Football: Oak Ridge and The Woodlands meet in battle for district lead

By: Ryan Musich, Woodlands Online Sports
| Published 10/20/2017

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas---With both teams coming off of key district wins at home, The Woodlands and Oak Ridge meet up Friday night for a battle of District 12-6A titans.

The War Eagles come in looking to keep their undefeated season alive against a tough Highlander team that may or may not have stand out wide receiver Kesean Carter back from injury.

The War Eagles defense will have to defend a strong Highlander running game also. Running backs Breyton Gilford and Lucas Summers have been quite the tandem the past few weeks for The Woodlands.

On top of having multiple touchdowns the in consecutive weeks, the two-headed backfield for The Woodlands has taken a lot of pressure off of quarterback Quinton Johnson.

It will be interesting to see who the War Eagles put behind center Friday, as after Reinard Britz started most of the season, he was replaced by Bishop Durst in Oak Ridge’s game against College Park. There has been no word on if Britz is hurt, or if this was a strategic move.

A welcome sight the past few weeks for the War Eagles have been the play of wide receiver Tanner Lacy. Lacy had a very productive game last week and hopes to continue his improved play this week against an exceptional Highlanders secondary.

Let’s not forget about this quick War Eagles defense though. Guys like Joseph Ossai, Malachi Cramm, Nate Bushek, Mykedrian Ellis, and Robert Bartee have been solid all year long for Oak Ridge, and this will by far be their toughest task to date.

This battle of district titans will surely be a candidate for Game of the Year. Two teams that are undefeated in district and seem to be very even this season. Both teams with top-notch defenses and exceptional offenses. My prediction for this week can really go either way, but I think Oak Ridge will pull off the upset here. 21-17.

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