Unbeaten Belmont eager for Aberdeen challenge

The Class 4A Lafayette-New Albany matchup isn’t the only No. 1-vs.-No. 2-game on the docket for Friday’s MHSAA football quarterfinals. That just happens to be one of three matchups involving the Daily Journal’s top-ranked teams.
In the Class 3A quarterfinals, Belmont (12-0), the Daily Journal’s second-ranked team, will play at top-ranked Aberdeen (12-1) on Friday night.
“I know Aberdeen is the favorite,” said Cardinals head coach Kerry Moody. “I know Aberdeen’s got a lot of team speed. We’re looking forward to the challenge. We’re getting ready for it.”
Belmont took care of business against Cleveland’s East Side High School in Friday’s second-round game, winning 49-26 at Earl Alexander Field, and Aberdeen defeated Leland 42-0 at home Friday to set up a No. 1-vs.-No. 2 matchup in the quarterfinals.
“I think it’ll be a tough game,” Cardinals sophomore running back Alexander Fancher said about playing Aberdeen, “but if we play like we played tonight, I think we can hang with them.”
The other meeting between the Daily Journal’s top-ranked teams will take place in Calhoun City. East Webster, ranked No. 2 in the Daily Journal’s small schools’ rankings, will take on No. 1 Calhoun City in a game featuring two 13-0 teams.
The two former Division 1-1A foes split their last two playoff meetings, both coming in the second round, with East Webster winning 28-14 last year and the Wildcats coming away with a 14-7 win in 2008 before advancing to that year’s Class 1A state championship game where they lost to Puckett.
Contributing: Blake Long.

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