Week 7 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:
DOMANICK MOON, SNIDER (vs. Northrop)
Week after week, Moon (pictured) is the first guy to the ball when teams try to push it upfield on Snider. And in the event that the super strong and bicep-heavy junior isn’t getting to the ball first, he is getting there hardest.
Moon has been a difference maker for a Snider team that has gone 3-1 over its last four and looking to move above .500 after a bad start. In the Panthers’ three wins this season, they are giving up 4.3 points per game and Moon is a dominant pillar of that defense. Moon led the Panthers with seven tackles last week against Wayne and Northrop’s run-heavy offense is quite similar.
JOHN MICHAEL FABINI, BISHOP DWENGER (at Bishop Luers)
Carson Clark beware, if Fabini makes a strong move off the back side, you are probably going to get hit hard quite a bit.
That very thing has happened to a lot of quarterbacks this season and it changes the dynamic of trying to get passes off comfortably. Fabini leads the Saints in tackles, which in itself, is impressive at 36. But the reality is that he just makes offenses and offensive coordinators think and worry more than they really want to. He is fast, he is strong and he hits possibly as hard as anyone in the SAC. In the Battle of the Bishops, expect Fabini to be as aggressive as ever and if he asserts that aggression, it will be a long night for Luers.
LABAN DAVIS, EASTSIDE (at Concord)
Let’s call this one how we see it. The Blazers are looking to get better tonight and that is why they added Concord this week. Eastside has the chance to win this game and either way, it is going to improve by playing a team of this class and caliber.
Davis has been dynamic all year and this is a true chance for a coming-out party outside of the NECC and northeast Indiana. Davis has completed 60 percent of his passes for over 1,000 yards, but has also run for a team-high 455 yards. Davis can hurt Concord in a lot of ways and preparing for someone like that on short notice will be difficult for the Minutemen.
CJ DAVIS, NORTHROP (“at” Snider)
The Bruins have a heavy defensive backfield that can fly around and make plays. That makes things difficult for opposing offenses to decide where to try and advance the ball.
Davis makes that a bigger issue as he usually defends the heavier-handed receivers. It has resulted in a team-best four interceptions and a pair of pass deflections as well. While Snider traditionally prefers the ground game, Northrop’s line has made teams open up with their game plans.
If Davis can get involved, the Bruins are better off. In his two best games in tackle totals this year, the Bruins are 2-0.
KAINON CARICO, EAST NOBLE (vs. Columbia City)
Carico has been a revelation for an East Noble offense that needed bolstered with new talent after last year’s graduations. He is second on the Knights with 60 total tackles and has had nine or more every week since Week 2. His monster sack last week against Norwell was strong and he has the team lead in that category too with four on the season.
Carico has a high motor and reads the offense very well. With Columbia City’s varied approach, having someone who can be a stopper in a variety of ways is important.
If East Noble wants to stop the Eagles from putting up big numbers, Carico has to be one of the guys leading the way.