District 19-4A Preview -- Week 9

While Wheatley and Yates resume their non-district rivalry, Worthing looks to move one step closer to clinching a playoff berth in 19-4A. A win over Scarborough would do the trick for the Colts.

Yates (7-1, 5-0) vs. Wheatley (4-4, 3-2): The 80th edition of this classic rivalry will be as intense as the previous 79, but as well as the Lions are playing, this could be a rout. Yates is clicking on all facets of the game, and it's hard to see where the Wildcats will be able to slow down a Yates team that is averaging nearly 50 points per game over the last month. Don't expect this to be high-scoring, as the Wildcats will look to backs Roderick Johnson and Javorie Liggins to slow things down. It still won't be enough. Yates 24, Wheatley 7.

Furr (4-4, 3-1) vs. Kashmere (2-6, 2-3): Just when you count the Rams out, they come through when you least expect it, the latest coming in a 27-23 win over Wheatley. Kashmere didn't look pretty in getting the win, but that has been the case all season with them. The Brahmans appear to be the only team in 19-4A interested in winning the district and with QB Quentin Russell coming off his best showing of the season, Furr is on the verge of claming at least a share of the title. The Rams have a decent defense, but the Brahmans have too much firepower to lose this one. Furr 34, Kashmere 14.

Scarborough (1-7, 0-4) vs. Worthing (4-4, 3-1): Beyond Kendrick Nard's running, there's little to expect from the Spartans, who are coming off a brutal 48-point loss to Furr. Worthing's rise from the ashes could lead to the Colts clinching a playoff spot here. Worthing continues to find ways to win behind a freshman QB (Kyle McDonald) and a sophomore RB (Arthur Jackson). The story will continue to write itself in a big way this week. Worthing 31, Scarborough 12.

Sterling (2-6, 2-2) vs. Jones (2-6, 2-2): With both teams still alive in the playoff chase, this becomes an elimination game. Neither team is effective offensively, but Sterling is last in the district in total defense. That bodes well for Falcons RB Joshua Mouton, who could have a big night against the suspect Raiders D. Jones 14, Sterling 10.

Player of the Week: Furr's Quentin Russell was all over the place in a 48-0 win over Scarborough. He threw a touchdown pass, caught a pass for a score and intercepted a pass that led to a Brahmans touchdown.

One to Watch For: Worthing sophomore DB Xavion Brown has been one of many reasons why the Colts are in playoff contention. He has stepped up as a defender and when he touches the ball, Brown makes it count. He has two interceptions for 145 return yards. One of the picks was a 100-yard touchdown.

College Watch: Wheatley WR Clifford Baker would be a nice fit for a school that runs a spread offense. Baker has shown the ability to stretch defenses and is continuing to improve.

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