Buena Regional (4-2)

at Holy Spirit (5-1)

When/where: 7 p.m. today at Holy Spirit

Why this game is important: Both teams need a win to boost their playoff hopes. Spirit needs a victory to stay in contention for the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference title.

Key players

Buena Regional: Donetae McKinnon, QB, 80 carries for 568 yards, eight touchdowns, 12-of-20 passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns; Michael Haygood, RB, 77 carries for 495 yards; Josh Nuneville, LB, 70 tackles; Tyler Hillgrube, DB, seven passes defended.

Holy Spirit: Nigel Jones, RB, 124 carries for 765 yards; Joe Callahan, QB, 45-of-85 for 996 yards and seven touchdowns; Dan McNair, 14 catches for 367 yards; Anthony Sarao, LB; Quay Williams, DB.

Last five meetings

2008: Holy Spirit 21, Buena Regional 14

2007: Holy Spirit 45, Buena Regional 12

2006: Holy Spirit 24, Buena Regional 7

2005: Holy Spirit 28, Buena Regional 0

2004: Holy Spirit 34, Buena Regional 7

Tonight's breakdown: Spirit will crowd the line of scrimmage to try to shut down Buena's running game. The Chiefs probably need to throw at least a little to loosen the Spartans up. On offense, Spirit will combine the running of Nigel Jones with the timely passing of Joe Callahan. The Spartans have battled the flu bug this week but expect to be fine for tonight.

Michael McGarry

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