Online exclusive: Week 5 football preview

Thu, 09/25/2008 - 12:03pm
By: Kevin Wandra

Landmark Christian War Eagles (3-1) vs. Fellowship Christian Paladins (2-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Landmark and Fellowship are tied with Whitefield Academy for first place in Region 5-A. Both Landmark and Fellowship are on winning streaks; Landmark has won three straight games, Fellowship two.

Landmark has an offensive edge — it's scoring 30.3 points per game to Fellowship’s 23.8 — and a significant defensive edge — it's allowing 11.8 points per game; Fellowship is allowing 37.5.

The War Eagles are led by one of the top two-way tandems in Class A, dual-threat quarterback/defensive back Tanner Bryant and running back/linebacker Andrew Glaize.

Bobby Waters and Josh Gephardt also have been difference-makers this season for the surging War Eagles.

Fellowship has one of the top running backs in the region in David Rawlings, who also starts at free safety, and reliable kicker/punter Jake Philpotts.

Landmark and Fellowship split their previous two meetings, with Fellowship defeating Landmark 24-17 last season and Landmark winning 49-21 in 2006.

Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats (1-2) vs. Eagles Landing Christian Academy Chargers (2-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Chargers, riding a two-game winning streak, have a considerable offensive and defensive edge over the Bobcats. ELCA is averaging 15.7 points per game to Mercy’s 8, and it has an even bigger advantage on the defensive side of the ball, allowing an average of 17 points per game to Mercy’s 31.5.

The game plan for Mercy is simple: Give standout quarterback William Pearl enough time to locate his go-to receiver, wide receiver/running back Jarrell Bankhead, and find a way defensively to clamp down on Chargers wide receiver Michael Boynton and running back Van Jakes.

Now, Mercy has to go out an execute its likely game plan against the Chargers, a difficult task for a team that still is coming together under first-year coach Chad Flatt.

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