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GHSA First Round Playoffs: Grizzlies go on the road in attempts to topple the Titans

Scouting the Titans

The Blessed Trinity Titans have made the postseason for the 13th straight time. The Titans have won their last four games entering the first round. They are averaging 110 yards per game on the ground and 141.7 through the air. Through the first nine games of the regular season, quarterback Brooks Goodman has thrown for 1,276 yards and 9-TDs while completing 65% of his passes. Fourteen different receivers have caught passes for the Titans in those nine games, with Zion McKenzie (33 receptions, 319 yards, 2-TDs) and Quin Davis (15 receptions, 204 yards, 1-TD) as their top targets. Sophomore running back Ahmontae Pitts leads the ground game with 538 yards on 97 carries and 6-TDs through nine games. The Titans defense is allowing 11.5 points per game and have sacked opposing quarterbacks 23 times. Luke Furgeson and John Winter lead the team with 5 sacks each. Meanwhile, Sam Winter and D.J. Jacobs lead the team in total tackles with 57 and 49 respectively.

Scouting the Grizzlies

The Creekview Grizzlies were off last week and dropped their last game of the season to Class 6A power Rome. The Grizzlies are in the post season for the second time in three years and are looking to advance to the second round for the first time since 2018. Creekview is averaging 147.2 yards per game through the air and 216.8 yards per game on the ground. Dual threat quarterback Austin Guest has thrown for 1,464 yards and rushed for 953 yards on the season. He is joined in the backfield by sophomore Mason Munn, who has rushed for 599 yards and 4-TDs. Michael Roach, Jackson Stanley and Cal Schubert continue to lead the Grizzlies receivers combining for 67 receptions for 1,133 yards and 12-TDs. Nick Vaccaro and Nathan Agyemang have also shown they can be reliable receivers for the offense. Defensively, the Grizzlies are allowing 21.8 points per game. Reed Anderson and Brant Freeman lead the team in total tackles with 78 and 75 respectively. The Grizzlies have sacked opposing quarterbacks 26 times and forced 13 turnovers on the year.

Pundit's Pick

Both of these teams have shown a propensity to put up big numbers offensively. However, this game may come down to the team that can run the ball the best. Can Creekview’s defensive line neutralize the size on the Blessed Trinity offensive line? The other question is which team can control the turnover battle. These teams do have a common opponent in Calhoun. Blessed Trinity won that game by 10 while Creekview lost by 14. Conventional wisdom might say that we like Blessed Trinity by 24. We beleive this game is much closer. We like the Titans at home by 4.

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