The rivalry between Purcell Marian and Norwood has always been that classic battle between private versus public school affair no matter how good or bad the teams are.
Friday night’s U.S. Marines Backyard Battle between the two squads has much more to offer.
For the past eight seasons the adversaries have met in Week 2 splitting the series at 4-4. This tiebreaking tilt has quite the flair behind it.
Norwood can light up the scoreboard with their offense. The Cavs showed they could do the same in their opening win over Deer Park. The scoreboard operator will be getting a work out in this one. The Sheakley Center has become the new home for Purcell Marian and the program is taking pride in that and it shows on the field.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. at Sheakley Center, University of Cincinnati
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PLAYERS TO WATCH: Quarterback Andrew Conover and receiver Jared Peters are rewriting the Norwood record books on every completion. Peters is also a very good defensive back.
Quarterback McKell Jones has started to emerge as one of the GCL-Coeds top players for Purcell Marian. Junior speedster Jair Knox is following in his path.
TEAM TRENDS: There were some recent years that both programs would like to forget, but they are things of the past now. From 2009 through 2011 Purcell Marian went a combined 4-26 with three of those wins against Norwood. During that same span Norwood was 5-25.
NORWOOD’S KEYS TO VICTORY: The Indians have to stop the Purcell Marian passing attack. They must make great improvements from last week loss to Madeira who threw for 384 yards. Norwood will have to avoid turnovers and untimely mistakes which were the difference in their Week 1 loss. Purcell Marian proved last Friday that they can force and capitalize on their opponents miscues.
PURCELL MARIAN’S KEYS TO VICTORY: The Cavs must avoid getting into a shootout it is unknown territory for them. Norwood has shown they can put up points against anyone. Devonte Matthews and the P.M .run game will have to show it has an identity like it did last week when it pounded home six touchdowns against Deer Park. The higher the scoreboard goes the more Purcell Marian will have to rely on their return game getting them over the hump in the end.
PREDICTION: NORWOOD 35, PURCELL MARIAN 34