Originally Posted by quasimodo
Be wary of comparing schedules based on who made the playoffs and their ranking. We're talking about teams over two hours away. I'm not saying Crestview is favored, but you can't compare strength of schedule, based on opponents that have nothing in common.
I agree somewhat... I just think it bodes well to have played good teams. If there are only 4 teams left in the region and 2 of them are from the same conference then it can be a useful measuring stick of your team. Now, I know that has no bearing on what will happen Friday night... But it may be a little boost in confidence to know that you match up well with the better teams.
I have also seen turf brought into the discussion here and elsewhere... Yes, Valley plays on turf but I don't see how it is an advantage or disadvantage for either team. I could see playing on grass in rough weather being a disadvantage to speed or spread teams, but turf seems to be a neutral surface. I don't think it will be much of a factor in the game.
Also after reading about Crestview and their running back, it looks like we could be in for a treat Friday night. The Indians have a back that has around 1500 yards and 31 TDs. He has done this on roughly 165 carries, so he's just under 10 yards a pop. I know the Crestview kid has approx 2000 yards and has a big number (5000+) for his career. Is he a 25-30 carry back? Isn't he more of a straight ahead bruiser? Valley's RB is big (6-2, 205) but he's very quick and has great vision in the open field.
This should be a great contest! Go Valley!