Playoff Preview: Britton Deerfield at Whiteford

Britton Deerfield (1-5) at Whiteford (4-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Coaches: Jason Mensing is in his ninth season at Whiteford and is 80-21 overall and 16-7 in the playoffs. Erik Johnson is in his fourth season at BD (9-26) and 12th season overall (69-59).

Last meeting: Whiteford 22, BD 20, week 5

All-time series: Whiteford leads 21-7

Whiteford playoff history: The Bobcats have been in the playoffs the last nine seasons and 21 times all-time, including a state championship season of 2017.

BD playoff history: The Patriots are in the playoffs a second straight season and 11th time overall. They last made a state semifinal appearance in 2000.

How to watch: The game will be livestreamed on BCSNNation.com

Whiteford player to watch: Shea Ruddy didn’t play the first time Whiteford played BD but is healthy and back in the Bobcat starting lineup. He has 717 yards passing and nine touchdowns this season.

BD player to watch: Nico Johnson leads BD in passing (428 yards) and rushing (548 yards).

Game notes: The young Bobcats are on a three-game win streak, including a come-from-behind win Friday to overtake Summerfield. The running attack has come on strong in recent weeks, thanks in large part to the Bobcats running behind All-State tackle Noah Bauman. BD has battled injuries all season with their only win coming against winless Pittsford.

Comments from Whiteford coach Mensing: “We feel blessed we get another opportunity to play … With the pandemic and all the challenges that we are all facing on a day-to-day basis the privilege of having this opportunity is special.  I am grateful the state found an opportunity for all schools to get another contest and create memories. We hope we can continue to improve and extend our season as long as possible.”

Comments from BD coach Johnson: “It seems like every week we are plugging guys in. We don’t have a deep roster to begin with. When you are on your third starting tackle, it’s tough. The playoffs will be a challenge, but the kids have stepped up before.” 

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