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Oh how time flies.
It seemed like only yesterday that Roane County’s five football teams put on the pads for the start of practice in the hot July sun, but now blankets and hot chocolate will be in high demand Friday night as the regular season comes to a close.
Heading into week 10, we know pretty much who is in and who is out as far as the playoffs are concerned, but Friday night gives area teams one last chance to improve their postseason seed.
Midway is the only Roane County team that is out of the playoff race as the Green Waves are still searching for their first win Friday night when they host Tellico Plains.
Oliver Springs appears in as they head into their season finale with Clay County. However, the Bobcats are currently a No. 5 seed in Quad 1 of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs, but they can finish anywhere between third and sixth depending on Friday’s results. A No. 3 or 4 seed would give the Bobcats a first round playoff game at home.
Kingston is also a playoff lock, but there seed is still up in the air. Heading into Friday, the Jackets would be a No. 7 seed, but a victory over Loudon on Friday along with other results in the area could vault Vic King’s squad as high as fourth in Quad 2 of the Class AAA playoffs.
Harriman and Rockwood also have a lot to play for Friday as the state’s longest running consecutive rivalry will be playing for a district title and playoff positioning.
Rockwood has the most to play for as the Tigers are currently a No. 3 seed in Quad 1 of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs, but could possibly move into second with victory over the Blue Devils.
A No. 2 seed would also give the Tigers a first round bye.
A Rockwood loss, however, could leave the Tigers in a four-way tie for third place.
Harriman is currently sixth in Quad 1 of Class A, but could move to fifth in the final standings.
Tellico Plains (0-9) at Midway (0-9)
Two teams that have struggled through the 2010 season have one more chance at a victory Friday night.
For Midway, a lack of depth has been their biggest problem all year, but the Green Waves do have a playmaker at WR in Dillon Davidson and at RB in Aaron Collins.
Tellico Plains’ season went downhill early when 2009 District 3-A Player of the Year Deion O’Dell suffered a season ending knee injury.
The Bears, however, still have a bruising back in John Sloan to carry the load.
This one will come down to which team still wants to play. Tellico Plains gave Greenback a fit two weeks ago and have had a week to prepare... Tellico Plains 14 Midway 6.
Clay County (4-5) at
Oliver Springs (5-4)
This game has all the makings of a nail-biter as the Bulldogs and Bobcats both need this game.
Clay County enters the game on the bubble. Heading into Friday night, the Bulldogs would be in the playoffs as a No. 6 seed, but would probably lose that spot with a loss on Friday.
Oliver Springs enters Friday’s contest following a huge victory over Wartburg last week.
In that game, the Bobcats made big plays in all three phases of the game to pick up the victory.
The Bobcats will need that same type effort Friday night to take a two-game winning streak into the postseason.
Most people feel the Bobcats are a favorite, but the Bulldogs need this game more, plus the Bobcats have to be running on empty after three consecutive close games. But it’s also Senior Night... Oliver Springs 26 Clay County 22.
Loudon (7-2) at
The “Hoot” Gibson Trophy will be on the line Friday night when the Jackets host the Redskins at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.
Loudon enters the contest with a 7-2 record and they have did so by running the football and playing solid defense.
The one-two punch of QB Wade Plemons (712 yards, 6 TDs) and RB Trey Townsend (756 yards, 11 TDs) have done most of the work on the ground.
Plemons hasn’t throw much, but he has completed more than 63 percent of his passes for 565 yards.
Kingston counters with more of a balanced attack as QB Darren Mossing has thrown for 904 yards and 10 TDs while Coty Groves leads the ground game with 752 yards and 11 TDs.
This one will be physical as both teams want to run the ball. Loudon has won three straight in the series and are a confident bunch... Loudon 17 Kingston 14.
Harriman (5-4) at
Throw the record books out the window and neither team will care about playoff positioning Friday night at Civitan Field as the Tigers and Blue Devils don’t need any extra motivation to play this game.
Harriman enters this game on a two-game losing streak, but the Blue Devils still have a good team. Travis Tapp’s squad, however, has failed to be consistent at times this season.
This week, Harriman’s game plan will be the same as it always is as the Blue Devils will look to pound the ball down the Tigers throat with RB Dimitrique Inman (1,032 yards, 12 TDs) leading the way.
Rockwood’s attack is more balanced. QB Lucas Jolley has throw for 943 yards and 14 TDs while Collin Smith and Dillon Deardorff have combined for 781 yards and 7 TDs on the ground.
Both teams have looked great at times this season, but they have also laid their share of eggs. Harriman is coming off a two-game skid and are due for a good game... Harriman 21 Rockwood 17.
Goose’s Gander on other games of interest: Oneida by 42 over Jellico, Coalfield by 21 over Oakdale, Wartburg by 7 over Sunbright, Grace Christian by 21 over Greenback, Alcoa by 21 over CAK, Scott by 7 over Stone Memorial. Last Week 7-5; Overall 79-24.
Goose’s Gurus Picks: Harriman, Loudon, Tellico Plains, Oliver Springs, Alcoa, Coalfield, Wartburg, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina. Overall 64-26.