Week two of the LHSAA regular season kicks off Friday with Minden traveling to Haynesville, Lakeside hosting Montgomery and North
Webster hosting North DeSoto. In the MAIS, Glenbrook travels to Central Hinds Academy.
Each matchup hinges on unit battles that will take place within the game. Here’s a look where each team must play their best Friday night.
Minden OL vs. Haynesville DL : The Crimson Tide have to keep their offense on the field for long, sustained drives to have a chance, which means running the ball effectively and protecting Seth Tyler in the pocket.
Tyler’s accuracy and poise under duress was lackluster in week one, but we’ve seen in the preseason that Tyler can make plays when given adequate room to work. It will be easier said than done against a gigantic Haynesville front seven, but it’s the Tide’s only hope.
North Webster DBs vs. North DeSoto WRs : The Knights’ corners and safeties will be test early and often against Griffins’ QB Jaden Procell. A diverse cast of receivers helped North DeSoto take down Natch. Central last week 28-7. The backhalf is the closest thing to a weak link on the Knights’ team, but John Ware knows a thing or two about prepping to stop explosive O’s.
Glenbrook DL vs. Central Hinds OL : Senior standout Nick Moses needs to dominate in this game to allow linebackers Trent Meek and Parker Christy to come in behind him and make tackles. Nose guard Hunter Choutin also has a tall task this week in helping slow a good CHA run game.
Lakeside OL vs. Montgomery front seven : The Warrior offensive front, anchored by center DJ Harvey, needs to keep QB Jordan Preuett’s jersey clean in the pocket and open lanes for Buffate Coleman, Bo Boley and Brian Jackson in the running game.
If they can impose their will on an undersized defensive front seven from Montgomery, the Warriors might cruise past their second-straight opponent. At any rate, long drives could help keep an explosive Tigers’ offense off the field.