GAR at Lakeland
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: GAR’s Paul Wiedlich Jr. (29-8, 4th year); Lakeland’s Jeff Wasilchak (137-58, 17th year)
Last Meeting: Lakeland 35-17 in 2012
All-Time Series: Lakeland leads 7-5
Quick Fact: The teams have played four times the last two years.
Scouting GAR: The Grenadiers are going back to their roots. That might seem hard to do since their practice field has very little healthy grass on it. But they will run more with QB Rashaun Mathis carrying the ball. RB Rich Sickler is also a hard-running veteran. And now that some bigger names are gone, C Zac Faust can show what a fine lineman he is. The defense looks good up front and so-so in the back.
Scouting Lakeland: The Chiefs have a quality runner in Chris Roche and a big-play receiver in Gavin O’Donnell. After that it’s a bit of an unknown how the team stacks up offensively. Same goes for the defense. But Lakeland, the D2-2A runner-up last season, seems to find guys to plug in annually. Don’t expect the program to drop off the table.
What To Expect: This could be the best game of the night. Lakeland’s home field advantage gives the Chiefs a slight edge in the teams’ fifth meeting since the start of the 2011 season.