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Thomas County Central defenders Jonathan Esther, left, and Jalen Snead, right, close in on Houston County quarterback Taylor Ring last Friday night.

Northside-Warner Robins brings an undefeated season and No. 2 ranking in Class AAAA into tonight’s showdown with Thomas County Central.

It’ll also bring the most imposing, physical team the Yellow Jackets will have faced since a year ago when the teams played at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

“Their (defensive tackle) is 290-300. Their noseguard is about 280. Their weakside end, quote weakside end, is like 290. their strongside end is about 270. Their ‘Mike’ linebacker is 220,” Central coach Bill Shaver said. “Right up the middle, they’re pretty strong and big. They’ve got three of their four secondary guys back.

“Offensive line-wise, they’re 250-260 across the front. They’ve got a lot of size.”

Only one Central defender (Jalen Snead) compares in size to Northside’s offensive front. Central senior Peyton Glass, who doubles as a center and defensive end is listed at just under 200 pounds.

The Eagles’ massive defensive front could pose a problem for Central’s veer offense. The rushing attack that churned out 423 yards in last week’s rout over Houston County could find yards tough to come by against a defense that’s pitched two shutouts and allowing just eight points a game.

“It will make it hard for us to make a living on running our mid-line, which has been our No. 1 play this year,” Shaver said. “Adam (Choice) reads the first down man and he takes the dive running up through the ‘B’ gap. It’s going to be harder for that to be a big, huge play. But it’s still got to be a good play for us because it is our No. 1 play.”

For full story, see Friday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.

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