Pig Skin Classic PREVIEW!! GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER!!
November 30, 2011By Kristopher Gordon of D1Spects Nation
Atlanta, GA—The Pig Skin Classic is getting ready to kick off with the top teams around the Southeast. Dec 1-4 get ready to see some heart pumping action and thrilling plays to get the fans out of their seats. Before we kick off Friday, let’s take a look at some of the top teams that will surely rock the house!!
Team:12u North Clayton Red Eagles
League: Clayton County Football League (CFL)
Coach: Randy Quarles
Record: 13-0 and CFL Championship
Season Outlook: Coach Quarles told D1Spects, "Our season was wonderful. Kids had expectations of making the Frank Ski Bowl, we beat the North Clayton Red Eagles who were ranked high by Born to Compete. And still did not get the respect we deserve."
Key Wins: Beating a high ranked North Clayton Eagles (Blue) twice and winning the CFL championship
Offensive Philosophy: Go hard every play, every body has a job and keep fighting
Defensive Philosophy: Beast! North Clayton Eagles have only allowed one touchdown one season. Have a lot Depth and can rotate without dropping off in talent.
Players to Watch: #2 Ramone Luster is the spark to the Eagles offense, but this team has several players that can get in and go.
Coach Quotes: Expectations in the Pig Skin Classic “To have a opportunity to play teams out of our league and show that we are one of the top teams in our age group and win championship!
Team: 6u Georgia Rattlers
Coach: Charles Phillips
League: The City of Atlanta Football League
Record: 10-0 and William Walker Toy Bowl Championship
Season Outlook: “We had a good season, and haven’t lost a game in two years. We have big expectations and our team has held up to those expectations”
Key Wins: Pitmann Park 27-26, defeating Welcome All Panthers 6-0, and winning the William Walker Toy Bowl by beating Ben Hill (Blue) 6-0 OT.
Offensive Philosophy- Pound the ball with runs, and misdirections.
Defensive Philosophy- Fly around the ball and attack the ball carrier.
Players to Watch: #1 RB Steven Simpson, DT #88 Steven Moore, #6 Darius Young, and and Quarterback Sincere White
Coach Quotes- “I expect us to come out and win the championship. We are going to take it one game at a time. But I expect us to leave winning Pig Skin Classic this weekend.”
Team: 10u Sandy Creek
League: Sandy Creek Football League
Coach: Levi Robinson
Record:8-3 (60-7 with four championships)
Key Wins: beating a highly ranked Locust Grove 20-6
Season Outlook: Very quick fast no huddle team.
Offensive Philosophy: Spread offense, and run off a speed and tempo
Defense Philosophy: 4-3 attack with "Beast" hitting hard up the middle
Players to watch: #1 Levi Robinson, #7 Jordan Huntington, DE #55 Beast Fachs-- who has made some bone crunching hits this year and #50 JR Howard
Coach Quotes- “We expect to see our kids see some new competition in the Atlanta area, and play competitive ball.”
Team: 10u McEachern Indians (Blue)
League: DeKalb Footbal League (DFL)
Record: 6-2, Number two team in the conference.
Season Outlook: I think it was a great year, we develop players at line and skill position. A lot of growth…Great defensive season, only allowed 26 points.
Offensive Philosophy: Double Wing, a lot of misdirection. A lot of talent in the backfield, score quickly and consistently.
Defensive Philosophy: Strong upfront to prevent any possibility to get up the middle, and shutdown the outside. Utilizing linebackers to plug up middle.
Players to Watch: Shut down corners that have not allowed a touchdown #26 Elliot Freeman and #28 Justin Barker (brought up from the 9u team that went 11-0 and super-bowl win). Quarterback #3 Zay Ellis, Fullback #16 Chase Keller, and Tailback #1 Bryce Moore.
Coach Quote- I think you are going to see a very competitive Cobb County team that accepts nothings less then success on the football field, whose motto is Hard work pays off.”