Holy Redeemer (1-3) at GAR (0-4)
7 p.m. Saturday
The Coaches: Redeemer’s Pat Reece (4-10, 2nd year); GAR’s Paul Wiedlich Jr. (29-12, 4th year)
Last Meeting: GAR 68-25 in 2012
All-Time Series: GAR leads 6-0
Quick Fact: GAR pulled away last year with 30 second-quarter points.
Scouting Redeemer: Redeemer was overwhelmed by Lake-Lehman’s running game in a 61-22 loss last Friday. The Royals saw three Black Knights each rush for over 100 yards. Run defense has been a perennial problem. Redeemer tacked on a couple cosmetic touchdowns at the end to make the score a little more respectable. QB Jimmy Strickland continues to pile up passing yards. But with no running game, defenses only have to scheme for one thing against the Royals.
Scouting GAR: It’s been an incredibly rough start for GAR, which came into the season with playoff aspirations. Now the Grenadiers will probably have to win out and hope things fall into place. The defense got stampeded via the run for the second time in three weeks as Northwest finished with 362 on the ground in its 26-20 victory last Friday. Offensively, RB Rich Sickler had his second 100-yard game for GAR and QB Rashaun Mathis tossed his first two TD passes of his career.
What To Expect: GAR hasn’t been tested much through the air and everyone knows Redeemer will throw the ball. If the Grenadiers slow down that then a victory looks likely.
— John Erzar