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Strom Thurmond, Midland Valley host games Thursday

September 13, 2018

Emerald (0-3) at Strom Thurmond (3-1)

Last time they played

Emerald defeated Strom Thurmond 26-17 on Sept. 15, 2017.

Players to watch

Emerald

Jamil Martin, WR/DB. Martin scored the Vikings only touchdown in their most recent game against Abbeville.Zack Amerson, RB. Amerson is the Vikings leading rusher this season. Kedarren Dean, QB. Dean is also heavily relied upon in the run game.

Strom Thurmond

Stanley Hill, RB. Hill touched the ball 13 times last week and finished the game with 169 total yards and three touchdowns.Ford Williams, LB. Not only did Williams make nine tackles and a tackle for loss last week, he also caught a touchdown pass.Jequan Harris, QB. Harris’ decision making has proven to be a key part of the Rebels’ success this season.

Keys to the game

Strom Thurmond got back on the right track last week with a blowout victory against Midland Valley. The game plan for this week will be similar. The Rebels have been relying heavily on their run game, whether it be Hill or Harris carrying the ball. Harris has also been efficient passing the ball. Emerald’s defense has struggled at times this season. The Vikings come into the game allowing an average of 53 points per game.

On the defensive side of the ball pressure will be key. The Rebels have several players among the area’s sack leaders.

Academy of Richmond County (4-0) at Midland Valley (0-3)

Last time they played

ARC defeated Midland Valley 23-8 on Sept. 4, 1981.

Players to watch

ARC

Mason Cobb, QB. Cobb has completed 60 percent of his passes this season and thrown for nearly 500 yards.Torry Taylor, RB. Taylor is the leading rusher with 456 yards and three touchdowns. He has two 100-plus yard games.Isreal Dorsey, LB. Dorsey is coming off of a 10-tackle performance in a win against Grovetown.

Midland Valley

Desmond Curry, DE. Curry is one of the main forces along the Mustangs’ defensive line. Brian Staley, WR/DB. Staley’s athleticism makes him a challenge for any opposing defense. DeAndre Pearson, RB. Pearson was responsible for one of Midland Valley’s touchdowns last week.

Keys to the game

Last week Midland Valley had difficulty stopping the run, which could be a big part of Thursday’s game. The Mustangs went from allowing fewer than 100 yards rushing to Grovetown in its previous game to giving up 229 yards and five rushing touchdowns to Strom Thurmond.

ARC’s first four games suggest the Midland Valley will see a heavy dose of the run. The Musketeers are averaging 220 yards per game.

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