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The American Football Conference champion Denver Broncos are a narrow pick to win Super Bowl XLVIII, and two Lancaster County prep football coaches say they feel it will go that way.
“I have to go with the Broncos,” said Andrew Jackson High School head coach David Moore, The Lancaster News 2013 Coach of the Year for prep football. “I think Denver has more guys, like Peyton Manning and Wes Welker, who have been there before.
“I think on a big stage like this that experience and knowing what to expect is a key factor,” said Moore. “Manning will be prepared because he always studies his opponent and knows them well.
“I guess Denver is the old guys, so I’m going for them. They won’t get caught up in all the hoopla and hype. They will be focused and ready to play.”
The Broncos are a two-point pick in the game which is slated to kick off at 6:30 p.m. today at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
FOX Sports, Lancaster cable channel 46 WJZY, will carry the game, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling the action.
Indian Land High coach Mike Mayer said he feels Denver will notch its third Super Bowl win in their seventh overall appearance.
“I’m going with the Broncos,” Mayer said. “I think the key will be which team will be able to adjust to the cold weather Sunday and I feel the Broncos will be able to make the quicker adjustment because they are used to playing in cold weather.
“I do feel it will be a good game and come down to the wire like most are predicting, but I feel Denver will have the edge.”
Buford High School head coach Mike Wells said he’s predicting a Seahawks’ win.
“I really don’t care too much about the teams in this one because my teams are the Packers and Panthers, but I think the Seahawks are going to pull it out.
“They play strong defense and I think they will have an answer for the Broncos,” Wells said. “I feel the Broncos are a little better on the offensive side, and the Seahawks have the best defense of the two.
“As they always say, defense wins championships and I feel the Seahawks’ defense will be the difference on Sunday night.”