Predictions

Parry McCluer (4-2) at Narrows (6-0)

WHEN: 7 p.m. on Friday

WHERE: Narrows High School in Narrows

MATCHUP: No. 3 PM (4-2) plays at No. 2 Narrows (6-0) in the Region 1C semifinals.

SCOUTING THE GREEN WAVE: Not only are the Green Wave undefeated this season, but they haven’t been scored on, winning their games by an average of 37 points. When the Green Wave visited PM in the Blues’ opener on March 1, Narrows had its closest game of the season, leading 20-0 at halftime and winning 32-0. Leading the Green Wave was quarterback Reid Bowman, who rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and passed for 49 yards and two TDs. The Green Wave’s defense shut down the Blues, holding them to 27 total yards of offense.

SCOUTING THE BLUES: The Blues are a different team than when they faced Narrows last moth, as many of their players had only had a week of practice going into the opener, coming off successful basketball and wrestling seasons. The offense has really clicked the last few games, and the defense has improved, although sometimes they miss tackles at key moments. The Narrows environment will be a tough one to compete at, but we think the Blues will elevate their level of play.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE’S PICK: We look for the Blues to be the first opponent to score on Narrows this season. PM has had success with its running game, and we look for Ty Ruley, John Snider, Nick Reid and Jalen Mitchell to lead the way. However, the blocking of Narrows will allow Bowman to get to the end zone several times, and the Green Wave’s defense will be too much to handle. Narrows will deal the Blues a 28-14 loss.

Heritage (5-1) at Rockbridge County (6-0)

WHEN: 7 p.m. on Friday

WHERE: Prasnicki-Ross Field in Lexington

MATCHUP: No. 4 Heritage at No. 1 Rockbridge County in the Region 3C semifinals

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS: Heritage placed second in the Seminole District, only losing to district champion Brookville 28-7 on March 19. Otherwise, the Pioneers have coasted, winning by an average of 41.6 points. In the Pioneers’ regular-season finale last Friday, they defeated E.C. Glass 31-7. Rajan Booker led Heritage, rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and Kameron Burns passed for 61 yards. Heritage’s defense has held opponents to an average of 10.8 points per game.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: The Wildcats are coming off their first undefeated regular season and winning their first outright district title in program history. RC was tested by their final three opponents but made key plays to come out with victories. Those close showdowns should help the Wildcats in this one against a team that is hungry to have a rematch with Brookville in the regional finals. Look for the Wildcats to go to Bret McClung on the ground again, with the help of blocking by the offensive line. The success of the running game should open up opportunities for quarterback Miller Jay to pass.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE’S PICK: We look for another competitive game. The Wildcats will be allowed 300 spectators, and we see the home crowd giving RC extra energy. It’s been a wild but successful year, and we look for the Wildcats’ success to continue as they earn a 28-21 win and a trip to the regional championship.

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