DISTRICT 6-4A DIVISION II

Pittsburg Pirates (5-3, 1-1)

vs.

Liberty-Eylau Leopards (2-6, 1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday
Harris Field, Texarkana

Coaches

  • Pittsburg: Brad Baca
  • Liberty-Eylau: Steve Wells

Last week

Next week

  • Pittsburg: vs. Marshall, Nov. 9
  • Liberty-Eylau: at Gilmer, Nov. 9

Players to watch

Pittsburg

  • WR/S Keontae Burns, Sr., 6-3, 175 (39 catches, 484 yards, 4 TDs; 23 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD; 23 tackles, 5 for loss, 5 PBUs)
  • QB/CB Jaylon Jimmerson, Sr., 6-0, 190 (124-of-212, 1,726 yards, 17 TDs, 7 INTs; 106 carries, 748 yards, 11 TDs; 62 tackles, 1 for loss, 5 INTs, 6 PBUs, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery)
  • WR/CB Keithlen Griffin, Sr., 6-0, 160 (40 catches, 728 yards, 8 TDs; 16 tackles, 1 INT, 7 PBUs, 1 fumble recovery)
  • RB/DE Desmond Allen, Sr., 5-10, 210 (75carries, 377 yards, 4 TDs)
  • LB Camryn Edney, Sr., 6-0, 208 (104 tackles, 17 for loss, 3 sacks, 7 QB pressures, 3 forced fumbles, 1 recovery)
  • LB Mason Monts, Jr., 5-10, 175 (89 tackles, 8 for loss, 8 QB pressures, 3 forced fumbles)

Liberty-Eylau

  • QB Isaiah Cross, Sr., 6-1, 166 (55-of-106, 898 yards, 10 TDs, 4 INTs; 75 carries, 415 yards, 4 TDs)
  • WR El-Amin Greer, Sr., 6-2, 184 (7 catches, 185 yards, 2 TDs)
  • RB Damian Henderson, Soph., 5-8, 165 (26 carries, 166 yards, 2 TDs; 1 catch, 23 yards)
  • RB/LB Cedric Dickerson, Sr., 5-10, 185 (41 carries, 284 yards, 4 TDs; 5 catches, 74 yards. TD)
  • LB Conderus Shears, Sr., 5-11, 175 (50 tackles, 7 for loss, 5 sacks, 8 QB pressures, 2 forced fumbles, 1 blocked punt)
  • DE Demetry Hunter, Sr., 5-10, 203 (20 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks, 4 QB pressures, 2 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries)
  • LB Marzavin Riles, Sr., 5-9, 175 (42 tackles, 7 for loss, 15 QB pressures, 1 PBU, 2 forced fumbles)
  • DT Isaiah Johnson, Jr., 5-11, 225 (13 tackles, 5 for loss, 3 QB pressures, 1 forced fumble, 2 recoveries)

Just the facts

  • Since 1912, Liberty-Eylau is 14-6 against Pittsburg. The Leopard won the most recent contest in 2015, 28-0.
  • Pittsburg is averaging 413.4 yards per game (215 passing and 198.4 rushing).
  • Jaylon Jimmerson leads Pittsburg in passing, rushing and interceptions.
  • Pirate linebacker Camryn Edney is one of the leading tacklers in East Texas. He averages 13 per game.
  • Liberty-Eylau is averaging 286.3 yards per game (114.3 passing and 172 rushing).
  • The Leopards have already played against four teams ranked in the AP top 10.
  • Leopard quarterback Isaiah Cross is averaging 16.3 yards per completion.

Key matchup: Pittsburg defense against Liberty-Eylau offense. The Leopards need to get their offense going if they hope to have a chance in this game. The defense has not been able to hold teams from scoring, giving up 37 points per game. Look for Liberty-Eylau to try to get running back Cedric Dickerson involved early, as well as creating opportunities for Cross.

Liberty-Eylau QB/WR Isaiah Cross. (© Clint Buckley, ETSN.dm)

On the flip side, Pittsburg has enough athletes to lock down Liberty-Eylau. Jaylon Jimmerson is tied for third in East Texas with five interceptions. Linebackers Camryn Edney and Mason Monts form a tough middle and have forced a combined six fumbles. Whichever group can get the edge here will likely come away with the victory.

Don't be surprised if: This game is high-scoring. It's going to need to be out of necessity. Liberty-Eylau is likely a better team than its 2-6 record indicates, playing one of the toughest non-district schedules in Texas. How much better is still unclear, but the Leopards certainly have an incentive to play well in a game that will determine playoff seeding. Although both teams should be firmly in the postseason, this is a crucial game for the district standings. Look for the Leopards to put up plenty of points in yet another shootout.