Each Friday Topsail News Online’s Lee Wagner will give a breakdown of each game our four local high school football teams will play. The feature will include breakdowns for not only our local team but their opponents. Stay tuned each week
PENDER PATRIOTS AT TRASK TITANS
WHERE & WHEN: At Pender High School, Burgaw, 7:30 p.m.
COACHES: Pender – Tony Hudson, 2nd year (76-13); Trask – Bill Mercier (0-6).
SEASON’S RECORD: Pender is 4-5 with wins over Lakewood (38-17), Midway (46-13), Hobbton (52-0), and Topsail (22-20), and loses to WRH (28-14), James Kenan (40-20), Union (35-28), Whiteville (41-18), and North Brunswick (21-16). Trask is 0-9 after a 63-0 loss to James Kenan, a 41-0 loss to Union, a 24-6 loss to Hobbton, a 38-0 loss to WRH, a 27-3 loss to Lakewood, a 22-19 loss to Midway, a 42-14 loss to Ashley, a 26-14 loss to North Brunswick and a 16-13 loss to Topsail.
LAST PLAYED: Pender beat Trask 30-28 on Oct. 28, 2011.
COMMON OPPONENTS: Both teams have played their entire Tri-County 1A Conference schedule. Pender beat Lakewood, Midway, and Hobbton, and lost to James Kenan, Wallace-Rose Hill, and Union. Trask has lost all six conference games.
NEXT GAME: Pender & Trask will await NCHSAA 1A playoff bracket selection.
KEY PLAYERS FOR PENDER: Soph. FB Sam Dixon, QB Nickey Wells, OL/DL Kymothy Murphy, OL/DL Jacob Dew, RB/LB Caleb Johnson, WR/S Rashawn Deloach, RB/CB Julius Powell, G/DE Zach Jones, T/DE Andre Donaldson
KEY PLAYERS FOR TRASK: WR/FS Arthur Brown, WR/DB Ethan Bishoff, FB/LB Quan Brown, RB/DB Jakita Lane, RB/LB D. J. Love, TE/DE Kemodrick James, T/NG Josh Smith
FOR PENDER TO WIN: Line up and be ready to play and do not look past the Titans. This is a neighborhood rivalry game for bragging rights, and it is Trask’s senior night so they will be primed and ready to play. Run the offense smoothly, get Dixon involved early, and do not turn the ball over. Defensively, stop the run – the Titans have shown no ability to throw the ball s yet.
FOR TRASK TO WIN: Get fired up! This is probably the last game of the season unless a wildcard playoff berth is available to a winless (if they lose to Pender) team, so go all out. Run the ball and find some semblance of a passing game. Defensively, stop Dixon and see what happens.
TOPSAIL PIRATES AT SWANSBORO PIRATES
WHERE & WHEN: At Swansboro High School, Swansboro, 7:30 p.m.
COACHES: Topsail – Bryan Davis, 7th year (39-25); Swansboro – Tim Laspada.
SEASON’S RECORD: Topsail is 6-3 after wins over Richlands (41-6), Croatan (32-14), Clinton (28-14), South Lenoir (47-20), Ashley (26-7), and Trask (16-13), and losses to Pender (22-20), Northside (35-10), and East Duplin (26-21). Swansboro is 4-6 with wins over South Lenoir (34-14), Dixon (30-22), West Carteret (20-13), and Lejeune (27-6), and losses to East Duplin (24-6), Richlands (10-7 Ovt.), Clinton (54-28), Northside (38-0), Croatan (14-13 Ovt.), and Bertie (34-21).
LAST PLAYED: Topsail beat Swansboro 21-0 on Oct. 28, 2011.
COMMON OPPONENTS: Both teams have played their entire East Central 2A Conference schedule. Topsail lost to East Duplin and Northside, and beat South Lenoir, Clinton, Croatan, and Richlands. Swansboro lost to Richlands, Clinton, Northside, Croatan, and East Duplin, and beat South Lenoir.
NEXT OPPONENT: Topsail & Swansboro await NCHSAA 2A playoff bracket selection.
KEY PLAYERS FOR SWANSBORO: Sr. FB/LB Chris Martin, Jr. RB/SS Deandre Thompkins, Jr. QB/CB Chris Phipps, Sr. FB/LB Willie Ware, Jr. RB/LB Shane Hill, Sr. RB/OLB Kyle Lundgren.
KEY PLAYERS FOR TOPSAIL: Sr. RB/OLB Devin Williams, Soph. QB Austin Schoenleber, Sr. QB/WR/OLB Matt Gilgo, Sr. TE/DE Trevor Savidge, Sr. TE/LB Mason Kimmel, Sr. OL/DE Ben Houghton, Jr. OL/LB Jakeem Smith, Sr. PK Alex Webster, RB/LB Josh Jessup, RB Hunter Jacob.
FOR SWANSBORO TO WIN: This band of Pirates put up 235 yards on the ground in 14-13 overtime loss to Croatan, so they can run the ball, and they must do that against a solid Topsail defense in sustaining drives and keeping Pirates’ offense sidelined. Defensively, they held Croatan to minus-15 yards on the ground and that is another must – stop Topsail ground game. Honestly, Swansboro has to play a heck of a game because Topsail has a lot on the line.
FOR TOPSAIL TO WIN: Overcome some injuries sustained in win over Richlands. Pirates are fairly deep at RB so I think they will be okay. Just run the offense the way they did against Richlands and they will be fine, and do the same defensively. Stop Swansboro’s running game and go from there.
DIXON BULLDOGS AT LEJEUNE DEVIL PUPS
WHERE & WHEN: At Lejeune High School, Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.
COACH: Dixon – Ray Swaney, 4th year (16-27); Lejeune – Darryl Schwartz.
SEASON’S RECORD: Dixon is 6-3 after wins over East Carteret (41-16), Jones Sr. (27-13), Pamlico (37-14), Spring Creek (33-7), Princeton (24-20) and Mattamuskeet (34-0), and losses to Southwest Onslow (48-19), Swansboro (30-22) and North Duplin (28-24). Lejeune is 5-5 with wins over Pamlico (36-14), East Carteret (35-8), Jones, Sr. (20-7), Rosewood (41-15), and Spring Creek (42-14), and losses to Southwest Onslow (51-6), North Duplin (42-35), North Brunswick (54-8), Lakewood (28-8), and Swansboro (27-6).
LAST PLAYED: Lejeune beat Dixon 47-30 on Oct. 28, 2011.
COMMON OPPONENTS: Both teams have played their entire Coastal Plains 1A Conference schedule. Both have lost to SWO, and both have beaten everyone else. Both have beaten Spring Creek and both have lost to Swansboro and North Duplin.
NEXT GAME: Dixon & Lejeune await NCHSAA 1A playoff bracket selection.
KEY PLAYERS FOR LEJEUNE: RB Jamaz Richardson, FB Stephen DiCenso, QB Chad Collins, WR Chuckie Murdock.
KEY PLAYERS FOR DIXON: Sr. QB/S C. D. Hansley, Sr. C Travis Padgett, Sr. TE/DE Bryan Moore, Sr. T/DT Austin Rosensteel, Sr. DT Jake Strong, Sr. DT Eric Parker.
FOR LEJEUNE TO WIN: This has all the makings of an offensive shootout. Lejeune has scored 237 points (26.3 per game) and given up 260 (28.8 per game) and Dixon has scored 261 (27.8 per game) and given up 176 (18.5 per game). Richardson is a load and Lejeune ran for 370 yards on 50 carries (7.4 per carry average) in win over Pamlico. They must do that to keep Hansley and the Dixon offense on the bench. Defensively, stop Hansley and the Bulldogs’ ground game
FOR DIXON TO WIN: This one could come down to the better defense and the statistics say it is Dixon, but…………….in order to keep a good Devil Pups offense out of the end zone must top Richardson and Lejeune ground game. Offensively, move the ball, hold onto the pigskin, and finish drives with touchdowns.