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Game of the Week: Roosevelt vs. Churchill

November 8, 2018

Rooseveltvs. ChurchillKickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Heroes StadiumRadio: NoneRecords: Roosevelt (4-5 overall, 3-3 District 27-6A); Churchill (4-5, 3-3).Coaches: Matt Carroll (38-73 in 11 seasons overall, 18-41 in six seasons at Roosevelt); Ron Harris (26-18 in four seasons, all at Churchill).Series: Churchill leads 32-18Last meeting: Churchill won 42-14Roosevelt breakdownSetting the scene: The Rough Riders look to clinch their first playoff spot since 2012, the season before Carroll took over. Roosevelt is coming off a 49-14 victory over LEE. The Rough Riders lost fourth-quarter leads to Johnson (12-9) and Reagan (23-22) heading into the LEE game.Key to victory: Get Churchill in long-yardage situations. The Chargers like grinding it out. Churchill has only passed 70 times (with 34 completions) in nine games. Forcing the Chargers to pass works to Roosevelt’s advantage.Statistical leaders: Passing — Carlos Garibay 75-160-9, 1,053 yards, 10 TDs; rushing — Jacobe Jackson 115-735, 10 TDs; receiving — Rashod Owens 32-570, 6 TDs; tackles — Amir Barnhardt 100; sacks —Jaylen Murray 5; interceptions — Joshua Hollis 2.Churchill breakdownSetting the scene: After opening district play 0-2, the Chargers won three in a row before losing to Johnson 42-27 last week. The Chargers can clinch their first postseason spot since 2016, when they advanced to the regional final. Churchill has won the past five meetings with Roosevelt.Key to victory: Stick to the run game. The Chargers generate their best offense on the ground. Senior Cody Lilie has rushed for at least 140 yards in each of his past four games.Statistical leaders: Passing — Derek Perez 33-62-2, 594 yards, 7 TDs; rushing — Cody Lilie 88-744, 8 TDs; receiving — Liam Capobianco 14-302, 5 TDs; tackles — Miles Usrey 78; sacks — Seth Jaquess 5; interceptions — Jackson McWhorter 4.E-N prediction: Churchill 21, Roosevelt 20dhinojosa@express-news.netTwitter: @hinojosa_david

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