WHO: Princeton (7-1) at Greenbrier East (1-7) — AGAIN
WHERE: Spartan Stadium-Fairlea, WV
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 PM
LAST WEEK: Princeton (bye week) GE (lost to Parkersburg South 72-7)
ABOUT THE OPPONENT:
This is the second meeting of the season, and in the last 3-and-a-half weeks between the two schools. On Sept. 29, the Tigers defeated the Spartans 56-7 in Mercer County after scoring on their first two plays from scrimmage to set the tone. Since the first meeting, Princeton is 1-1, but their loss was a 56-42 decision to top 5 Hurricane.
The Greenbrier East Spartans will have their homecoming festivities during their second meeting with the Tigers this season. Princeton’s offense has not slowed down since the first meeting, and they may actually be even better on that side of the ball now. Coming off their biggest margin of defeat in school history, it will be interesting to see how Greenbrier East responds with all the side stuff going on as well.
Averaging 45.2 points per game, the Tigers are a threat to light up the scoreboard every time they step on the field. Their lowest scoring game this season was a 27-point effort against the Bluefield Beavers, but they won that game 27-6. Princeton still runs an offense that spreads teams out and their elite speed makes it relatively easy for them to rack up yards on the ground and through the air as they have one of the more balanced offenses in the state as they proved in this matchup the first time.
PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR PRINCETON:
QB- Chance Barker
RB- Marquel Lowe
WR- Domonick Collins
FLEX- Brad Mosser
PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR GREENBRIER EAST:
QB- Brody Hamric
RB/WR- Nate Suttle- if he plays
TE- Grant Burdette- if he plays
WR- Abram Wickline
DL- James McCraw
DL- Aiden Cole
KEYS TO THE GAME FOR THE SPARTANS:
Rebounding from the lopsided loss last week will be the biggest thing to watch in this game. With that loss, plus already getting blown out by Princeton once this year, will be worth watching the Spartans effort.
Let’s be honest. East is not supposed to win this game, and many think they cannot even compete. I do not think that is true. Coach Ray Lee wants nothing more for his team than to play these last two games with heart, hustle, and pride. If the Spartans can get Nate Suttle and Grant Burdette back from injuries, that may be the shot in the arm the team needs to hold their heads high and compete for 48 minutes this Friday night.
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