High School football Friday finals

November 22, 2012 

DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP:

CHRIST CHURCH CAVALIERS

VS. JOHNSONVILLE FLASHES

Friday at Benedict

This will be the only battle of unbeatens in any of the championship matchups and may be the best of all the classes. Christ Church has held the top spot in the SCVarsity.com Top 10 Polls since the preseason rankings. They will face the Johnsonville Flashes, who have been touted as the strongest Class A team in the state with a powerful ground game.

IMPACT: One of these teams will end the season as undefeated State Champions. For Christ Church, a win would flex its muscles as the beginning of a dynasty — this would mark its second consecutive state title.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Christ Church’s offense is a balanced attack led by junior quarterback Demetrius Anthony, who rushed for two scores and threw for four in last week’s win over Ware Shoals. Look for the ground attack to be led by senior Alex Conner, who added two touchdowns to Cavaliers’ total in the semifinal win. Johnsonville ’s powerful run game is led by running backs Brison Allison and Tushai Edwards, who will challenge the Cavaliers’ defense.

KEYS TO THE GAME: For the Cavaliers, being productive on their offensive drives will be important as Johnsonville has the ability to limit their possessions with ball control offense. For the Flashes, carrying out their typical offensive plan of pounding the football and moving the chains with long, time consuming drives will keep the Cavaliers’ offense from running away.

DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP:

MCCORMICK CHIEFS

VS. CROSS TROJANS

Friday at Benedict

The Trojans of Cross (10-3) are averaging close to 40 points per game and will face the most improved team in the state, the McCormick Chiefs (11-2), who have lost one in-state game (to unbeaten Christ Church).

IMPACT: Someone will win a first state championship (although McCormick won in 1948 when there was one classification).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cross is led on offense by Devantae Sheppard and twin brother running backs Dionte and Diamonte Evans. The McCormick Chiefs will attack the Trojan defense with multiple running backs, led by Rontavious Morton, Allyn Williams, Maurice Jefferson and Jesse Freeman.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Cross has had a problem in recent weeks protecting the football; they can ill-afford to turn it over here. The Chiefs’ winged ground attack offense can chew up real estate as well as the clock and could make it difficult for the Trojans to play catch-up.

Jim Baxter

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