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The biggest week of the 2013 season to date is upon us as all five Roane County teams will be playing district opponents Friday night.
Three of the games will be taking place in District 3-A as Rockwood, Harriman and Midway will all be on the road. Rockwood will be at Meigs County, Harriman heads to Karns to battle Grace Christian Academy while Midway heads south to take on Tellico Plains.
Kingston and Oliver Springs will be at home this week. Kingston will host Alcoa in a District 4-AA contest while Oliver Springs takes on bitter District 4-A rival Coalfield at D.J. Brittan Field.
Alcoa (2-1) at
The 2013 season has been a tough one to date for Kingston and things don’t get any easier Friday night as Class 3A power Alcoa rolls into Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.
For years, the Tornadoes have been a run-oriented offense under Gary Rankin, but Alcoa has been a bit more balanced this season. In last week’s victory over McMinn County, QB Peyton Wall threw for 188 yards and two TDs to Riley McLaughlin.
Jaquez Tyson added two TDs on the ground for the Tornadoes.
Kingston’s game plan will be to somehow control the clock against Alcoa. That’s going to be tough considering the Jackets are banged up and will be starting several new players this week.
Kingston is down this season and Alcoa, well they’re Alcoa… Alcoa 35 Kingston 14.
Harriman (2-2) at
Grace Christian (4-0)
The Blue Devils are coming off a big win last week against Whitwell, but waiting Friday night is the state’s No. 1 ranked team in Class 2A.
The Rams enter Friday’s contest having outscored their four opponents by a score of 173-31 this season.
The Rams are also balanced as QB Devin Smith, RBs Kyron Inman and Nathan Silver along with WRs Andy Eddins and Bobby Dixon are all weapons for the Randy McKamey’s squad.
Harriman’s offense has been more ground oriented as Garrett Greene (457 yards), Kaleb Eleam (300 yards) and Mikey Roberts (204 yards) are the leaders of the Blue Devils ground attack this season.
Harriman doesn’t throw much, but three of Brantley Taylor’s six completions this season have found the end zone.
Harriman is playing better and could have some success on the ground, but the Rams are No. 1 in the state for a reason… Grace Christian 34 Harriman 14.
Midway (3-0) at
Tellico Plains (2-2)
The 2013 season is almost a month old and Friday night will be Midway’s first District 3-A contest of the season.
Midway’s opponent this week is having a Jekyll and Hyde type of season. In their wins, the Bears have scored 68 points while scoring just six points combined in their two losses. Tellico Plains’ defense has struggled throughout the season, giving up 30 points per game.
Midway’s offense has been on fire all season, scoring 34 points in their first contest and 53 points in each of their last two games.
Do-it-all QB Shandon Lyle leads Midway’s fast-paced attack. Lyle has thrown for 595 yards and eight TDs this season while adding for 303 yards and six TDs on the ground.
Lyle has plenty of receivers to throw to as Mason Woody, Jonathan Beason, Christian Moore and Zach Qualls all rank in the top six in receiving in Roane County. Austin Longmire (6.6 yards per carry) is another weapon in the backfield.
Friday’s contest is a big game for both teams as far as the playoff race is concerned. Midway has been clicking on all cylinders thus far this season and until someone slows them down… Midway 35 Tellico Plains 30.
Rockwood (3-1) at
Meigs County (1-2)
After stumbling in their season opener against Oneida, the Tigers have won three-in-a-row including last week’s thrilling 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Kingston. The Tigers will try to make it four straight Friday with a victory over new District 3-A member Meigs County.
The Tigers from Decatur have just one win this season, but it was impressive as they bombed Sale Creek 55-6 last week. In that contest, Dakota Ricker scored five TDs and he will be the focus of Rockwood’s defense this season.
Rockwood’s offense will again look to be run first with Drake Long (455 yards) and QB Jarrod Neerman (141 yards) leading the way, but Neerman has thrown for 266 yards this season with Hunter Grant (8-168, 3 TDs) being a deep threat for the Tigers.
Friday night has the makings of a good contest, but Rockwood is playing well right now and their balance on offense will be the key… Rockwood 28 Meigs County 21.
Coalfield (2-2) at
Oliver Springs (3-1)
The Battle of Big Mountain will be a big one Friday night as two teams with district title hopes meet at D.J. Brittan Field.
Coalfield enters Friday’s contest licking their wounds. The Jackets had high expectations entering the season, but a pair of big lopsided losses against Greenback and Catholic along with several key injuries has Keith Henry’s squad trying to find their identity.
The biggest injury ended the season of star RB Addison Bible, but Coalfield still has dual threat QB Ryan Hill along with a huge line led by Zach Stewart and Benson Napier.
Oliver Springs is coming off a big 38-35 victory over Jackson County and are 3-1 on the season.
The key to the Bobcats’ success this season has been a huge offensive line leading the way for RB Eddie Stephenson. Stephenson leads all of Roane County this season with 716 yards and eight TDs on the ground.
It doesn’t matter if the Bobcats and Jackets are battling for a district title or a parking spot at Walmart, things are going to be physical between two squads that simply don’t like each other. This game will be close, but Coalfield needs this one a little bit more… Coalfield 20 Oliver Springs 14.
Goose’s Gander on other games of interest: Greenback by 7 over Oneida, Wartburg by 1 over Oakdale, Sunbright by 34 over Jellico, CAK by 14 over Scott, Catholic by 14 over Tyner Academy. Last Week 11-4; Overall 44-9.