Ashley (2-1) vs. West Brunswick (4-1)
In what was expected to be a game that featured two of the areas most talented running backs, a season ending injury to Ashley senior Bradley Plyler has put the Screaming Eagles into an unfortunate situation moving into the conference schedule.
West Brunswick is riding high following consecutive wins on their home turf. The Trojans take a 4-1 overall mark into Friday’s kick off in Monkey Junction. West Brunswick is averaging 277 yards rushing per game and continues to spread the ball to several running backs. Five players have 95 yards or more on the ground. Maliek King is often used in goal line situations (5TDs), while Tariq Thomas has over 200 yards rushing on 25 carries.
After a disappointing performance one week ago in Fayetteville, Ashley looks to bounce back and face an uphill battle with several injuries hampering the Screaming Eagles progress.
Ashley got off to a 2-0 start, but poor tackling, big plays and turnovers hampered the garnet and gold last week in a 28-12 setback to Westover. Friday’s contest will be the second straight week the Screaming Eagles will need to stop big playmakers on offense.
West Brunswick Player to Watch: Bubba McCray, senior, running back: In an offense that has utilized a handful of options in the back field, McCray remains the feature back and his big play ability will continue to be a difference maker. West Brunswick has some size up front on the offensive line, allowing McCray to rush for over 700 yards in five games this season. He’s averaging an astronomical 8.3 yards per carry, with nine touchdowns.
Ashley Player to Watch: Freddie Thames, junior, slot back: Thames will likely become one of the go to guys on offense because of the injury to Plyler. Thames has good speed and a nose for the end zone with three touchdowns this season. Through three games, the junior slot back has 35 carries for 238 yards, including a 40 yard trip to the end zone.