From what I hear, West OL is stout and East has struggled against teams who could run right at them (Scotland, Grimsley) and control the clock. East D is stronger against the pass when they can get after the quarterback and the DB's can fly around and make plays. That's how most games end up once the O gets a decent lead. Friday's game with Grimsley looked to be headed that direction but East shot themselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers (again). Then Grimsley hung around, the Eagle D was on the field more than normal, and before you knew it the game was about to be tied up. But, when their backs were against the wall they bowed up and made the plays needed to win. I mean once they got the onside kick, who didn't expect Nora to run right over them and score again? But East stuffed the run two straight plays and then the pass rush slammed the door.Do you guys believe EF will be able to handle WF in the trenches? They're huge. Grimsley was able to put up 316 yards rushing against EF
I think you'll see 4 quarters of focus and effort this Friday, which unfortunately doesn't happen often because East is usually up huge by halftime. The Grimsley game was really good for these kids. The West running game is very good but I don't think they can run it down east throats like many are thinking. West backs are not that style. West will move the chains but it'll be play action or misdirection set up by the run game that will be the difference in my opinion.
These teams know each other so well. They'll take away what they want to do and force each other to go to their 2nd and 3rd option. Who can manage that the best takes this one. First one to 21 wins. I'm going with the hometown Eagles.