Football preview: A.L. Brown vs. Robinson

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 12, 2009

nTime: 7:30 p.m.
nBracket: 3AA West
nSeeds: No. 14 Jay M. Robinson Bulldogs vs. No. 3 A.L. Brown Wonders
nRecords: Robinson 5-6; A.L. Brown 9-2
nSeries: Wonders lead 4-0
nLast meeting: Wonders won 34-14 against the Bulldogs in their SPC opener on Sept. 25 at RobinsonnKen Massey ratings: (No. 210) Robinson vs. (No. 71) A.L. Brown
nHead coaches: Robinson: Bobby Cloninger; A.L. Brown: Ron Massey (106-29 in 10 years at Brown, 191-80-3 overall)
n JMR offense: 31.4 ppg
n JMR defense: 24.7 ppg
n Brown offense: 35.9 ppg
n Brown defense: 15.0 ppg
n JMR vs. winning teams: 0-6
n Brown vs. winning teams: 3-2
n Robinson on the road: 3-3
n Wonders at home: 5-1
n Who beat Robinson? Hickory Ridge (6-5), Carson (6-5), Piedmont (7-4), NW Cabarrus (8-3), A.L. Brown (9-2), South Rowan (9-2)
n Who beat Brown? South Rowan (9-2), Concord (5-6)
nNext week: Winner takes on the Charlotte Catholic-Asheville Erwin survivor. Wonders will be home for the second round if they win. Brown has met Catholic in the playoffs the past four seasons.
nGame notes: Robinson finished fifth in the SPC, but it was a handful of points from tying for first. The Bulldogs lost 30-27 to NW Cabarrus on the road Oct. 9 and 28-26 to Hickory Ridge on the road last week.
SPC champ Brown led 34-0 after three quarters in the first matchup with Robinson, but the Bulldogs played without QB Robert Cloninger.
The Wonders enter the playoffs shaken a bit by a stunning home loss to Concord. Linebackers Terrance Johnson and Dana Moss should get them back on track. รณ Mike London