Not many teams have been able to stop Gordo this year. In fact…no one has stopped Gordo this year. That is, until Mobile Christian came in and forced multiple turnovers to win 21-14 over the Green Wave. The Leopards look to carry that momentum into a game against another unstoppable opponent in defending 3A champion Piedmont.
Mobile Christian looks to continue their defensive ways against the Bulldogs and Taylor Hayes, who has been an outstanding quarterback the last two years. Mobile Christian’s defense is averaging giving up only 10 points per game, but Piedmont has been able to put up almost 43 per game themselves.
This game is going to come down to turnovers, and whether Mobile Christian can force last year’s 3A Back of the Year to make uncharacteristic mistakes. Meanwhile, Piedmont has allowed 21 or more points throughout the playoffs, so Mobile Christian will need to take advantage of that fact.
Some might call Piedmont’s experience on this stage into being a factor to why they should win this football game. Let’s not forget about Mobile Christian’s success as an AISA program. They have been on the big stage before, and new head coach Ronnie Cottrell has won a title before, just in another state with Godby in Florida.
When it comes to the X’s and O’s of this game, this is a game that you expect to be close, but in Piedmont’s favor. It will come down to the Mobile Christian defense stopping Hayes, but they have had experience with great quarterbacks already in these playoffs with Gordo’s Koy Chapman and Montevallo’s Zac Oden.
Piedmont has the state’s longest winning streak right now with 24 consecutive games won dating back to October 2, 2015. It will be a tall task to stop the Bulldogs, but if there is any team out of the south that can do it, it’s Mobile Christian.
Players to watch
QB Taylor Hayes (Piedmont) – Taylor Hayes is no doubt the #1 player to watch in this game. Hayes was the 3A Back of the Year last season, and was also a two-time all-state linebacker for the Bulldogs before switching to quarterback full-time. He can get it done through the air and with his arm. He had five touchdowns passes in their semifinal rematch against Ohatchee.
CB Ben Coleman (Mobile Christian) – Although they were his first of the season, Coleman had two interceptions last week on Gordo’s Koy Chapman, which led the Leopards to the Super 7. Coleman and the Mobile Christian defense are +14 this season in turnover margin.
QB Cam Horne (Mobile Christian) – Horne has played well this season, and went almost perfect against a stout Gordo defense last weekend, connecting with WR Cam Alexander twice, and sophomore Eric Poellnitz once for touchdowns while going 15/17 for 231 yards.
We’ve come up with a formula to help determine the outcomes of games this season. If you missed our post on it, check it out here with the lines to all of the Super 7 games.
JoxPreps Predictor: Piedmont -9
JoxPreps Staff Picks
Jon Lunceford’s Pick: Piedmont
Aaron Daniel’s Pick: Mobile Christian
Jacob Bunn’s Pick: Piedmont
John SaBerre’s Pick: Piedmont
J.D. Cowart’s Pick: Piedmont