Canandaigua football will be taking on the Carthage Comets in the NYSPHSAA state semi-final at Cicero-North Syracuse High School at 8 PM. on Friday.
The two teams have identical records at 10-1 on the season, and are both ranked in the Top 10 of the class A standings. Carthage is currently ranked #4, while Canandaigua is ranked #8.
The last four opponents the Braves have faced have all been ranked higher in the class A standings at the time of their matchup.
The Comets are averaging 45 points a game this season on offense, while only allowing 15 points a game on defense. Canandaigua’s offense is averaging 28 points a game, while allowing only 11 points a game.
The Braves’ defense was able to harass South Park the whole game in the far West Regional last Friday. The defensive line gave SP quarterback Mykell Hepburn no time to throw the ball, and gave Keith Jackson zero running lanes. All of this was a big reason why Canandaigua was able to hold an offense that was averaging 40 points a game to only 6 points last week.
If the Braves want to shut down their opponents offense this week they will have to do it against Senior running back Fombo Azah, who has over 30 touchdowns this season for the Comets. Last week, Azah turned in 220 rushing yards on 33 carries in the Comets win over Auburn in regionals. He also rushed for three touchdowns.
Luckily the Braves have shown the ability to shutdown stud running backs lately like Freddie Brock of East, and Keith Jackson of South Park. Hopefully the third time will be another charm for the Braves defense.
The Braves offense will go a long way in helping their defense if they put up another bulldozing effort by the offensive line, who have been creating massive alleys for the running backs to run through, especially in the postseason.
Lastly, I want to highlight that special teams has been a huge advantage in every game this season behind the legs of Senior punter Joey Urlacher and Senior kicker Matt Vierhile.
You can listen to the game LIVE online for free at http://chosenspotradio.com or on your smartphone using the free Mixlr app.
Pregame Friday with Spazman and Greg Herbst will start at 7:45PM.