Footballs, Tigers, and Indians, Oh My!

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By Jason Perry

The Rockwood Tigers will go on the road tonight to face the Tennessee Associated Press Class 2A No. 9 Oneida Indians.

The Tigers are coming off a much needed rivalry win against the Harriman Blue Devils last week.

“Anytime we get a chance to win a game like the Harriman game it gives you a lot of confidence,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said, “it’s something we can build on.”

Although it wasn’t a region game, winning a big game can prove to be a shot of much needed confidence for the team and Rockwood intends to take full advantage of it.

Rockwood played a complete game with the running passing games working in tangent with one another.

Against a perennial powerhouse like Oneida it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Tigers.

“Going into this week against Oneida we know they’re a good football team,” Webb said.

“We know we have to go in and play one of our better ball games this year this week.”

Quarterback Nate Brackett was able to connect with Tre Treadway a few times during last week’s game and that should be cause enough for the Indians to take notice.

But it was the resurgence of the Tiger running game that can be enough to worry coaches and opposing defense.

With a trio of able running backs like Joe Ashburn, Ryan McCain, and Zander Price, Rockwood has the spectrum of ability covered.

McCain is the power back pure and simple and once he builds a head of steam is a load to bring down.

Ashburn is a balance of speed and power and is also dangerous in the return game. He has a 90-yard kickoff return to his credit this season.

Price has quietly emerged as the go-to guy for the Tigers. The tailback has shown a tendency to be elusive and with that elusiveness has been able to get good yardage on plays that look like they shouldn’t go anywhere.

Price finished last week with 130 rushing yards.

Backing up those three are also fullback Kaleb Garrett and Dylan Williams. Tre Falls and Tre Treadway are also a pair that it would be advisable to know where they line up.

With everything appearing to be falling in place and the amount of offensive weapons available to the Tigers, it could be a headache for the Indians to keep track of everyone.

Oneida is coming off its first loss of season thanks to York Institute and a score of 28-7.

“Let’s give credit where it goes,” Webb said, “York is a really good football team.

“They’re going to win a bunch of games this year and have played a tough schedule so far this year.”

York finished with 313 rushing yards against the vaunted Indian defense.

Turnovers by Oneida also served to compound the loss.

“Oneida is a good football team,” Webb said, “they’ve played some close games and know how to win close games.

“We expect them to bounce back this week and give us their best effort.

“Hopefully that’s what we will continue do with the second half of the season, playing better week in and week out.”

The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m kickoff in Oneida.