Jack Patterson and Rex Castillo are back with the Week 7 edition of the PrepZone Preview. This week’s show includes:
- Minor (2-3) at Auburn (5-0)- Auburn comes in to this matchup undefeated after thrashing Jeff Davis 51-23 last week. At this point, it seems all focus is starting to shift to a potential region title game on Oct. 26 at Central, which could be a top 5 matchup if both teams stay undefeated. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 171-55 so far. They’l face a Minor team that started the season on a three game losing streak, but has since won two straight by 7 points each. This will be the first ever meeting between these two Tigers.
- Bremen (4-0) at Callaway (4-1)- Callaway got back on track last week by shutting out Temple 49-0 last week. But this week could potentially decide the region championship, as the Cavaliers welcome Bremen into Callaway Stadium. The Blue Devils were a 3A Playoff team last year, going 9-2 with their only losses coming to eventual state champion Calhoun and perienneal power Lovett in the 1st Round. Bremen is coming off of a 79-0 destruction of Cross Keys, who fell to Callaway 50-0 on September 7th. Keep in mind that both teams have Heard County, the defending Region 5-2A champions, left on their schedule, in the last 3 weeks of the season.
- Northside (2-3) at Carver (5-0) – I don’t know if anyone saw this red hot start coming by Carver, with last week being a statement win over Columbus. The Tigers have gone from contender for the last playoff spot to region title threat. Carver is currently tied with Cairo (who hosts Columbus this week) atop the Region 1-4A standings at 3-0 (in region). The Tigers pay the Syrupmakers a visit next week at West Thomas Stadium in Cairo. As for Northside, after starting 2-0, it’s all fallen apart for the Patriots, losing three straight to Cairo, Westover and last week’s non region contest against Harris County. The road doesn’t get much easier (outside of next Thursday’s game vs Dougherty), as the Patriots close out the season at Americus-Sumter and games vs. Hardaway and Columbus. In essence, if the Patriots want to remain a big part of the playoff conversation, a win over Carver would go a long way.
- Pepsi PrepZone Game of the Week: Pacelli (3-2) at Brookstone (3-1) (Battle for the Broocelli Jug)- This is the 48th meeting, Cougars lead all time series 30-16-1. First game in 1972 (the tie game was in 1973, 13-13). Brookstone won 61-14 last season to make it 3 straight wins in the series. Since Blair Harrison (Brookstone coach) took over in his first stint (2003 season), Brookstone is 11-4. Harrison himself has only lost to Pacelli twice, his first two seasons in 2003 and 2004. After a 0-10 campaign last season, Mark LeGree has led his alma mater to its best start since 2015. Both teams get it done on the ground, with Jeremiah Burgess (Brookstone) and Kye Robichaux (Pacelli) both averaging over 100 yards a game. Brookstone still controls it’s own destiny to the Region 4-1A Title game, with games at Marion County and Manchester at home following this one. Brookstone enters this game tied for 23rd in the 1A Private Power Rankings, Pacelli 26th. Big game for both teams and their playoff futures.
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