Murray County

November 9, 2012

Friday night football previews: Area playoff hopefuls need wins

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Cedartown (5-4) at Southeast (2-7)

Southeast has one primary goal tonight: Win a Region 7-4A crossover game against Cedartown to end their season on a positive note.

How do the Raiders pull that off?

Stop Cedartown running back Nick Chubb.

Anyone who knows that name knows it’s not going to be an easy task.

Chubb, a 5-foot-11-inch, 198-pound junior, has run hog wild all season, piling up 2,449 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns. A big chunk of that production — 366 yards and seven touchdowns — came against the Raiders in the Bulldogs’ 47-27 victory on Sept. 28.

Only Gilmer has been able to slow Chubb, holding the state’s leading rusher to 77 yards, a whopping 195.1 below his per-game average.

“They just whipped us,” Cedartown coach Scott Hendrix said. “He’s not Superman. Gilmer wasn’t worried about us throwing the football. Gilmer was worried about stopping Nick.”

Raiders coach Sean Gray believes his defense is playing more physical football than in September, and that might prove beneficial to staying in the game this time around.

“I told our guys early in the season they were playing soft,” Gray said. “We weren’t very physical and weren’t playing hard. Once they learned how to play hard, they became more physical. Now, we’re a better football team.”

However, the Raiders may not be as healthy as they were two months ago.

Already ailing, junior standout Rhett Harper was hurt in the first quarter of a 14-10 loss to rival Dalton last week. Harper, who starts at receiver but has played at quarterback the past two games because of an injury to starting quarterback Blake Foster, was injured himself while on defense against the Cats. He’s still hobbled.

Foster is also banged up, but will play, while linebacker Abram Stanley — who led the Raiders with 16 tackles against Dalton but suffered a shoulder injury — is questionable.

Written by The Daily Citizen sports writers Devin Golden and Chris Whitfield and correspondents Larry Fleming, Dave Gordon and Doug Hawley.

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