Easton at James M. Bennett – Friday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.
Shawn Yonker (15-3): The Warriors are 0-3 heading into this one and their schedule gets no easier moving forward. Bennett (2-1) somehow managed to pull out last week’s win against Nandua despite a plethora of turnovers. James M. Bennett, 24-21
Ryan Marshall (15-3): Easton can’t really lose a fourth straight right? The Warriors lost a lot of talent last year and the Clippers return a bunch. This is a must-win game for the Clippers if they want to be in the race. Easton, 27-26
Justin Odendhal (12-2): Easton is struggling this year but so are most phases of the Clippers despite the winning record. Warriors take this to get their first win of the year with a strong second half. Easton, 24-10
Mitchell Northam (15-3): The Clippers escaped a close one against Nandua last week, but I’m not so sure that they will be so fortunate this week against an Easton team who will be doing everything in their power to not stumble to 0-4. Easton, 26-21
Snow Hill at Washington – Friday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.
Yonker: A pair of struggling Class 1A squads will battle it out this week. The Jags were shut out 70-0 at Queen Anne’s last week, while Snow Hill dropped a home game to Arcadia. Is it considered an upset if I take Washington in this one? Washington, 7-6
Marshall: Battle of winless teams, it’s good that someone is going to come out with the W. It could be high scoring, it could be low scoring but I’m going to continue to pick the Eagles until they win one. Snow Hill, 21-20
Odendhal: Both programs have new coaches, both programs are winless and both programs have athletes that can take it to the house on any given play. It’s a toss-up but the Jaguars will get Coach Greg Lasinski his first win. Washington, 20-10
Northam: This game might be Snow Hill and Washington’s only opportunities for wins this season. Snow Hill has proved to be a bit scrappier than the Jaguars so far this season, but can they perform on the road? Snow Hill, 18-17
Stephen Decatur at Kent Island – Friday, Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m.
Yonker: The undefeated Seahawks are coming off a win at Easton and have been one of the surprises in the Bayside Conference. We knew they could play defense, but could they score? They have. The Buccaneers are 2-1 under new coach Damian Ferragamo on a nice ride to start his first season at the helm of the perennial power. Taking the surprise. Stephen Decatur, 24-21
Marshall: This is my game of the week. Kent Island has been the real deal over the past few years and the Seahawks are emerging as a Bayside South contender. The offensive line has been the key for Decatur and the game will tilt on their ability. Kent Island is too tough to travel to though and the Seahawks pickup their first loss. Kent Island, 28-21.
Odendhal: Riding a three-game winning streak the Seahawks head north to take on the perennial power now headed by a 4A state champion coach. The power running game will bang and bruise its way to an overtime upset over the Buccanners. Stephen Decatur, 31-28 (OT)
Northam: The Seahawks are rolling, but it has always been difficult for any team to travel to Queen Anne’s County and steal a win from the Buccaneers or Lions. The Seahawks seem up to the task, but the Buccaneers will be eager to rebound after last week’s loss to North Caroline. Kent Island, 30-24
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Sussex Central at Queen Anne’s – Friday, Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m.
Yonker: The Lions are 2-1 holding wins against Bennett and Washington. They dropped a heartbreaker to Kent County 46-45 on opening night. They are tough at home, but Central is 1-1 after falling last week on the road at Interboro, Pennsylvania. Queen Anne’s, 17-14
Marshall: Sussex Central went to Interboro High School in Pennsylvania and competed with a tough team, losing 26-6 but the score was 6-6 in the third quarter. With another tough game against Queen Anne’s, head coach John Wells will have his team ready to play. The tough, physical run game gets going and the defense holds on. Sussex Central, 28-26.
Odendhal: After allowing 46 points to be scored in a season opening loss at Kent County, Queen Anne’s has allowed seven points while scoring 121. The Golden Knights aren’t slackers by any means but the Lions are ferocious. Queen Anne’s, 45-20
Northam: As I have said before, it’s tough for an opposing football team to leave Queen Anne’s County with a win. However, despite losing last week, Central has demonstrated the ability to run the ball effectively and halt opposing high-powered offenses. They have all the tools to leave the Lion’s Den with a win. Sussex Central, 18-14
Laurel at Sussex Tech – Friday Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Yonker: One week away from the Route 13 Delaware Super Bowl against Delmar, the Bulldogs travel to Sussex Tech. Both teams made the playoffs last season and this could be an important win for either one. Senior back Traevon Nixon leads the way for the Bulldogs so far this season with 188 yards and a pair of TDs. He’ll need to be on his game against the Ravens D. Laurel, 20-17
Marshall: Tech is really on a roll. Laurel has a shot in the game but Tech’s size advantage – similar to Central’s 21-0 win against the Bulldogs – might be exploited by the Ravens’ running game. If Tech starts rolling on the ground, it could be a long day for Laurel. Sussex Tech, 35-28
Odendhal: The Raven’s Nest is one of the most difficult stadiums to play in the state, with a huge student section and a booming band. Laurel is confident after winning at St. E’s but confidence doesn’t beat powerhouses, they’ll simply be overpowered by depth. Sussex Tech, 36-17
Northam: Momentum is on the side of the Ravens after two wins to start the season. These sides haven’t met since 2012 and Laurel won by 10. I’m thinking the reverse will be true in 2015. Sussex Tech, 30-20
Caravel at Delmar – Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Yonker: Both of these teams are off to a start to the season they’d rather forget, having each suffered a pair of losses. Delmar’s come at the hands of Maryland high school’s while Caravel fell to Concord in Week 1 and then dropped a 7-3 game against Elkton, Maryland at home. Wildcats can’t look ahead to Laurel, and Kavon Trader will need a big game. Delmar, 28-26
Marshall: The 7-3 loss to Elkton is worrisome for the Buccaneers. Delmar is finally home after two tough road trips against teams across the bridge in Maryland. The Wildcats’ loss against St. Mary’s (27-25) is a good one, meaning they will get their first win Friday. Delmar, 24-21
Odendhal: Prepping the last two weeks by playing across the bridge will have Delmar in good shape for its home opener. Caravel has also had two tough games and are eager to get in the win column in Wildcat country but will come up dry. Delmar, 17-14
Northam: After being beaten down by two Maryland powers to start the season the Wildcats are ready for Henlopen competition. They will get their first win this week if they focus on the task at hand. It’s not Laurel week quite yet. Delmar, 29-20
Colonel Richardson at Parkside – Saturday, Sept. 27, 12:00 p.m.
Yonker: Parkside’s backfield duo of Trajon Branch and Tavon Downing combined for four scores amassed 270 yards behind the Rams line. Coach Brendan Riley called them out by name after the win and will be ready again this week. Parkside, 37-9
Marshall: This could be a trap game for the Rams coming off a big win. The Colonels have been putting up points in bunches but giving them up too. Rams will need to control the clock and run the ball downhill. Both things they do really well. Rams hold off Colonels’ offense for a win. Parkside, 35-28.
Odendhal: An explosive start last week against Kent County made Colonel look like they were ready to escape the cellar, unfortunately for them they’ll be facing a Parkside defense with something to prove after the close game with Wi-Hi. Parkside, 44-13
Northam: I can’t remember the last time Parkside started 4-0 and I can’t remember the last time I felt good about Colonel Richardson possibly upsetting a Salisbury school. One or the other will happen on Saturday. The Colonels gave Kent County a scare last week – even leading them at one point – while Parkside came back against Wi-Hi. Call it wishful thinking or call me a homer, but despite taking a loss against Kent County, I like Colonel’s momentum and their chances of heading back to Federalsburg on Saturday with a W. Colonel Richardson, 35-32
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