Week 4 is headed your way tonight and as always, each Friday we talk about five different players that you should keep an eye on. Maybe they did well last week? Maybe they have a favorable or intriguing matchup?
Here are the players to keep an extra eye on tonight:
JACKSON BARBOUR, LEO (AT NEW HAVEN)
Per usual, Leo’s offense is predicated on the run, and everybody knows it.
That makes a quarterback much more important in a game like tonight at New Haven that has some major Northeast 8 implications.
Barbour (pictured) has thrown just 15 passes all season, but has completed 10 of them with two for touchdowns. Barbour proved last season that he can lead the Leo offense and change the game with his arm. His willingness to pass when defenses are keying on the run helped the Lions out of some ruts in 2019.
In Leo’s biggest test of 2020 thus far against Mooresville, he threw the ball 11 times, so we know Barbour is capable of making plays if the other team doesn’t respect his game.
TIMMY DAVIDSON, SOUTH ADAMS (AT HERITAGE)
The much-lauded South Adams defense has a lot of guys whose names you know well.
Davidson, a 6-foot-1, 215 pound senior defensive end has played as well as anyone on the Starfire front line this season. He is second on the team in total tackles with 18 and also has registered half of a sack.
If you only look at Davidson’s numbers though, you actually get a good read on his biggest worth: he forced two fumbles in the first two weeks. Why? Davidson is a ball hawk and is out on the field with the sole intent of making things happen. If Heritage doesn’t take care of the ball tonight, Davidson is going to take it away.
ISO ROBINSON, SNIDER (AT SOUTH SIDE)
Nobody had proper notice that Robinson would be making his season debut last Friday, so Concordia really could not prepare for him.
Here is your preparation: watch him. He really can be a game changer for the Panthers as they look to continue their road back tonight against South Side.
Robinson is an outright playmaker defensively and is going to blow up a lot of offensive hopes for the Archers because of his aggression and vision. You will have plenty more time to see him this season, but now that we know he is playing going to play, he has to be pointed out.
LINCOLN SCHREIBER, ANGOLA (VS. WEST NOBLE)
It is hard to find anyone in the area that isn’t intrigued about seeing Angola back on the field following a two-week absence with their team quarantined after a beatdown of DeKalb.
One player who could impress against a winless West Noble is Schreiber, who was solid a year ago. With not much to look back on this season in one game, we can still call on Schreiber’s prowess as a playmaker in 2019 as what could make him stand out tonight. The junior can change the game in a lot of ways with his athleticism and the Chargers will have their hands full if he gets loose.
DRE WRIGHT, NEW HAVEN (VS. LEO)
As previously mentioned, Leo’s offense tonight and every week gets going with the run game. There may not be a better single stopper in the NE8 than Wright. An electric linebacker, Wright leads the Bulldogs in almost every significant defensive category, so you can expect him to be in on every play that comes even close to his side of the field tonight.
Wright is the top Bulldog in tackles (29), tackles for loss (9), sacks (2), forced fumbles (1) and fumble recoveries (2). Yeah, you could say he is a monster defensively.
Bonus on Friday night: could we see some Dre Wright rushes on the board on the other side of the football? Intriguing, isn’t it?