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It’s been 70 days since the start of the 2007 season and now the regular season comes to a close Friday night for Roane County’s five high school football teams.
Three of the county’s five teams, Harriman, Midway and Oliver Springs, know their postseason fate entering Friday’s contests while Rockwood and Kingston still have some things to straighten out this weekend.
Kingston plays the biggest game in Roane County this week as the Yellow Jackets must knock off Austin-East to make the playoffs.
Rockwood appears to be in the playoffs as a wild card team, but the Tigers could still finish third in Region 2-AA with a victory at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Friday night.
Harriman and Midway will also be in the playoffs.
Midway travels to Wartburg Friday night as the Region 2-A champions while Harriman will head to Oakdale as the No. 3 seed from Region 2-A.
Oliver Springs will not be in the playoffs this season and the Bobcats will finish their season Friday night with a home game against Sweetwater.
at Oakdale (0-9)
Oakdale enters Friday’s contest looking to snap a two-year long losing streak.
Oakdale had a chance to snap that streak last week, but the Eagles let a 20-0 lead disappear in their 28-20 loss to Sunbright.
Oakdale’s chance of ending their season on a high note depends mostly on star RB Kasey Perkins. Perkins has rushed for more than 1,100 yards on the season and he had 200 yards alone in last week’s loss.
Harriman, on the other hand, is coming off three tough games against Oneida, Midway and Coalfield and the question this week will be how much gas does Harriman have in its tank?
If Harriman does have something in its tank then they will look to beat Oakdale with their strong ground attack led by seniors A.J. Johnson and Damian Miller.
With the playoffs coming up expect Harriman’s starters to not see a lot of action, but they will play long enough for the Blue Devils to get the victoryee Harriman 28 Oakdale 14.
at Wartburg (0-9)
Midway looks to cap off a fabulous regular season Friday night with a win at Wartburg.
The Bulldogs have struggled this season, but if the Bulldogs are to win then Scottie Phillips must have a big night. Phillips has been Wartburg’s workhorse all season and he will be looking for a big game Friday night.
Midway, on the other hand, have a lot of workhorses as Ray Robinson, Eric Stansbury, Will Poe and Harley Davidson have combined for 50 touchdowns on the season and Craig Moser’s “Four Horsemen” will be looking to do more damage Friday night.
Midway’s quartet of stars have combined for 2,603 yards on the season and they’re a big reason why the Green Waves are averaging 40.4 points per game this season.
Like Harriman, Midway will look to give their starters a rest, but that should come with a big second half leadee Midway 34 Wartburg 14.
at Oliver Springs (2-7)
At one point this season the Wildcats were 4-2 overall and almost a lock for the TSSAA Class AA playoffs. Now Sweetwater has lost three straight games by a combined 78 points and now the Wildcats must win Friday night and that still might not be enough for a wild card spot in Class AA.
If Sweetwater is to win then RB Craig Latham must have a big game. Latham has rushed for 933 yards on the season and he is Sweetwater’s No. 1 weapon.
Oliver Springs is fresh off a victory over Wartburg and now the Bobcats have a chance to take some momentum into the off-season.
Balance on offense will be Oliver Springs’ key to victory. RBs Curtis Davis and Jonathan Thornton have proved to be a good one-two punch. QB Tyler Carter is also improving and his No. 1 receiver, Jordan Murray, is another playmaker for the Bobcats.
This is a game the Bobcats can win. However, last week was a big game for Wiley Brackett’s squad while Sweetwater’s season depends on a victoryee Sweetwater 21 Oliver Springs 17.
at CAK (7-2)
Neither the Tigers nor the Warriors have their postseason fate secured.
CAK can still win a share of the Region 2-A title, but they could also finish as low as fourth in the standings depending on the outcome of Friday’s action.
Warrior QB Chris Cates has thrown for 1,830 yards o the season and he is what makes CAK go.
Cates has four playmakers at receiver as Joseph Bennett, Jay Scott, Jordan Cross and Kennan Kolinsky all have at least 23 receptions on the season.
Kolinsky is also the team’s leading rusher with 895 yards on the season.
Rockwood will finish third in Region 2-AA with a win Friday night.
Rockwood also relies heavily on their QB as senior Zach Breazeale (1,064 yards passing) will be looking to keep Rockwood’s offense balanced.
If Rockwood can pass then there ground attack will be that much better with Bryant Allen, Simon Moriarty and Ronnie Dyer leading the way.
This game is just another in a long line of great games in Region 2-AA. Rockwood has the talent to win, but the Warriors still have a shot at the region title and that extra motivation will be the differenceee CAK 27 Rockwood 21.
at Kingston (6-3)
It’s win and you’re in for both teams Friday night as the loser of Friday’s clash at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field will be out of the TSSAA Class AAA playoffs.
Austin-East enters Friday’s contest with a balanced offense led by QB Mark Montgomery and RB Lincoln Anderson. Montgomery averages more than 150 yards per game through the air while Anderson gives the Roadrunners a threat in the backfield.
Kingston will look to grind the ball out offensively and physically punish the Roadrunners.
If successful, James Sams (840 yards) and Zach Zeigler (676 yards) will both make plays on the ground.
When the Jackets do pass, QB Heath Bailey will look for K.J. VanSchaick, Matt Courteau and Sams to make plays.
Two years ago the Jackets upset Austin-East at home. That shows the Jackets that it can be done, but it also has the Roadrunners out for revengeee Austin-East 20 Kingston 14.
Goose’s Gander on other games of interest: Coalfield by 10 over Sunbright, Oneida by 12 over Greenback, Alcoa by 21 over Loudon, Catholic by 21 over Scott, Fulton by 42 over Livingston Academy, Anderson County by 28 over Stone Memorial. Last Week 9-2; Overall 109-19.