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Harmony vs. Crockett Football Playoff Preview Capsule

From Staff Reports
Nov. 25, 2011 at 11 p.m.


<strong>CLASS 2A DIVISION I REGION III SEMIFINAL</strong>

<strong>Harmony (9-2) vs. Crockett (10-1)</strong>

<em>7 tonight, Homer Bryce Stadium, Nacogdoches</em>

<strong>Coaches</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Harmony:</strong> Tim Russell</li> <li><strong>Crockett:</strong> Paul Parsons</li> </ul>

<strong>Last week:</strong> Harmony 9, Marlin 7; Crockett 42, Newton 27.

<strong>Up next:</strong> Winner faces Winnie East Chambers or Tatum in the 2A Division I Region III final.

<strong>Live updates:</strong> @gabrieldbrooks on Twitter

<strong>Players to watch</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Harmony:</strong> RB Matt Hosea ... QB Wesley Schoon ... WR/DB Alan Peralta (33 tackles, 8 INTs, 6 PBUs) ... WR Lucas Askew ... LB Tim McCoy (157 tackles, 4 INTs, 3 forced fumbles, 3 recoveries) ... LB Justin Miller (112 tackles, 5 sacks) ... LB/DB Reid Rendon (93 tackles, 1 sack, 2 recoveries, 1 kick block) ... DL Travis Laastad (82 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries) ... LB/DB Brandon Glenn (52 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 INTs, 3 recoveries).</li> <li><strong>Crockett:</strong> ATH Dominique Wheeler (10 carries, 121 yards vs. Newton; committed to Texas Tech) ... QB Andjuwan Smith (147 passing yards, 3 TDs, 125 yards, 2 TDs vs. Newton) ... WR Michael McKnight (3 catches, 96 yards, 2 TDs vs. Newton) ... WR/DB D'Vaughan Le (51-yard TD catch vs. Newton) ... RB A.D. Smith ... RB Denell Parker ... OL J'Lynt English.</li> </ul>

<strong>By the numbers</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Harmony:</strong> Harmony has forced 36 turnovers (3.3 per game) ... The Eagles have held five of their last six opponents to 20 or fewer points, including three single-digit defensive performances ... Harmony needed only 24 second-half yards to beat Marlin, which the Eagles outgained 185-125.</li> <li><strong>Crockett:</strong> The Bulldogs have won nine consecutive games ... Crockett has outscored its opponents 447-198, an average score of 40.6-11.0 ... Crockett has held five of its last six opponents to 20 or fewer points, including three single-digit defensive performances.</li> </ul>

<strong>Keys to victory:</strong> Harmony must find a way to contain Crockett's playmakers. The Bulldogs will have the perimeter athleticism edge, and Harmony won't be able to win if it allows big plays. Offensively, Harmony has to run the ball consistently with success. The Eagles did that for one half against Marlin, but failed to continue to do so in the second half. Crockett would be well served to jump on Harmony early as the Eagles are not built offensively to overcome significant deficits.

<strong>Did you know:</strong> This is Harmony's first trip to the third round of the football playoffs in school history.

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