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Week four is upon us and four of the five Roane County high school football teams have huge district games on tap this week.
That number would be five-for-five if not for Grace Christian Academy being on TSSAA probation and not competing for the regular season district title. That leaves Midway's game against the Rams as almost like a non district contest.
District 3-A, however, does have two big games Friday night as Harriman travels to Greenback while Rockwood hosts Tellico Plains.
District 4-A and 4-AA also have big games in store as Oliver Springs visits Coalfield in a huge 4-A contest while Kingston heads west to take on Stone Memorial in a 4-AA affair.
Midway (0-3) at
Grace Christian (2-2)
The Grace Christian Rams might be on TSSAA probation this season, but Randy McKamey's squad is still loaded and is considered the top team in District 3-A.
Led by QB Parker Shelton, RB Will McKamey and WR Jake Minga, the Rams are averaging 26.5 points per game this season and that number increases to 33.3 points per game in the last three weeks.
Midway's game plan will be ball control as Craig Moser will look for Larry Risner and Aaron Collins to make plays on the ground behind a senior laden offensive line.
When the Waves do go to the air, they have a big time combo in QB Thomas Viar and WR Dillon Davidson.
It's kind of a good news, bad news type of night for the Midway Green Waves. The good news is this game doesn't count in the district standings. The bad news is the Waves still have to take on... Grace Christian 34 Midway 14.
Tellico Plains (0-4) at Rockwood (1-2)
Two teams in desperate need of a win hook up at Civitan Field as the Tigers host the Bears.
Last season, the Bears put together an eight-win season with their marquee victory coming in week four against the Tigers.
The 2010 season, however, has been a disaster for the Bears as District 3-A Player of the Year Deion O'Dell is out for the year with an injury and result has been Tellico Plains being outscored 156-20 in four games.
The 2010 season has also been a disappointment for John Webb's Tigers as Rockwood is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in District 3-A.
Rockwood's problem has been putting points on the board. After scoring 13 points in the first quarter in their season opening game, the Tigers have scored just 26 points in the 11 quarters since.
Rockwood, however, does have plenty of weapons. QB Lucas Jolley has made some big plays in the passing game and WR Brendan Kirkland is turning into a big play receiver. RBs Collin Smith and Dillon Deardorff also have the potential to break loose at any moment.
The start of the season hasn't been kind to the Tigers, but Rockwood still has potential to turn things around. That turnaround starts Friday in a big way... Rockwood 38 Tellico Plains 6.
Harriman (1-2) at
The 2010 season has been a disappointing one so far as Travis Tapp's squad have been whipped so far by Kingston and Wartburg.
But no matter how bad things are so, the Blue Devils are still tied for first place in District 3-A and can take over sole possession of the top spot Friday night when they travel to Greenback.
On the other hand, the 2010 season had been going well for Greenback up until last week when the Cherokees suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Sweetwater.
If the Cherokees are to get things turned around Friday night a lot will rely on QB Hogan Goodson and RB Richard Seymour.
Harriman, on the other hand, will be looking to pound a smaller Cherokee line behind a huge offensive line led by Shaquille Love. If Love and crew can push the Cherokees around then the one-two RB combo of Dimitrique Inman and Brandon Williams should add to their combined total of more than 500 yards rushing on the season.
Harriman should be able to put up a lot of points and yards this week. Harriman's problem, however, is they haven't made a lot of big plays on defense this season... Greenback 34 Harriman 29.
Oliver Springs (2-1) at Coalfield (2-1)
First place in District 4-A is on the line Friday night when the Bobcats travel to Rochelle Field.
Offense has been the name of the game for the Yellow Jackets this season as Keith Henry's squad is averaging 36 points and more than 380 yards of total offense per game.
QB Cody Hill leads what is a balanced attack for the Jackets. Hill has thrown for 653 yards and seven TDs on the season. Anthony Wilkins has been Hill's No. 1 target as he has pulled down 15 passes for 299 yards and five TDs on the season.
RB Allen Seiber gives the Jackets balance as he has rushed for 373 yards on the season and he is also Coalfield's No. 2 receiver.
Oliver Springs also has a ton of play-makers and the Bobcats are also led by their QB as Garrett Miller has rushed for 319 yards and passed for 238 yards this season.
Miller will get plenty of help from RB Jordan Romero (197 yards rushing) while RB Haven Williams and WR Cory McBee will also have plenty of chances to make plays this week.
Both offenses have the potential to put up huge numbers Friday night and this one could be a shootout. Last season the Bobcats rolled to a 48-2 victory and 46 points seems like an awful lot to make up in 12 months... Oliver Springs 28 Coalfield 21.
Kingston (3-0) at
Stone Memorial (3-1)
Stone Memorial has slowly but surely gotten better under Mark Wattenbarger and the Panthers have a chance to pick up their biggest District 4-AA victory to date when Vic King's Yellow Jackets head into Cumberland County.
In their three victories the Panthers have been very impressive as they have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 102-16.
However, Stone's only loss was a 40-point defeat at the hands of CAK.
Kingston hasn't been as impressive in their three wins as they have won by an average of 14 points, but Vic King's squad has been stingy on defense and balanced on offense.
Offensively, the Jackets have three RBs, Aaron Fielden (210 yards rushing), Demarcus Foster (167 yards) and Coty Groves (224 yards), that have put up solid numbers while QB Darren Mossing (389 yards passing) gives the Jackets balance.
Is Stone the team that has won three games by an average of 28.7 points per game or the team that lost by 40 to CAK. The answer is probably somewhere in the middle, but Kingston has been more consistent and that consistency will be the difference... Kingston 24 Stone Memorial 20.
Goose's Gander on other games of interest: Sunbright by 21 over Jellico, Wartburg by 21 over Oakdale, Alcoa by 42 over Scott, CAK by 10 over Loudon. Last Week 10-3; Overall 30-8.
Goose's Gurus picks: Oliver Springs, Rockwood, Harriman, Grace, Kingston, Wartburg, CAK, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida. Overall 22-8.