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Close games highlight week 9 schedule

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

Friday night should be a great night for Roane County football fans as all five of Roane County teams will be in action, and on paper anyway, all five games should be close.

Only one county team has a district game this week as Oliver Springs hosts Wartburg.

Roane County’s four remaining teams will be facing non district competition.

Two of those games will be at home as Rockwood hosts Bledsoe County while Kingston entertains Cumberland County.

The road games will see Harriman taking the short trip to Coalfield while Midway will be making a long trip to Hancock County.

Midway (0-8) at 

Hancock County (1-7)

The 2010 season has been a trying one for Craig Moser’s Green Waves, but hope is on the horizon Friday night as Midway has a great chance to pick up their first win of the season when they take on Hancock County.

The Indians do have a win on the season, but they have struggled for the most part. Hancock County has scored just 52 points on the season while giving up 277.

Midway should be able to put up points on the Indians if they have enough healthy bodies to compete.

If healthy, Midway’s Aaron Collins and Larry Risner can make plays on the ground while Dillon Davidson is a playmaker in the passing game.

Goose’s Gander

The road trip up Clinch Mountain will be a long one, but the ride home will be a happy one... Midway 20 Hancock County 14.

Cumberland County (4-4) at Kingston (5-3)

Another tough game is on tap for Kingston Friday night as Vic King’s squad hosts Cumberland.

The Jets from Crossville are a high scoring bunch, averaging 29 points per game on the season and that number increases to 37.3 points in their wins.

QB Terryl Bowen is the leader of the Jets while RB Tyler Howard is also a playmaker.

Cumberland County’s defense, however, has had some bad games and they have allowed 25.5 points per game this season.

That should be good news for a balanced Jacket attack that features the running of FB Coty Groves, the passing of QB Darren Mossing and the receiving of WR Robbie Szozda.

Goose’s Gander

This one appears even on paper and home field is supposed to be worth three points... Kingston 24 Cumberland County 21. 

Bledsoe County (6-2) 

at Rockwood (5-3)

Another good game should be Rockwood’s game against Bledsoe County on Friday.

The Warriors started the season with six straight wins and in those games they were averaging 40 points per contest, but the last two weeks haven’t been the same as Bledsoe County has dropped two straight and scored just 13 points in each of those losses.

Rockwood has also had its share of ups and downs. The last two weeks are perfect examples as the Tigers looked awful in a loss to Wartburg, but they looked great in last week’s win over Midway.

If Rockwood is to win Friday night, they must be able to run the ball against a smaller squad from Bledsoe County. That should mean lots of carries for Dillon Deardorff and Collin Smith.

Goose’s Gander

Win or lose Rockwood’s will be playing for a district title next week and that means the Tigers are looking ahead... Bledsoe County 26 Rockwood 21.

Harriman (5-3) 

at Coalfield (6-2)

Another team that’s had its share of ups and downs this season has been the Harriman Blue Devils.

In their victories, Travis Tapp’s squad has rammed the ball down their opponents throat, but in their losses, they have dominated up front.

If they’re able to run the ball then look for Dimitrique Inman and Brandon Williams to both have a big night.

Coalfield’s offense is more balanced as the Yellow Jackets have a trio of playmakers in QB Cody Hill (1,260 yards passing, 11 TDs), RB Allen Seiber (932 yards rushing, 9 TDs) and WR Anthony Wilkins (683 yards receiving, 10 TDs).

Goose’s Gander

The Blue Devils seem to play their best when they’re underdogs. They will be underdogs this week... Coalfield 28 Harriman 21.

Wartburg (7-1) 

at Oliver Springs (4-4)

The Bobcats were on the verge of one of the greatest wins in school history last week when they rallied from 29 points in the second half to take a 10-point lead over Sunbright. But instead of a memorable victory, the game will be remembered as a stunning defeat as the Tigers scored 11 points in the final 23 seconds to pull out a 53-52 victory.

Oliver Springs’ ability to bounce back will be the key this week.

When clicking on all cylinders, the Bobcats can put up points in a hurry with QB Garrett Miller and RB Jordan Romero leading the charge.

The Bobcats had better be clicking on all cylinders when they take on a Bulldog defense that gives up just 10.9 points per game.

Wartburg’s offense is also dangerous as the Bulldogs are averaging 30.5 points per game.

Like Coalfield, the Bulldogs have a trio of playmakers led by QB Rusty Phillips (1,280 yards passing, 15 TDs), RB Jaylon Shannon (621 yards rushing, 7 TDs), and WR Adam Spence (52 receptions, 736 yards, 11 TDs).

Goose’s Gander

How will Oliver Springs regroup from last week’s devastating loss? How did Tennessee regroup from its devastating loss to LSU? Not very well... Wartburg 35 Oliver Springs 20.

Goose’s Gander on other games of interest: Oneida by 6 over Sunbright, Jellico by 4 over Oakdale, Grace Christian by 14 over Johnson County, Alcoa by 56 over McMinn Central, CAK by 21 over Elizabethton, Loudon by 21 over Sequoyah, Scott by 28 over Upperman. Last Week 8-2; 72-19.

 Goose’s Gurus Picks: Wartburg, Coalfield, Kingston, Bledsoe County, Midway, North Carolina, Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama. Overall 58-22.