Preview: Cox Mill at A.L. Brown

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 30, 2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Cox Mill 5-1, 2-0 SPC; A.L. Brown 5-1, 2-0 SPC
Series: Wonders lead 2-0
Last meeting: A.L. Brown rushed for 324 yards and led 35-7 before the Chargers scored a pair of fourth-quarter TDs to make it 35-21.
It was 61-7 when the Wonders faced the new school in 2009.
Last game: Cox Mill played Friday and edged Hickory Ridge 8-7; A.L. Brown demolished Central Cabarrus 65-0 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium
Next week: Cox Mill is at Concord; A.L. Brown is at Mt. Pleasant
Game notes: Like all teams these days the Wonders are understandably reluctant to deal in specifics and timetables when it comes to Damien Washington’s knee injury, but there are hints that the Wonders hope to have him back on the field by mid-October.
Looking at the schedule, that should work out fine.
While the Wonders’ upcoming SPC opponents— Cox Mill, Mount Pleasant and Hickory Ridge — certainly appear to be superior to Robinson and Central Cabarrus, it’s likely the Wonders won’t be seriously challenged before they take on Northwest Cabarrus on Oct. 20.
Even without Washington, the Wonders won their first two SPC games 48-0 and 65-0, and the 65-0 outcome was heavily sprinkled with mercy.
Brown got a breakout game from Keenan Medley (three TDs) on Saturday and the expected big games from RB Kalif Phillips and QB Brandon Eppinger. Eppinger has thrown 10 TDs with just two picks. Phillips has raced for 534 rushing yards and has scored 12 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Wonders have been ferocious of late. End Shakil Gore was all-world vs. Central, and Jamar Nelson, Kaleel Hollis and J.P. Lott shine in the secondary.