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Next up for JF: Glass

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Black and Blue Bowl for a black and blue team

By Mike Forster

 

This is not what the doctor ordered.

For a team that's spending more time in the infirmary than on the practice field,  the last thing Jefferson Forest needs is a game called the "Black and Blue Bowl."

But that's just what the Cavs will be involved in this Friday night, when they clash with Glass in the afore-mentioned B&B game.

They'll be playing for a lot more than a trophy.

When Jefferson Forest visits E.C. Glass this Friday night, the teams could very well be playing for their playoff lives.

Heading into the contest, the teams are both hovering near the bubble of the 4A-North rankings.  With 16 slots up for grabs, the Cavs currently hold the 15th spot.  

The Hilltoppers are in a situation which is even more dire:  They sit at 17, on the outside, looking inward.

The fact is, the top six teams in the region are all brutes.  So, it's pick your poison time when it comes to getting seeded 11 through 16.

Right now, the Cavs can put all the spreadsheets aside.  They need to do one thing:  beat Glass.

"It all starts with their quarterback," said JF Head Coach Don Rice, of Donnie Morgan.  "They move the ball against everyone they play and have great team speed."

Speedy teams have been a challenge for the JF defense this season.  Both Amherst and Rustburg were loaded with speedsters, and neither game ended well for the black and red.

Of more concern than what Glass brings to the party is who JF will bring to the contest as its signal caller.

Ryan Crist, who was on pace to throw for 2,000 yards and run for another 1,000, was lost in the Rustburg game.

He is questionable for the game this Friday at City Stadium.

The Cavs' second- and third-string quarterbacks–Cole Scott and Jason Ayers–have been ailing of late, as well.

Kamden BeCraft has a nice pedigree, but he's primarily a free safety.

The Fat Package that JF ran for the last half of the Rustburg game is a Wildcat with heft thrown in to the mix.

It's nice in short-yardage situations, but you may not want to run it for an entire evening.

Rice and his staff were busy working on possible scenarios this past week.  Rice says he has a half-dozen of them.

With standout fullback Michael Foster still ailing, it is likely that the Cavs will lean a lot on speedy David Aveson and all-around athlete Cameron Miller to carry the brunt of the offense.

With diminished offensive capabilities, however, it becomes imperative that the defense step up in a big way.

It will have to contain Morgan, who ran for nearly 200 yards against Amherst.  At the same time, it will have to find a way to shut down the Glass air attack.