GREENWOOD, SC – After defeating Westside 38-14 last week, the Greenwood Eagles travel to Laurens this Friday, with the Region I, 4A title on the line.
Injuries were an issue in the Eagles’ win last week, as starting quarterback Evin Sims, right guard Datavion Laman, and Shrine Bowl linebacker Davon Durant all sat out due to injury. Fullback David Shavoy Davis was “nicked up,” according to Greenwood Head Coach Gene Cathcart said, playing at “about 60 percent.”
“I’d say Evin (Sims) is probable for this week, he has been practicing gingerly is practice,” Cathcart said. “Lorenzo (Mathis) has had a virus all week but is expected to practice today (Wednesday). Our other wing back, Octavious (Morgan) was nicked up in practice earlier this week and is questionable. I would say Davon (Durant) and David (Davis) are both probable and Datavion (Lamon) is probably out for Friday.”
The Raiders, who boast an 8-2 record, will present a challenge for an Eagles’ defense giving up just 10.7 points per game.
“The biggest thing with them (Laurens) is their ability to throw the deep ball, that complements their running game,” Cathcart said. “When you play a team that’s one dimensional, you can sell the farm and focus on one thing. But what’s scary is facing a well balanced team.”
Defensively, the Raiders are expected to be “very physical” up front, as they will contend with an Eagles offense averaging 39.9 points per game, averaging 319.2 rushing yards per contest.
While Friday night’s matchup serves as the Region I, 4A Championship, it also has significant playoff implications for both teams. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Laurens.
“It would be great for us to win (Friday),” Cathcart said. “We would love to have the chance to play a couple of games at home in the playoffs and if we were to lose, it would definitely hurt us as far as playoff seeding goes. Winning would also be great, as far as the mental side goes, if we were able to build some momentum heading into the playoffs.”