Football: Gilbert/Northwestern vs. Coventry - Preview and Prediction
GILBERT/NORTHWESTERN vs. COVENTRY
WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Coventry High School
2011 RECORDS: G/N 7-3; Coventry 9-1
LAST SEASON: Coventry 28, G/N 0
TISCIA'S PICK: Coventry 24, Gilbert/Northwestern 20
G/N is coming off two strong seasons, fighting for state playoff berths just five years removed from a rough 10-year stretch. The one thorn in its side has been Coventry, which has beat them over the past two years by a combined 56-20 score in two games, including a shutout last season. John Lippincott returns as quarterback for G/N and Tony Ortiz will take over the starting running back role from the departed Devon Molway. G/N lost three starting offensive linemen to graduation and it will be crucial for the Yellowjackets to gain chemistry on that unit early.