Devils, Wave clash highlights week 2 action

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

Last Friday night was a good night for four of the five teams in Roane County as Kingston, Midway, Oliver Springs and Rockwood all picked up victories.

While those wins were big, none came in district play, however, and that's why week two of the regular season is even bigger as all five county teams open district play.

In District 4-AA, Kingston will try to build on last week's dramatic win over Harriman as they travel to Huntsville to take on Scott.

In District 4-A, Oliver Springs will also look for a 2-0 start when they cross county lines to take on Oakdale.

Like Oliver Springs and Kingston, Rockwood will also look to remain undefeated when John Webb's squad hosts Greenback in a District 3-A contest.

The biggest game in Roane County this week also takes place in District 3-A as Harriman hosts Midway in a contest that will be huge for playoff positioning later in the season.

Kingston (1-0) at

Scott (1-1)

Anytime Kingston hooks up with Scott it's usually billed as a match-up between a Scott offense that piles up yardage and points against inferior competition against a battle tested Kingston defense. This year is a bit different as the meeting comes in week two instead of week eight, but the story line will still be the same as the Jackets must find a way to slow down a powerful offense led QB Jacob Sexton.

In Scott's opening victory against Sequoyah, Sexton showed his dual threat ability as he threw for 179 yards and one TD while adding 43 yards and one TD on the ground.

David Stringer and Taylor Seller are Scott's other two main playmakers.

Kingston will look to keep the Highlander offense on the sideline by churning out first downs with a strong ground attack that put up 227 yards rushing against Harriman. Sophomores Aaron Fielden and Demarcus Foster led the way on the ground before QB Kyle Gough won the game with a 32-yard TD pass with 8.9 seconds left to Etimlin Phillips.

Goose's Gander

Kingston's offense struggled with consistency last week, but they still survived. This week they have to score when they get in the red zone or else... Scott 21 Kingston 14.

Greenback (1-0) at

Rockwood (1-0)

Heading into the season many people believed Greenback would be down while Rockwood could challenge for the District 3-A title. Rockwood looked like a title contender Friday with their 42-0 victory at Sweetwater, but Greenback didn't look like a rebuilding teams as they knocked off Pigeon Forge, 24-13.

Greenback's victory, however, could hurt the Cherokees when they visit Civitan Field as now the Tigers should be focused on Greenback and not next week's county showdown against Kingston.

If Rockwood is focused then the Tigers should put up more big numbers on the ground. In last week's victory, the Tigers rushed for more than 300 yards with the trio of Dillon Deardorff, Davey Templeton and Jeff Inman combining for 237 yards rushing and five TDs on only 23 attempts.

Goose's Gander

Turnovers were a problem for Rockwood last week and if that happens again the Cherokees could pull an upset. If Rockwood plays mistake free... Rockwood 34 Greenback 14.

Oliver Springs (1-0) at Oakdale (0-2)

This one appears to be a mismatch as the Bobcats are expected to compete for the District 4-A championship while the Eagles are going through a coaching change and have struggled offensively in adapting to a new offense.

Oakdale, however, could have the best player on the field Friday night as Isaiah Turner is a terror on both sides of the ball and on special teams.

Oliver Springs, on the other hand, has tons of playmakers as Garrett Miller, Jordan Romero, Cruise Smith, Coty Lively, Haven Williams, Wesley Rather and Cory McBee are all excellent open field runner and they have a huge line anchored by seniors Aaron Foust, Tyler Gallaher, Tyler Harper and  Brandon Toomey along with sophomore Daniel Bass to get them in the open field.

Goose's Gander

This one could get ugly as Oakdale fielded just 16 players last week and they should struggle against a talented Bobcat squad. But the Bobcats are coming off three bad seasons of their own and head coach Wiley Brackett will empty the bench quick... Oliver Springs 35 Oakdale 7. 

Harriman (0-1) at

Midway (1-0)

Midway and Harriman have played a lot of close games the past few seasons and Friday's game has the makings of another close one.

Harriman enters the game after a heartbreaking loss after Kingston threw a 32-yard touchdown pass with 8.9 seconds left.

Harriman will see a lot more passing this week as Midway QB Thomas Viar is expected to throw it 20 times or more against the Blue Devils. Viar's big play receiver will be Wakon Roberson while Jack Henderson, Kevin Allison and Josh Hicks will make plays in the passing game.

One thing that should help Harriman against Midway's passing game is a strong pass rush. In preseason scrimmages, DL Brandon Williams got a lot of pressure on the quarterback and he will be a problem for Midway's line.

Offensively, Harriman will look to keep Viar on the sideline by keeping the ball on the ground with Dimitrique Inman, Brian Phillips and Williams getting the majority of the carries.

Goose's Gander

For Harriman to head South of the River and pick up a win they must be focused on the Green Wave. That's going to be tough to do after last week's emotional loss at Kingston... Midway 20 Harriman 14.

Goose's Gander on other games of interest: Oneida by 21 over Wartburg, Coalfield by 1 over Sunbright, Grace Christian by 14 over Tellico Plains, Alcoa by 21 over Loudon, CAK by 21 over Stone Memorial. Last Week 12-4; Overall 12-4.