Abingdon Bye Week
Ridgeview def. John Battle, 24-7
Ridgeview def. Abingdon, 21-13
The top spot in the Mountain 7 District is on the line Friday night when Ridgeview Wolfpack travel to Falcon Stadium to take on Abingdon. Both of these teams are positioning themselves for the post season. Ridgeview (7-0) has been rolling through 2A since their defeat of Union. While Abingdon (5-2) is coming off their bye week. This game will be a district match up that has many post season implications. A win by Abingdon propels them forward in solidifying their spot in potentially hosting the first round of the playoffs. A win by Ridgeview all but notches them home field through the playoffs. Neither team will be willing to give an inch but someone must prevail. Abingdon will definitely be looking to avenge their loss to the Wolfpack last season that saw some strange plays and odd calls. There certainly won’t be a shortage of high powered athletes on the field. Gabe Boothe, who has thrown for over 1,000 yards so far this year and is having a solid season with a 106.1 passer rating for the Falcons. Ridgeview’s Trenton Adkins, who is getting plenty of looks by some D1 colleges, is a threat in the Wolfpack backfield. This will be a good one for who will take the lead in the Mountain 7 District standings.
Players to Watch
Ridgeview DB #3 Gabe Counts
The senior defensive back returned last week after suffering an early season injury for the Wolfpack. Counts has settled back in at DB to help Ridgeview to a 7-0 record with his interception last week against John Battle. He will definitely be looking to slow the Falcons air attack on Friday.
Abingdon RB #22 Sean Canada
Senior Sean Canada is back to full action this week. Canada has been nursing an injury since week two. He is a hard-hitting machine that many offensive players would prefer to avoid and adds another threat to the Falcons offense. Canada can do it all from hand offs to catching passes out of the slot to returning kicks. He is a versatile player that drives opposing defensive coordinators mad . If he can stay healthy he will pose yet another problem for defenses in the Falcons high powered offense
Keys to the Game:
Avoid the big plays- Abingdon has shown it has big play ability and the Wolfpack need to avoid allowing the Falcons to strike quick and often
Keep the emotions in check- This could be their biggest key. The Wolfpack need to focus. A mental let down could spell trouble in this matchup.
Key Matchups- The Wolfpack will need match up well all over their defense with the Falcons playmakers. Abingdon can strike quick and often if given the chance to score.
All 3 Phases of the game- Abingdon will need to play solid in all three phases of the game. Offense, defense and special teams.
Limit the ground game- If Abingdon can control the line of scrimmage; they will be able to slow the two headed monster of Adkins and Sexton.
Turnover Battle- Abingdon must win the turnover battle to get their offense extra opportunities to score.