Most of the attention going into games is on the stars, but lesser-known players often end up being the difference-makers. Here are a few players who could have a great impact in Week 4:
Taylor Gonzalez, King, WR
Sickles is not 2-0 by accident and their coaching staff is not close to stupid. They have seen the film and know that Greg is excellent, Chris Murray is near unstoppable and together they make for a headache. Expect the Gryphons to make King beat them with some one other than Murray catching passing from Windham. Perfect time for WR, Taylor Gonzalez to make a 2011 splash! His speed and explosiveness has the potential to routinely produce big plays. Windham will certainly target him to take advantage of a potentially double covered, Chris Murray. If Gonzalez gets behind the defense early and often, the rest of the Lion play makers will find plenty of room to operate in the underneath zones.
The Match Up: Sickles CB, Adrian Lopez vs. King WR, Chris Murray
Eyes on: King Offensive Line
Eric Moate, Spoto, ATH
The 2013 Spartan has been an all-purpose threat the past 2 games, but he needs to give the Chiefs a boost in the running game after a lackluster performance vs. Gibbs. To the date, Moate is credited for 175 rushing yards on 14 carries, averaging 12.5 yards a carry. He will need another 100plus rush game to get past an improving Middleton Tiger defense.
The Match Up: Spoto WR, Geronimo Alison vs. Middleton ATH, Richard Benjamin
Eyes on: Middleton Offense
Kadeash Reaves, Tampa Bay Tech., DT
The Titans need to generate a consistent defensive push to have any chance of slowing down Chamberlain RB, Xavier Johnson. Reaves, has shown that he is a penetrating force in the middle with 1 sack, 23 total tackles and 7 solo tackles in his first 3 games. If he can set up shop in the Chief’s backfield, the Titans can rely on their athletic secondary and line backers to clamp down the perimeter of the defense.
The Match Up: Chamberlain WRs, Jermaine Gilyard and David Persaud
TBT CB, Major Bloom and Tres Stewart
Eyes on: Andrew Green, Tampa Bay Tech., DE
Sean Culkin, Indian Rocks, WR/TE
This is short and sweet. Sean Culkin has rolled up some big numbers in 3 games; 16 catches, 303 receiving yards, 18.94 ypc and 8 TDs. It could take Bradenton Christian’s whole secondary to contain him. Doubt they will stop him. He is too big, too strong and and too athletic!
The Match Up: IRC WR, Sean Culkin vs. Bradenton’s whole secondary
Eyes on: Kendall Brandenburg
Nick Fabrizio, Durant, ATH
This district show down will showcase some of the most underrated players in east Hillsborough County. Durant ATH, Nick Fabrizio happens to be one of them. If Brandon wants to win this ball game, they must shut down Frabrizio. The Cougar ATH has not passed the ball much, but he sure has rushed the ball well (35 rushes for 265 yards and 3 rushing TDs).
The Match Up: Durant OG, Zack Lauer vs. Brandon DT, Isaiah Harris
Eyes on: Vincent Motley, Brandon, DE