WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 WHERE: Spartan Field, St. Petersburg
QB Ryan Davis vs. Countryside defense
The most intriguing matchup of this game is simple. Four-star recruit Ryan Davis has never beaten Countryside in his four-year career. This is his last shot. He’s coming off a stellar performance last week as he threw for 215 yards and two scores in the Kickoff Classic. But Countryside should be more worried about his 66 rushing yards on only seven carries. Last week, the Countryside defense struggled with Clearwater Central Catholic dual-threat quarterback Jeff Smith, who ran for 219 yards and three scores.
RB Dante Satcher vs. Lakewood Defensive Line
Satcher is the Cougars’ top returning rusher. The final two games of last year he averaged a 100 yards rushing. Last Friday in the Kickoff Classic, he had three rushing scores. Which is bad news for a reeling Lakewood rush defense that gave up 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns last Friday against Lynn Haven Mosley. Can the talented defensive line of Nyquell Alexander and Jordan Edwards along with St. Pete transfer Anthony Foster penetrate a smaller Countryside offensive line and neutralize Satcher?
Lakewood coach Cory Moore vs. Countryside coach Eric Schmitz
Moore took his team to the 5A state semifinals last season, the furthest in school history. Entering his seventh season as head coach, he has a state title on the mind. But Countryside has had his number as of late, going 2-1 against him since 2009. First-year head coach Eric Schmitz makes his regular-season debut with Countryside.
WR Chris Ryan vs. Lakewood secondary
Ryan had 414 yards and two touchdowns last season. But don’t let those numbers fool you. He has standout junior quarterback Trent Chmelik throwing to him. They had the best rapport of any quarterback-receiver tandem at the summer’s Sling N’ Shoot tourney. Last week, Ryan caught the only throwing touchdown for Chmelik, and is the go-to target on crucial downs. Lakewood lost two starting defensive backs from last year to transfers.