Upset Watch: Arundel County & WCAC Playoff Matchups

Going into postseason play for the Arundel County Region and the final regular season games for the WCAC there are a few matchups where there should be an upset watch. The reason for these upset watches is because of a bevy of factors. Whether it be an X-factor on the underdog team, or parts of […]

Going into postseason play for the Arundel County Region and the final regular season games for the WCAC there are a few matchups where there should be an upset watch. The reason for these upset watches is because of a bevy of factors. Whether it be an X-factor on the underdog team, or parts of their game that could attack present challenges for their opponents. Whatever the situation maybe it makes for some intriguing games this Friday and Saturday in both leagues. This piece will look to analyze a matchup from each league where observers could witness an upset by the non-favored squad.

  • Northeast (5-4 record) vs. North Point (7-2 record)- With both teams coming into this Friday playoff matchup having won their last 2 games the momentum advantage cancels out. This game will come down to a couple of key players that will have to be huge X-factors for Northeast to pull off the upset. These X-Factors are outside linebacker Myles Macon and wide receiver Mason Kanipe. These two players because of their physical gifts and talents on the field need to play a huge role for Northeast to pull the upset. Beginning with the Junior linebacker Myles Macon, this 6’0” 187 lbs. outside linebacker can be a huge playmaker to disrupt the North Point offense. Macon plays with great physicality and anticipation at the linebacker position. He shoots gaps quickly and chases down plays consistently with great effort. Macon is also a good blitzer which should come in handy against North Point to apply pressure. Macon will need to use his instincts to stay disciplined and read plays effectively to help stymie the North Point run game and disrupt their passing attack. Mason Kanipe is approximately 6’2” 175 lbs. who plays both receiver and corner. His impact because of his measurables could make him a huge difference maker on offense. This is because he has 2 inches of height on nearly every North Point defensive back. Making him a useful weapon in the red-zone and on contested throws for Northeast’s offense. Kanipe also as a corner can matchup with some of North Point’s bigger receivers in coverage as well. If Northeast can find a way to use his size as a tool to their game-plan then he could give them a decided advantage on the outside. His good hands should help in this matter making him a trusted playmaker on both sides. If Northeast wants to pull off a tough win against a great North Point team, they will need their whole team to step up. If these two players in Macon and Kapine contribute in a huge way for Northeast, they could provide the difference making impact needed to put Northeast over the top.

  • Bishop McNamara (5-4 record) vs. Dematha (6-3)- This matchup presents two teams that come in trying to get back into the win column. With McNamara coming in having lost 3 games in a row coming into this regular season finale including a lopsided loss to Our Lady of Good Counsel. While Dematha is coming off a tight 4-point loss to St. John’s to give them there 3rd loss of the year. The question now becomes what edge does McNamara have that makes them a threat to rebound a beat a good Dematha team? Their reasons for optimism are their sparkling road record and performances, along with their strong run game on offense. Starting with their success on the road this season McNamara is 4-1 on the road this year. Winning these games by an average of 23.5 points a game. Showing they have no fear of playing on the road and provide their most dominant performances when in the opposing teams stadium. A couple of these lopsided wins include a 58-14 win over Riverdale Baptist and a 38-6 win over Paul VI. McNamara hopes this type of road success will give them confidence in this matchup. The other major reason McNamara can pull this upset victory is their strong rushing attack. The Bishop McNamara running game averages 216.4 yards per game on the ground. Which is an impressive total this deep into the High School season to average. Their running attack is as dynamic as it is because of the bevy of backs they use to supplement their running game. From Seniors Alijah Williams and Kenneth Womack, Junior Tyvon Edmonds Jr. and Sophomore Kenneth Prince Jr. they have a stable of ball carriers who contribute to this elite running attack. These four players combine as a group to average around 9 yards a carry, meaning they get you a first down per rush. Tyvon Edmonds leads the team with 4 of there 5 100-yard rushing games. While Womack averages 10.4 yards a rush which is an explosive number. To have 4 different players with at least 3 rushing touchdowns shows the diversity in playmakers out of the backfield as well. Overall if this rushing attack can dominate opponents as it has done in their victorious efforts this year, they will give Dematha all they can handle. In doing so they will finally get a region win on the season as well, which is a solid way to end the season.

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