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Week Five Preview: Identity crisis looms as Knights host Knights
Southwest Orange Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015 5 years ago

Week Five Preview: Identity crisis looms as Knights host Knights

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by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

GAME OF THE WEEK:

East Ridge (3-1, 0-0 district) at Ocoee (1-2, 0-1 district), 7:30 p.m.

THE BUZZ: After dropping its district opener on the road to Edgewater, the Ocoee Knights will get a chance to bounce back on their home field versus the East Ridge Knights. East Ridge, a program that has struggled in past years, has been a surprise so far this fall with its 3-1 start.

SCOUTING REPORT: East Ridge can score. The team’s most impressive win so far had to have been its surviving a 58-52 shootout against The First Academy. Ocoee is going to have to complete drives to keep pace, and its defense will have its work cut out for it containing running back Tirrek Hooten, who ran for three touchdowns and 235 yards against the Royals.

Friday's other games:

Evans (0-4) at Olympia (3-1), 7:30 p.m.

THE BUZZ: The Titans, which won just once in 2014, look to make it four consecutive wins.

SCOUTING REPORT: Evans, with its internal issues involving its head-coaching situation prior to the season, has struggled so far and has not scored more than a touchdown in any of its four games. Olympia will be favored, but the Titans cannot let the Trojans hang around the way they did in Week Four vs. Cypress Creek. Olympia’s running game will be important, with Taymel Christian leading the way.

Mainland (4-0) at Dr. Phillips (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

THE BUZZ: The top-ranked team in the state in Class 6A — and USA Today’s No. 25 team in the nation — comes to Dr. Phillips as the Panthers look to avoid a three-game skid.

SCOUTING REPORT: Can the Panthers put it together? In Week Three, it was the defense that disappointed, and in Week Four, it was the offense. Dr. Phillips will need to excel in all three phases to get back on track ahead of its district opener on Oct. 2. The Panthers will be tasked with containing Mainland’s playmakers, including quarterback Denzel Houston and tailback Adrian Killins.

West Orange (3-1) at Jones (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

THE BUZZ: After beating the Fighting Tigers 50-14 in Winter Garden a season ago, the Warriors will tune up for their Oct. 2 district opener at Apopka with this game at Jones.

SCOUTING REPORT: It will be interesting to see how focused and dominant West Orange is early in the game. The Warriors were soundly defeated on the road in Jacksonville last week but also cannot get caught looking ahead. Jones’ first win this season came against Colonial, a Class 8A program, and was impressive.

Seven Rivers Christian (4-0) at Legacy Charter (3-1), 7 p.m.

THE BUZZ: Two of the top three teams in the SSAC’s Coastal Orange division will take the field in Winter Garden as the Eagles try to knock off the undefeated Crusaders.

SCOUTING REPORT: Seven Rivers has had a prolific offense this fall. The Crusaders have scored an eye-popping 62.5 points per game. Legacy’s average? Even with the Eagles’ strong start, it is less than half (27.75).

Foundation Academy (0-4) at St. Petersburg Catholic (1-2), 7 p.m.

THE BUZZ: The winless Lions showed improvements against Northside Christian and will get their best shot at a win so far this season when they travel to St. Pete to take on the Barons.

SCOUTING REPORT: Head coach Brad Lord alluded to some changes for his offense this week, and Foundation should have a chance to spread its wings on that side of the ball against a team that has given up an average of 30 points per game.

Byes — Windermere Prep (2-2), CFCA (3-1)

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