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The final week of the regular season is here and a lot is riding on this week’s results as only two Roane County teams, Midway and Kingston, have secured postseason berths.
Kingston has wrapped up a berth in Class 3A, but the Jackets still have a lot riding on Friday’s game with Loudon. A victory over the Redskins would improve Kingston’s playoff seed, and avoid a possible first round match-up against Christian Academy of Knoxville or Alcoa.
Like Kingston, Joe Campbell’s Midway Green Wave are in the playoffs, but can improve their seed with a win over Rockwood on Thursday.
If the season ended last week, Rockwood would be in the playoffs, but there is still a scenario out there that would leave the Tigers on the outside looking in after Friday.
Rockwood has nothing to worry about with a win, but a loss at Midway along with victories by Jackson County, Oliver Springs, Trinity Christian and North Greene on Friday would leave the Tigers out of the playoffs.
As of now, Oliver Springs is on the outside looking in, but the Bobcats could sneak into the playoffs with a victory Friday night over Williamsburg, Ky, along with a loss by either Trinity Christian, Jackson County, North Greene or Rockwood.
The Bobcats could get in with a victory without any other team losing by beating out White House Heritage for a playoff berth. White House Heritage doesn’t play this week and a playoff berth between the Bobcats and Patriots would come down to the amount of wins each team’s opponents amassed in 2012. Heading into Friday, Oliver Springs was leading this category, 52-51.
Harriman is the only Roane County team that heads into Friday’s game at Greenback with nothing riding on the outcome as Travis Tapp’s squad cannot make the playoffs.
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Harriman has nothing to play for while Greenback will be playing for home field advantage and a first round bye in the playoffs.
Greenback has been a scoring machine this season, averaging 39.9 points per game.
A big reason for the Cherokees high scoring attack is RB Richard Seymour, who has rushed for well over 1,000 yards on the season and recently torched Rockwood for 240 yards on the ground.
Although the Blue Devils have been out of the playoff race for quite some time, head coach Travis Tapp has not let his squad throw in the towel. The Blue Devils beat Grace Baptist two weeks ago and gave state power Grace Christian all they wanted for more than three quarters last week.
A lot of Harriman’s success depends on the legs of RB Lucas Lunsford, but QB Brantley Taylor did throw for a career-high 172 yards last week against Grace Christian.
Harriman won’t quit, but Seymour and crew will show why they’re one of the best Class 1A teams in the state... Greenback 35 Harriman 20.
Williamsburg (8-1) at
Oliver Springs (4-5)
It’s due-or-die time for the Bobcats as Wiley’s Brackett’s squad must win to have any chance of playing in November. To get that win, the Bobcats must slow down the highest scoring Class 1A team in Kentucky.
The Jackets average 48.2 points per game and tally most of their points through the air. QB Dalton Sizemore has thrown for 2,251 yards and 29 TDs on the season with Skyler Griffith (47-900, 11 TDs) and Corey Shelton (44-804, 15 TDs) being his top targets.
Oliver Springs will counter with a potent offense of their own. The Bobcats have scored 73 points in winning their last two games.
Oliver Springs’ success relies on the three-headed rushing attack of Michael Nelson, Shawn Childress and Eddie Stephenson. In last week’s victory over Wartburg, the trio rushed for 340 yards.
This one could be a shootout, but the Jackets have the better offense... Williamsburg 35 Oliver Springs 28.
Loudon (5-4) at
Loudon and Kingston are both headed to the playoffs, but these longtime rivals are hoping to improve their seeding with a win Friday night.
Kingston will have to be on their toes in all fazes of the game Friday as the Redskins scored on offense, defense and special teams last week against Sequoyah.
QB Travis Brewer and RB Tyler Ferguson scored twice each with one of Ferguson’s scores coming on a 91-yard kickoff return.
Kingston will look to counter with a powerful ground game led by the trio of Brody Roberts (751 yards rushing), Dustin Kitts (451 yards rushing) and Rhett Jones (392 yards rushing).
This one looks like a toss-up, but the Jackets are at home and coming off a bye week... Kingston 24 Loudon 20.
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Early in the season this one appeared to be a blowout, but not the Green Wave have caught fire and could spoil Rockwood’s postseason plans.
Midway’s offense is centered around do-it-all QB Shandon Lyle. Lyle leads Roane County in rushing (1,003 yards) and passing (1,163 yards), with most of those passing yards coming in the second half of the season.
Lyle, however, has plenty of help as Mason Woody, Jonathan Beason and Zach Qualls have made huge plays in the passing game while FB Tyler Clark gives the Green Wave a tough runner between the tackles.
While Midway’s spread attack will give Rockwood fits, the Tigers brand of smash mouth football will be hard to slow down.
Rockwood’s game plan will be simply to pound the Green Wave into submission with Clay Cisson, Tyler Skidmore, Kyron Inman and Drake Long splitting carries.
This one should be entertaining with the Green Wave giving the Tigers all they want. But in the end, Rockwood will wrap up a playoff berth.. Rockwood 35 Midway 26.
Goose’s Gander on other games of interest: Alcoa by 14 over CAK, Stone Memorial by 6 over Scott, Coalfield by 28 over Oakdale, Wartburg by 14 over Sunbright, Oneida by 42 over Jellico, South Pittsburg by 6 over Grace Christian, Tellico Plains by 7 over Whitwell. Last Week 9-3; Overall 100-16.
Goose’s Gurus picks: Rockwood, Kingston, Greenback, Williamsburg, Alcoa, Stone Memorial, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee. Last Week 8-2; Overall 82-18.