Beddingfield (8-3) at Bartlett Yancey (9-2)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
The Scoop: Eight-seeded Bartlett Yancey’s offense has been a double-edged sword this season. The Bucs have proven effective at flipping the switch this year, moving the ball on both the ground and through the air. Sophomore quarterback Brendan Nunnally (1,004 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, four rushing scores) and junior Quinton Noble (325 receiving yards, four touchdown receptions) anchor a strong passing game. Sophomore Devon Lipscomb (238 receiving yards, three touchdowns) can’t be left off the list either. Ninth-seeded Beddingfield has faced a ton of passing offenses so expect their ability to adapt to be a crucial deciding factor in this contest. Junior running back Michael Slade has anchored BY’s run game this season, rushing for 1,144 yards and 10 scores while his partner in crime, senior Jacob Scales (588 rushing yards, 10 scores) give the Bucs a distinct advantage on the ground. Defensively, BY will face a smash-mouth opponent in Beddingfield. The Bruins’ run game has carried nearly all the responsibility so far this season, representing 2,773 yards and 33 touchdowns. Junior Raekwon Batts will need a close eye as the halfback has rushed for 1,389 yards and 17 scores on the season. Senior back Jalil Hutcherson will be a threat as well as he picked up 671 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
PREDICTION: BARTLETT YANCEY 35 BEDDINGFIELD 21: The Bucs' twin-headed rushing and passing attack will give Beddingfield a hard time. If BY can keep its steady mix of run and pass going, the Buccaneers should live to fight another week. However, the Bruins have a potent dual-threat combo in Batts and Hutcherson. If BY has trouble slowing the two down, expect the Bucs to struggle a bit.