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Midway, Harriman meet in key playoff showdown

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By Goose Lindsay

And then there were two.

That’s right. After 10 regular season games and one round of the TSSAA playoffs only two Roane County teams, Midway and Harriman, are left standing and those two teams will meet Friday night with a berth in the Class A quarterfinals on the line.

Friday’s meeting will be the second meeting of the season between the two schools as Midway won 42-20 at Harriman on Oct. 19.

In that game, Midway’s ground attack was the story as the Green Wave rushed for 474 yards on 47 carries. FB Ray Robinson was especially tough as he amassed 197 yards and three TDs on 21 carries.

Robinson, however, is just one weapon in Craig Moser’s arsenal as QB Eric Stansbury, RB Harley Davidson and WR Will Poe having given the Green Wave a quartet of stars that are quickly becoming known as the “Four Horsemen.”

Robinson, Davidson and Stansbury each rushed for more than 100 yards in last week’s playoff opener against Grace Christian Academy and they have combined for 2,880 yards and 47 TDs on the ground this season.

Poe isn’t used as much in the running game, but the speedy wide out still has 401 yards on just 29 carries his season. Poe also averages 28.5 yards per reception, but what scares opponents of the Green Waves the most is his ability as a kick return specialist.

Most people believe that if Midway (10-1) does have a chink in their armor then it’s their pass defense. In Week 9 of the regular season, Greenback ambushed the Green Waves for more than 400 yards and five scores through the air.

Midway, however, responded by picking off four passes a week later at Wartburg and last week against Grace, the Green Waves added three picks and eight quarterback sacks.

So how will the Blue Devils attack the Green Waves?

Balance is the answer.

In Week 8, Harriman did a good job of moving the ball on the ground against Midway, but they simply couldn’t score enough points to keep up with the Waves.

The final two weeks of the regular season would see the Blue Devils go to more of a spread look with QB Travis Gann and QB/RB A.J. Johnson throwing more.

Whether they run or pass, however, look for the ball to be in Johnson’s hands. Johnson has amassed 909 yards and 10 TDs on the ground and he has passed for 367 yards and an-other four TDs through the air.

Other playmakers for the Blue Devils include RBs Damian Miller, C.J. Anderson and Dimitrique Inman along with TE Christian Pryor.

Goose’s Gander

Harriman has nothing to lose this week and look for head coach Travis Tapp to roll the dice early and often against the Green Waves. That should allow the Devils to stay close, but these Green Waves seem unstoppableee Midway 42 Harriman 24.

Goose’s Gander on other games of interest: Hampton by 21 over Oneida, Alcoa by 28 over CAK, Catholic by 7 over Austin-East, Fulton by 1 over Anderson County. Last Week 10-1; Overall 130-20.