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Prep football at a glance: Belleville West at Lincoln-Way East
Belleville West at Lincoln-Way East
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Last meeting: First playoff meeting.
Records: Belleville West 5-4, Lincoln-Way East 8-1.
Players to watch: Belleville West – Jodeci Mack, Sr., QB, 6-0, 167 (14-35, 197 yards, TD, 2 INT; 148 carries, 911 yards, 11 TDs); Robert Murphy, Sr., FB, 5-9, 192 (97 carries, 507 yards, 5 TDs); Mike Izraelite, Sr., DB, 5-8, 175 (27 solos, 10 assists, 13 TFLs, 5 sacks, 4 FR, INT). Lincoln Way East – Ryne Van Gennep, Sr., QB, 6-2, 185 (104-175, 1,514 yards, 14 TDs- 6 INT, ); Kevin Starke, Sr, RB, 6-1, 200 (77 carries, 699 yards, 14 TDs); Austin Copley, Sr., DL, 6-2, 230 (17 solos, 17 assists, 10 sacks, FF, 3 punt blocks, 2 kick blocks).
X and O factor: One of the keys numbers in this game might be 277, which is how many miles separate the schools. Belleville West will board buses for the near five-hour trip north to Frankfort. The Maroons hope to arrive in time for the kids to stretch their legs. Then they must face the balanced attack of the Griffins, led by Van Gennep. Belleville West's ground game, led by Mack, will need to control the ball for the Maroons or it could be a long night and an even longer trip home.