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Week three of the regular season is here and there are some intriguing match-ups in store for Roane County’s five football teams this week.
The marquee game in the county this week features a good old-fashioned county rivalry game as Kingston hosts Rockwood.
Roane County’s remaining three teams will all be on the road as Midway visits Bledsoe County, Oliver Springs travels to Grundy County, and Harriman makes the short trip to Wartburg.
Midway (0-2) at
Bledsoe County (3-0)
The Green Waves have been competitive in both their losses this season, but Craig Moser’s squad hasn’t been able to put together four solid quarters of football after being tied at halftime in both games.
Midway’s offense showed some balance last week as the Green Waves picked up more than 100 yards rushing and passing.
Aaron Collins seems to have established himself as Midway’s top rushing threat while the throw-and-catch duo of Thomas Viar and Dillon Davidson have made a lot of plays through the air.
Midway’s problem this week will be finding a way to slow the Warriors high octane offense. In three games this season, Bledsoe County has scored an average of 41.3 points per game and hasn’t scored less than 36 points in any of their three victories.
The Green Waves seem to be steadily improving, but they won’t be able to keep up with the high scoring Warriors... Bledsoe County 42 Midway 28.
Oliver Springs (2-0) at Grundy County (0-2)
The Oliver Springs Bobcats enjoyed a resurgence in football last season as Wiley Brackett’s finished the regular season with an 8-2 record in the regular season.
Almost everything about last season was good for the Bobcats. However, one thing sticks out in the minds of Bobcat faithful and that was how did they lose to Grundy County?
When Grundy County visited Oliver Springs last year, the Yellow Jackets did so with a 0-2 record and they hadn’t scored a point in their first two games. But on Sept. 11, 2009, the Yellow Jackets exploded for six touchdowns in a 40-21 drubbing over a previously undefeated Bobcat team.
If the Bobcats are to avenge that loss, they must continue to put up big yardage like they have in the first two weeks of the season. In those games, QB Garrett Miller has put on a show both running and passing.
Was last year a fluke or do the Jackets have the Bobcats number? Friday night should be a good one, but home field advantage will be the difference... Grundy County 26 Oliver Springs 21.
Harriman (1-1) at
The Blue Devils and Bulldogs play almost every year, but there usually isn’t much talk surrounding the series because Harriman has been the dominant team over the years.
This year, however, there has been a lot of talking, or barking, coming out of Wartburg as the Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start and have already picked up a huge victory over Oneida.
Wartburg’s defense has been critical in those victories as the Bulldogs have yielded just four touchdowns in three game, and the Bulldog defense also scored a touchdown of their own in last week’s 13-7 victory over Oneida.
Offensively, the Bulldogs run a spread offense and Dan Shoemaker’s squad likes to throw the ball all over the field. QB Rusty Phillips, WR Adam Spence and RB Jaylon Shannon are the Bulldogs main weapons.
Harriman counters with an old-fashioned “three yards and a cloud of dust” philosophy that led to RBs Dimitrique Inman and Brandon Williams rushing for a combined 338 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 35-20 victory over Midway last week.
Both teams have shown the ability to put up a lot of points this season, but only Wartburg’s defense has shown the ability to consistently slow their opponent... Wartburg 21 Harriman 14.
Rockwood (1-1) at
Roane County’s top two teams over the past few years meet again Friday night in Kingston as Vic King’s Yellow Jackets look to wrap up the 2010 Roane County Championship with a victory over Rockwood.
Rockwood enters Friday’s game trying to establish its identity.
Rockwood’s usually strong ground attack hasn’t lived up to its billing the first two weeks of the season, but the Tigers have been able to put up solid numbers in the passing game.
For Rockwood to win Friday night, the Tigers offensive line must open some holes for Dillon Deardorff, Collins Smith and whoever else runs the ball for John Webb’s squad.
Kingston, on the other hand, has had a lot of success offensively in their first two games.
In week one, FB Coty Groves topped the 100-yard mark and last week RB Aaron Fielden did the dame.
QB Darren Mossing has also thrown for more than 100 yards in both victories.
Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field is not the place for a team struggling to find its identity and Rockwood will head into week four still searching... Kingston 17 Rockwood 13.
Goose’s Gander on other games of interest: Oneida by 6 over Cumberland Gap, Coalfield by 10 over Tellico Plains, King’s Academy by 7 over Jellico, Grace Christian by 21 over Gibbs, Greenback by 6 over Sweetwater, Alcoa by 8 over Fulton, CAK by 21 over Carter, Stone Memorial by 28 over Upperman, Scott by 14 over Southwestern (Ky). Last Week 6-3; Overall 20-5.
Goose’s Gurus picks: Kingston, Wartburg, Bledsoe County, Grundy County, Alcoa, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Oregon. Last Week 6-4; Overall 13-7.