LELY at PALMETTO RIDGE
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Records: Lely 2-6, Palmetto Ridge 1-6
Key players: L — OL L.J. Greenidge, OL Booz Contave, OL Jamal Durity, OL Adam Hurdis, OL Eddie Carey. PR — QB Sean Hatch, RB Ron Johnson, RB Marcus Smith, WR Javion Morgan,
What to watch for: Both teams are more focused on the run, and have struggled offensively in recent weeks. ... The Trojans will be trying to snap a string of three games without a touchdown. ... PR running back Ron Johnson will try to get untracked after Naples held him to three yards last week.
Lely and Palmetto Ridge, two teams with losing records, are looking for some positives to build on.
In Lely's last three games it has not scored a touchdown and been shut out twice, while managing only five points, a field goal and a safety.
"We've had chances to score (touchdowns) but haven't gotten it done," Lely coach Stacey Stewart said.
On three opportunities in its 10-5 loss to Golden Gate, the Trojans (2-6) turned the ball over with an end zone interception, another interception at the Titans 15, and a fumble on the Titans 20-yard line.
A positive in the game, with Stewart giving credit to his offensive line, was Lely gaining nearly 300 total yards of offense.
In its last two games, the Bears (1-7) have been outscored 88-14. However, one loss to state-ranked Naples accounted for 64 points.
Bears coach Ryan Mitchell is glad to have all of his players healthy.
"We have all our players back and ready to go," he said. "We are working on versatility, running and throwing and showing different formations. ... Most important is that we have a good second half and finish strong."
One of Mitchell's biggest concerns is dealing with Lely's Karbiel Dirogene, first on defense, then on offense.
"He is flat-out their best defensive player. We have to put a hat on him every play on defense," Mitchell said. "On offense he can pass the football and is a great playmaker. They also have killer speed in the backfield that we need to contain."
Stewart said the game is about pride and integrity.
"As an alum, which they will soon be, it is about still being able to leave a legacy," he said. "They can still leave with positives and someday say they helped turn the program around."
Both coaches said it was up to their teams to decide the winner.
"It's up to us not to beat ourselves," Stewart said.