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A look at this year’s Mount de Sales Cavaliers football team

Mount de Sales head coach Keith Hatcher discusses the expectations for the Cavaliers' 2018 football season.
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Mount de Sales head coach Keith Hatcher discusses the expectations for the Cavaliers' 2018 football season.

Unsure of which game you want to attend this week? Here are our four feature matchups from around Middle Georgia.

Mount de Sales (6-0) vs Tattnall (4-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Tattnall

Story of the game: Mount de Sales heads into this matchup with a perfect record coming off a shutout victory over Twiggs County. Tattnall is riding a hot streak of its own, winners of three straight, including a nail-biter over Stratford last week.

Keys to the game for Mount de Sales: This team seems to find new ways to win every week. The Cavaliers have showed that they can win the close ones or blow people out. The offense will be the biggest factor in whether Mount de Sales remains undefeated. The defense has been strong all year long. The offense needs to score 24 points to win the game as the defense is strong enough to hold Tattnall to around 20 points.

Keys to the game for Tattnall: Tattnall will need its defense to step up. Last week, the Trojans held Stratford to 19 points. The offense is going to have a hard time scoring against that Cavalier defense. If the Trojans can hold Mount de Sales’ offense in check, then the upset is possible.

Staff picks: Justin pick: Tattnall ; Hayes pick: Mount de Sales

Fan pick: Mount de Sales

Stratford (1-5) vs FPD (2-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday at FPD

Story of the game: Stratford is coming into this game with its last two losses coming by a combined three points. FPD is coming off back-to-back wins. Stratford almost needs this game to right the ship on this season. FPD is looking to continue to string together victories.

Keys to the game for Stratford: Finish the drill. This team has come so close in recent weeks. Extra points being the undoing both teams. This week will be a chance for them to put that all behind them. Eventually, this team should be able to breakthrough with a win.

Keys to the game for FPD: This offense has looked really good the last two weeks. Early in the season they could not put the ball in the endzone. Those times have changed, putting up 33 and 43 in back-to-back wins. If they can get the offense clicking early then it could turn into another big win for this team.

Staff picks: Justin pick: FPD ; Hayes pick: Stratford

Fan pick: FPD

Northside (4-3) vs Lee County (6-0)

4:00 p.m. Saturday at Northside

Story of the game: Northside is coming off its most impressive victory of the season over the number two ranked Coffee County Trojans. This week another set of Trojans are preparing to do battle with the Eagles as Lee County hosts them. Lee County is coming off another blowout win with a 40-0 win over Thomson.

Keys to the game for Northside: The Eagles have to get Jadin Daniels out in the open to make plays. The kid is basically the right handed Mike Vick with the speed he possess once he turns the corner. If he can get out to a good start on the ground it should open up the passing lanes.

Keys to the game for Lee County: They haven’t allowed a point in the last two weeks. Yes, 90-0 is the aggregate score of Lee County’s last two games. If that it isn’t impressive enough then try 254-16 for the entire season. No team has scored more than 7 points on them this season. The defense and offense are good. As long as the Trojans don’t get caught by surprise then it should be another win for them.

Staff picks: Justin pick: Lee County ; Hayes pick: Lee County

Fan pick: Northside

Dublin (6-1) vs Southwest (2-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Southwest

Story of the game: Dublin is coming off a big win against Dodge County and grabbed its third win in a row. Southwest is coming off a heartbreaker in overtime.

Keys to the game for Dublin: Dublin’s strength is in its defense. The Fighting Irish haven’t given up more than 15 points in a game this season. As long as the offense puts up more than that then the team has pulled out the victory. The lone loss came against Brooks County, 13-10. If the offense can put up some points early then they should be able to ride

Keys to the game for Southwest: Playmakers make plays. The Patriots have quite a few. The two that come to mind are Jaquez Pennimon and Malique Frazier. The WR-QB combo has been successful for Southwest this season. Frazier can throw balls on a dime but he also has a tremendous weapon in Pennimon. The pair will have to make a lot of plays come Friday night to pull of the upset.

Staff picks: Justin pick: Dublin ; Hayes pick: Dublin

Fan pick: Southwest

Pick Standings

Hayes: 14-2

Justin: 11-5

Fans: 10-6