District battles take center stage

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

Friday night is another big night for area high school football teams as most teams in the area will play their second district game of the season.

All five teams from Roane County will be playing district games this week. Harriman opened play a day early by hosting Greenback Thursday in a District 3-A contest. Midway and Rockwood will also take on District 3-A opponents as the Green Wave will be hosting Grace Christian while the Tigers will travel to Tellico Plains.

Kingston and Oliver Springs will take District 4 opponents as Kingston will host Stone Memorial in a District 4-AA game while Oliver Springs hosts Coalfield in a District 4-A game.

Grace Christian (3-1) at Midway (1-2)

After opening the season with a 14-0 victory at Wartburg, the Green Wave have fallen on hard times in dropping back-to-back games against Harriman and Bledsoe County. Things won't get any easier Friday night when the Rams visit Midway.

Grace enters the game with a balanced offense featuring RB Chris Campbell (447 yards, 8 TDs), QB Jordan Hopkins (411 yards passing, 3 TDs) and TE Eric Williams (12 receptions, 160 yards).

Midway will counter with a high octane passing attack featuring QB Thomas Viar and WR Wakon Roberson. Midway averages 175 yards through the air in three games this season.

Midway's problem, however, has been a lack of a ground game. In losses to Harriman and Bledsoe County, the Green Wave averaged less than100 yards per game.

Goose's Gander

This one could be a shoot out between the Wave and the Rams, but in the end the Rams have a more balanced attack and a little more firepower... Grace Christian 35 Midway 20.

Coalfield (1-2) at

Oliver Springs (2-1)

Coalfield and Oliver Springs both enter Friday's contest trying to figure out what happened last week.

Coalfield was knocked off at home after several mistakes led to a 33-12 setback at the hands of Tellico Plains while Oliver Springs had their unbeaten season come to a crashing end when Grundy County rolled to a 40-21 victory at D.J. Brittan Field.

If Coalfield is to pull off the victory, they'll have to rely on young skill players as a trio of sophomores, QB Cody Hill, RB Allen Seiber and WR Anthony Wilkins lead the way.

For Oliver Springs to win, the Bobcats are going to have to tighten down on defense. After a dominating performance against Hancock County, the Bobcats gave up a lot of yards in their victory over Oakdale and even more yards in their loss to Grundy County.

Offensively, the Bobcats have put up a lot of yards in averaging 34.7 points per game.

RB Jordan Romero has been the Bobcats No. 1 threat with 287 yards rushing and seven TDs. RB Haven Williams, QB Garrett Miller and WR Wesley Rather have also had big games for the Bobcats.

Goose's Gander

Two bitter rivals with something to prove take the field Friday night and the winner takes a big step toward challenging for the District 4-A championship while the loser faces a two game-losing streak. The Bobcats entered the season with hopes for a district title and that goal will still be in tact Saturday morning... Oliver Springs 28 Coalfield 20.

Stone Memorial (1-3) at Kingston (2-1)

Normally when Kingston takes on Stone Memorial it's an easy win for the Yellow Jackets, but Vic King's squad is coming off a loss while the Panthers have been competitive and have put up a lot of points this season.

Stone Memorial scored just 12 points in their season opening loss against York Institute, but the Panthers have averaged 31 points per game since with 48 of those points coming last week against Upperman.

The Panthers problem has been on defense as they have allowed an average of 31.8 points per game.

Kingston's offense has struggled for consistency this season, but they have shown signs of balance. The Jackets have had a 100-yard rusher in each of their first two victories as Aaron Fielden topped the mark against Harriman then Demarcus Foster had a 100-yard night against Scott.

Then last week the Jackets found success through the air with WR Dewayne Clemons hauling in four catches for 86 yards.

Goose's Gander

Stone Memorial is no longer the district's whipping boy and should give Kingston a tussle Friday night. Kingston, however, is still mad about last week's loss at Rockwood and will be ready Friday night... Kingston 28 Stone Memorial 21.

Rockwood (3-0) at

Tellico Plains (3-1)

When Tellico Plains was moved into Rockwood's district before the start of the 2009 season Tiger fans rejoiced because they would be getting an easy win since the Bears were coming off a winless season and they haven't won more than two games in a season since 2002.

That rejoicing, however, has now turned to concern as the Bears are 3-1 and are coming off a 33-12 victory over Coalfield.

The biggest reason for Tellico Plains' success has been the play of RB Deion O'Dell. O'Dell has rushed for 479 yards and six TDs while catching 10 passes for 148 yards and another TD. O'Dell has also completed two of three passes on the season.

Rockwood, on the other hand, will look for balance as RBs Jeff Inman, Dillon Deardorff and Davey Templeton have combined for 652 yards and 10 TDs this season.

Rockwood, however, did make some plays in the passing game last week as TE Caught two passes for 25 yards while WR Travis Beasley hauled in a 29-yard touchdown pass.

Goose's Gander

A playoff berth is pretty much on the line Friday night as District 3-A's only two Class AA playoff teams are the Tigers and Bears. That makes this the biggest game of the season for John Webb's squad and they'll respond... Rockwood 28 Tellico Plains 21.

Goose's Gander on other games of interest: Sunbright by 6 over Jellico, Wartburg by 14 over Oakdale, Alcoa by 21 over Scott, CAK by 1 over Loudon. Last Week 11-2; 30-8 Overall.