Lowndes Vikings (6-4, 2-3) vs. McEachern Indians (9-1, 6-0)
Friday, November 13, 2015
Walter H. Cantrell Stadium
Powder Springs, GA
Regular Season Stats:
Lowndes: 34.0 points per game; 19.5 points allowed per game
McEachern: 34.8 points per game; 7.1 points allowed per game
Continuing our playoff previews, the second game will see head coach Randy McPherson’s Lowndes Vikings taking I-75 North to clash with the McEachern Indians in first-round action from Walter H. Cantrell Stadium.
The Vikings showed no mercy in defeating the Tift County Blue Devils on the road in the season finale. Lowndes’ win solidified their stance as the fourth and final playoff-bound team from Region 1-AAAAAA; due to their seeding, they are now slated to face the number-one team from Region 4-AAAAAA.
Regardless of seeding, however, this game is sure to be an exciting one. This will be the fifth meeting of the two schools on the gridiron; McEachern has taken the last two in close contests. They defeated Lowndes, 20-13, in 2011 and pulled off a nailbiting 23-22 win in 2010.
The Indians are on a roll; after a narrow Week Three loss to Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.), they have won seven straight games, each by 17 points or more. Their defense is stingy, led by four-star senior defensive lineman Julian Rochester; the Vikings will have to be firing on all cylinders to keep the Indians humble on that side of the ball. After an impressive week to close out the regular season, senior running back Dezmon Copeland can be expected to shoulder his share of the load for the Vikings’ offense.
The winner of Friday’s game will move on to the next round to face either the Etowah Eagles (Woodstock, Ga.) or last year’s runner-up, the Archer Tigers (Lawrenceville, Ga.) on November 20.
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