Bayshore looks to bounce back from a six-turnover performance against Braden River. Meanwhile, Palmetto is back in action after a bye week. Both teams are looking for their first win over a county foe this season.
Here’s how the matchup breaks down:
Who: Bayshore (2-2) at Palmetto (1-2)
Where: Harllee Stadium
When: 7:30 p.m.
Scouting Bayshore: The Bruins will look to rebound after dropping their district-opener last week to Braden River, which clamped down on a Bayshore offense that scored 115 points in the previous two weeks. The Bruins still boast a formidable ground game with Cedric Washington, Dominic Everett and Alex Mobley, all of whom are averaging over 6 yards per carry and have teamed for 11 TDs. The Bruins, however, have to work on stopping the opponents’ run, having allowed an average of 180.5 in their first four games if they want to stop their losing streak against county opponents.
Scouting Palmetto: The Tigers earned their first win of the season two weeks ago and may get more good news if quarterback Melvin Burston (ankle) returns this week. Coach Dave Marino said there is a chance Burston could see some time — which would move Cory Crawford back to his regular spot at wide receiver — but they do not want to rush Burston back like they did Week 1 against Southeast. Palmetto has scored 77 points in the past two weeks and is averaging 160 yards per game on the ground thanks in part to Marquis Green, who has scored three TDs and is averaging 10.5 yards on 25 carries. The Tigers host powerful Charlotte in their Class 4A-District 10 opener last week, a team that, similar to Bayshore, keeps the ball on the ground. Consequently, Marino considers tonight a good tune-up as Palmetto heads into the most crucial part of its schedule.
The score: Palmetto 17, Bayshore 7.