Princess Anne QB Ryan High (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Beach District Showdown features Ocean Lakes and Princess Anne
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
#7 Princess Anne (1-1) at #2 Ocean Lakes (2-0) 7:00 p.m. Friday
These two teams have had unique paths to get where they are now.
Princess Anne pushed highly ranked Salem (2-0) to overtime in the season opener, only to lose by a score of 12-6. They followed that showing by pummeling undermanned First Colonial last week by a score of 70-0.
The Princess Anne offense obviously works, they just had to work out the kinks against a tough opponent in week one.
Ocean Lakes has been steady against Kellam and Landstown. Josh Brown quarterbacked the Dolphins to the Kellam win while Landon Spell was the answer for Ocean Lakes against Landstown. Spell was 8 of 18 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-6 win over the Eagles.
WHEN PRINCESS ANNE HAS THE BALL:
Despite the Cavaliers penchant for running quarterback keepers against Salem, expect them to be confident about opening up the offense against Ocean Lakes. The weather is warmer and we’re two weeks away from the opener. Princess Anne has talented options for quarterback Ryan High, led by Tychaun Chapman and Zaakir Brown. From there, it’s a matter of consistency from the Dolphin defense. They have given up double-digits against both Kellam and Landstown. This could become a shootout.
WHEN OCEAN LAKES HAS THE BALL:
Will head coach Joe Jones call on Landon Spell or Josh Brown? Brown has more game experience, but Spell was the answer last week. If Karvalis Scott, Logan Istre and Ryley McIntosh can answer the bell and carve up the Cavaliers’ defense, this could be the week that Ocean Lakes pulls away from their opponent.
This is not only a showdown of top teams, but it’s an opportunity for one team to prove that they’re more playoff ready. Tougher games with bigger stakes are coming. Considering the playoff race and the limited number of slots available, a loss here could knock a team out of playoff contention.
Just three weeks into the season, we’re at the halfway mark. The playoff field is narrowing.
– Andy Hilton