cheatham County and Harpeth also face off Friday.

The key to Fairview’s fate against the Lions could come down to how its offense fares against a good Camden Central defense.

The Yellowjackets average 38 points per game behind running back Jake Beathard. The senior has gained 1,007 total offense yards (825 rushing) and he’s scored 14 total (13 rushing) touchdowns.

Camden Central, which gives up just 15 points per game, will be one of the better defenses Fairview has faced this season.

The Yellowjackets will also have to be on their game defensively. They give up 18.6 points per game, and the Lions average 27 points scored.

If Fairview wins Friday, it will square off against Harpeth with a chance to complete an undefeated regular season on Oct. 28.

White House (0-8) at Page (5-2), 7 p.m. Friday

The Page Patriots will put their four-game winning streak on the line Friday when White House comes to PHS for an out-of-region contest.

After starting the season 1-2, the Patriots have won four games in a row by an average of 20.75 points per game. Last week against Giles County, a strong offensive effort guided them to a 38-35 win on a late 23-yard field goal by Brent Cimaglia.

Page’s offense will again look to be efficient on Friday. Quarterback Jacob Van Landingham, who last week connected on 14-of-20 passes for 285 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, will aim to continue his growth. He has thrown for 1,295 yards and run for another 208 this season. He has 14 total (eight passing) touchdowns.

Freshman running back Bubba Johnson (667 yards rushing, eight touchdowns) will also aim to keep his strong season going against a White House defense that gave up 165 yards on 17 carries to Pearl Cohn last week.

The Patriots’ defense, after giving up 65 combined points the last two weeks, should iron out some kinks against a Blue Devil team that has scored more than 14 points just once this season.

Page should be looking at the game as a chance to fine-tune some things before taking on Marshall County next week to determine the Region 4-4A champion. The Tigers are also stepping out of conference this week for a matchup with Maplewood.

GCA (2-5, 2-4) at Huntland (4-4, 3-3), 7 p.m. Friday*

Grace Christian Academy’s fight to stay in the race for a postseason berth pitches the Lions against Huntland on Friday in a Region 4-1A matchup.

The Lions were graced with a bye last week after demolishing Mt. Pleasant 77-60 the week before. In that contest, quarterback Austin Amor had one of the best games you will ever see from a football player.

The junior racked up 482 all-purpose yards (226 passing, 116 rushing and 140 returning) in the win. He also accounted for nine total touchdowns.

Now with 1,328 yards passing and 498 yards rushing to go along with 13 TD passes this season, Amor will lead the Lions against a Huntland team giving up 31 points per game.

If Amor can get GCA’s offense rolling, the game could turn into a shootout. The Hornets average 34 points scored per game, while the Lions have given up 36 points per game.

Should GCA get the win, it will move to 3-4 in the region. The team currently in the fourth-place spot, Cornersville, currently is 4-2 in league play. The Bulldogs travel to the region’s second-placed team, Fayetteville (6-2, 5-1), Friday.

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