Sterling (Newman Central Catholic) (12-1) vs. Staunton (9-4) at DeKalb (Huskie Stadium), Fri., Nov. 29, 1 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
When Sterling Newman Central Catholic has the ball:
The Comets will look to run the football and establish it's line play. Sophomore running back Jake Snow (1,584 yards 28 touchdowns 9.4 yards per carry) is the headliner who is hard to find and even harder to bring down. Junior OL-DL Jacob Barnes (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) is an All Stater and leads a big and physical offensive line. Senior quarterback AJ Sharp has attempted just 70 passes this season but has thrown for 761 yards and possesses a play action passing threat.
When Staunton has the ball:
The Bulldogs are a much more balanced offense in 2013 compared to it's opponent. Senior quarterback Jake Bruhn has passed for 1,137 yards and the Bulldogs can and will run the ball as well. Wide receiver Marcus Sitko is one of the main weapons to watch in the Bulldogs offense.
Players to Watch:
Sterling Newman Central Catholic: Snow and OL-DL Jakob Vetter
Staunton: Bruhn and Marcus Sitko
Key matchup to watch?
The Sterling Newman defense against the Staunton offense. The Comets just locked down a very good Mercer County team last week holding the Golden Eagles to just 28 offensive plays in the win. Can the Bulldogs offense keep the ball and put together long drives here? Time of possession for the Bulldogs is a must win this week.
Did you know?
Sterling Newman Central Catholic is 4-2 in state title games all time. Staunton is only the 4th team in IHSA playoff history to make the state finals after posting a 5-4 regular season record.
Sterling Newman Central Catholic 24, Staunton 14
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