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Prep football: Davie County-Mt. Tabor preview

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Davie 3-5, 0-2 CPC; Mount Tabor 5-3, 1-1 CPC
Series: Spartans lead 12-8
Last meeting: Spartans pounded Davie 38-17 in 2008
Streaks: Mount Tabor has won the last five meetingsnLast time Davie beat the Spartans: War Eagles won 14-12 in 2000
Last week: Davie lost 13-7 in overtime to unbeaten West Forsyth; Mount Tabor lost to unbeaten R.J. Reynolds 28-21
Next week: Davie is home against Reagan; Mount Tabor is home against North Davidson
Game notes: Mount Tabor’s three losses are to Butler (7-0), Glenn (7-1) and R.J. Reynolds (8-0), which isn’t positive news for the War Eagles. Defensive tackle Chris Manns and quarterback Brad Morton (12-of-28 passing for 266 yards last week) lead the Spartans.
The War Eagles definitely have been exciting with two three-point losses, one overtime loss and just one routine victory. Davie beat Salisbury 10-7 and Thomasville 17-15, so the War Eagles are a few bad bounces away from 1-7 and a few good ones from 6-2.
Coordinator Devore Holman’s defense did an astounding job last week with corners Joe Watson and P.J. Neely matching up in man-to-man press coverage and allowing more teammates to stop the run. Davie shut down West Forsyth’s offense, but a blocked punt helped the Titans.
Watson, NCPreps.com’s preseason CPC Player of the Year, has actually made a bigger impact on defense than offense (24 catches, 378 yards, four TDs).
Davie may have Jacob Barber back at QB this week. A concussion kept him out of last week’s game, and he also missed Davie’s 3-0 loss against Alexander Central. ó Mike London

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