Southeast (2-0) at Capitol Hill (1-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: CB Speegle Stadium
Last week: Southeast knocked off Star Spencer 27-14. Capitol Hill edged rival US Grant 13-12.
Why Southeast could win: The Spartans are riding a wave of motivation after the 2-0 start, and Jay Gogue is a big reason why. The QB/RB/DB has been making plays all over the field, no matter what position he plays. He had a 59-yard TD run that sparked last week’s victory, and the defense was even better, allowing only 48 total yards.
Why Capitol Hill could win: QB Derrick Jefferson is the key to a solid backfield with pass-run capabilities. He has some weapons at receiver as well. The Southeast offense seems to be in a good flow, so it will probably take more than 13 points to win this week. Still, the Redskins have the talent to move the ball and score some points.
Quote: “Our defensive line played well last week and that gave our linebackers opportunities to make plays. We’ll need to do that again this week, because Capitol Hill has some good athletes and the quarterback throws the ball well.” – Southeast coach Michael Branch
Key matchup: Southeast run game vs. Capitol Hill run-stoppers. The Redskin defense had trouble slowing down US Grant’s run game last week and will need to step up in that area to take down another southside rival. Gogue’s position swapping in the backfield is an effort to get more out of the run game, and Gogue is the team’s best option there. Whichever spot he’s playing, he’s dangerous with his feet and the ‘Skins will have to keep tabs on him.
The pick: Southeast 30, Capitol Hill 20. The district schedule is going to be extremely tough for Southeast, but this is a team that has shown it is ready for the challenge. Making the playoffs will be a chore, but the Spartans are definitely moving in the right direction this year.
– Scott Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org