Landrum takes on Christ Church for Region II crown

Published 3:10 pm Friday, October 30, 2009

igher playoff seed will be at stake tonight when the Cardinals travel to Christ Church for the final game of the regular season.

Both teams carry in unbeaten region records at 3-0. Christ Church, 7-2 overall, is also unbeaten at home this season. Landrum, 5-4 overall, is 2-2 on the road.

Christ Church has lost only to Heathwood Hall and Charlotte Latin, and has dominated nearly every game its won. The Cavaliers have outscored opponents by nearly 20 points per contest, and their slimmest margin of victory was 13 points.

In region competition, Christ Church pounded Southside Christian 52-0 (Landrum beat Southside 19-7), got past Blacksburg 41-21 (Landrum beat Blacksburg 35-28) and blanked Whitmire last week 31-0 (Landrum beat Whitmire 27-0).

Landrum&squo;s defense, led this season by Antonio Barron, Xavier Marrs and Spike Brannon, among others, will have the challenge of slowing one of the top offensive attacks in the area. Christ Church has averaged nearly 35 points per game and has been held under 20 points only once this season.

Christ Church has been led by quarterbacks Graham Paylor and Hunter Townes. Paylor has thrown for 754 yards, 5 TD&squo;s, and 6 INT&squo;s, and also rushed 81 times for 607 yards. Townes has thrown for 679 yards, 8 TD&squo;s and 3 INT&squo;s, and rushed 33 times for 320 yards.

The Cardinals also have shown they can be explosive on offense. Some long sustained drives tonight would help Landrum not only create scoring opportunities but keep Christ Church&squo;s potent offense off the field.

Last week, the Cardinals got strong performances again from Tyler Burrell and Brandon Cannon. They both contributed two touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards each. Tyler Logan also had an outstanding night with 96 receiving yards and a touchdown on just three catches to help Landrum get past Blacksburg 35-28.

Defensively, Barron continues to lead Landrum in tackles with 111 on the season, and he also leads in tackles for a loss with 16. Marrs is second with 91 tackles and leads the team in sacks with six. Rico Edwards and Michael Allison have 67 and 65 tackles, respectively.

Brannon leads the team in interceptions with four, followed by Blake Mistretta, who has three to go along with five passes broken up.