Prep football preview: Weddington at AL Brown

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 10, 2011

nTime: 7:30 p.m.
nClass: 3AA
nPod: Midwest
nSeeds and records: No. 7 Weddington (7-4) at No. 3 A.L. Brown (11-1)
nRecords vs. winning teams: Weddington is 3-4. A.L. Brown is 4-1.
n Common Opponent: Undefeated 4A Porter Ridge played both at home, beating Brown 41-13 and topping Weddington 38-7.
nStats: Weddington scores 26.5 per game and allows 22. Brown scores 44 per game and allows 14.
nBest wins: Weddington stunned South Point (10-1), No. 1 in the 3A poll, last week, although a first-half injury to South Pointís QB was certainly a factor. Weddington also beat Forest Hills (8-4) and 4A Ardrey Kell (8-3). A.L. Brownís biggest win was against rival Concord (9-3).
nWarriors on the road: 3-3. In addition to Porter Ridge, the Warriors lost away from home at 4A Olympic (9-3) and Marvin Ridge (10-1).
nA.L. Brown at home: 7-0. The lone loss was at Porter Ridge.
nSeries: First meeting.
nLast week: Weddingtonís 23-17 win in Belmont was one of the major upsets of the first round. Brown took care of Ledford 54-28.
nNext week: Itíll be top-seeded Charlotte Catholic (11-0) or Marvin Ridge. A Marvin Ridge win wouldnít make the Wonders sad. A lot of A.L. Brown seasons ended vs. Catholic.
nGame notes: Weddington opened in 1999. The school has a Matthews address, but it is in Union County. … Weddington plays in the split 3A/4A Southern Carolina Conference. … The Warriors ended the regular season with three straight setbacks. . … Weddingtonís coach is Tim Carson, who replaced former A.L. Brown hero Justin Hardin at the helm. … Weddington QB Drew Podrebarac (try to pronounce that one at your own risk) is Brownís primary concern. He was 17-for-31 passing for 244 yards vs. South Point. … In QB Brandon Eppinger and RBs Kalif Phillips (29 TDs) and Damien Washington,the Wonders have three players accounting for more than 100 yards per game. Ryan Lewis and Calvin Smith provide pass protection and blocking on the right side.