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Weekly Football Forecast
by Greg Oshust
November 23, 2012 04:02 PM | 1458 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lovett and Westminster remained in the state playoffs with first-round wins last week, while Holy Innocents’ begins postseason action tonight. Here’s a look at the matchups for Week 2 of the postseason.



Last week: 2-0 (23-5 overall)



Manchester (9-2) at Lovett (7-4)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Conley-Oakley Field

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: Coming off an impressive 27-0 victory over Coosa in the first round last week, Lovett looks to advance to the state quarterfinals for the sixth time in seven years. The Lions are clicking on both offense and defense, with nine tackles for losses on the defensive side of the ball last week against Coosa. Lovett faces a Manchester squad that is coming off of a 41-23 first-round win over Greene County — its first state playoff win since 2006. However, the Lions are riding on a wave of momentum with a five-game winning streak and will continue that surge to secure a place in the quarterfinals.

Prediction: Lovett



Westminster (5-6) at Jefferson (10-1)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, Jefferson

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: Westminster got the state playoffs off to a strong start with a 34-0 first-round win over Pepperell. The Wildcats have had less luck advancing to the quarterfinals with six second-round losses in a row and have not made it to the elite eight since 2003. To move on this time, Westminster will have to find a way to neutralize a potent Jefferson offense that averages 38 points a game. The Dragons were firing on all cylinders in their first-round contest, beating Kendrick 42-8. Jefferson has had an even longer dry spell, having not made it to the quarters since 1977.
Prediction: Jefferson



Holy Innocents’ (6-4) at Savannah Christian (7-3)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Garden City Stadium, Savannah

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: Holy Innocents’ gets ready for its sixth consecutive state playoff ap-pearance. The Golden Bears have won four of their last five games, but will have to shake off some rust after being off for the last three weeks. Savannah Christian has been in a rebuilding phase this season after going 15-0 and winning the Class A state title in 2011. However, the Eagles average 30 points a game, so they can put some points on the board. Having traveled over four hours down to Savannah, it’s the longest road trip that Holy Innocents’ has ever made for a game,
Prediction: Savannah Christian



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