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The 2010 high school football season reaches its midway point Friday night, but a lot is still unsettled as far as Roane County teams are concerned.
Entering week five, Kingston is off to a great start at 4-0 while Midway is struggling at 0-4. The story for Oliver Springs, Harriman and Rockwood isn’t as clear cut as all three teams have struggled at times and are all currently 2-2.
Friday’s schedule is an interesting one as all five teams will be playing non district opponents.
Kingston will look to remain unbeaten Friday night when they travel to Lenoir City. Rockwood will have its hands full Friday when they travel to Coalfield. Harriman will be at home Friday for Homecoming against Jellico.
The biggest game in Roane County Friday night will take place in Midway as the Green Waves host Oliver Springs.
Jellico (1-3) at
Harriman might have saved their season last week with an impressive 33-21 victory over Greenback. In that contest the Blue Devils rolled up more than 300 yards rushing with senior Dimitrique Inman having a night to remember with 255 yards and two TDs on 19 carries.
For the season, Inman has 526 yards rushing while fellow senior Brandon Williams has added 318. Look for the duo to put up big numbers again Friday night against a Jellico defense that has given up 33.5 points per game and two of their opponents have scored 40 points or more.
While Harriman’s offense is geared around the run, the Blue Devils did go to the air 10 times last week and don’t be surprised in head coach Travis Tapp doesn’t open things up a little more this week for senior QB Mark Chesser.
After being left for dead following a 41-12 loss at Wartburg in week three, the Blue Devils are now leading District 3-A and will have a two-game winning streak after Friday night... Harriman 35 Jellico 6.
Rockwood (2-2) at
Like Harriman, John Webb’s Tigers have struggled at times, but played well in last week’s 42-0 drubbing of Tellico Plains.
In that contest, the Tigers finally found a consistent ground game as Collin Smith led the way with 11 carries for 88 yards. Smith also returned a kickoff 67 yards for a score.
The Tigers will need that running game and a solid night from QB Lucas Jolley as Coalfield’s defense is coming off back-to-back shutouts.
Rockwood will also need to control the ball on offense to keep Coalfield’s high-powered offense on the sidelines.
Led by the trio of QB Cody Hill (784 yards passing), RB Allen Seiber (522 yards rushing, 230 yards receiving) and WR Anthony Wilkins (341 yards receiving), the Jackets are averaging 368 yards and 32 points per contest.
This should be a good one as Coalfield is on a roll while Rockwood is looking to get rolling. Roll on Tigers... Rockwood 21 Coalfield 18.
Kingston (4-0) at
Lenoir City (2-2)
This one should also be good as Kingston takes its undefeated record on the road to take on Class 5A foe Lenoir City.
Lenoir City is hard to figure out as they don’t have any big wins, but two of their four games have come against bigger schools and that could mean tougher competition.
The Panthers do like to throw the ball with sophomore Jordan Hall hooking up with a quartet of receivers and backs including Austin Dotson, Cole Lombardo, Lucas Hamilton and Cody Wright.
Kingston counters with more of a balanced attack as the trio of Coty Groves, Aaron Fielden and Demarcus Foster have rushed for a combined 667 yards and 10 TDs while QB Darren Mossing has thrown for 576 yards and four scores.
Fielden (17-201) and Robbie Szozda (9-184) have been Mossing’s favorite targets so far this season.
There’s been a lot of talk around Kingston about a match-up of two unbeaten teams next week at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field when the Jackets host Alcoa. Sounds like the Jackets are looking ahead and that spells an upset... Lenoir City 24 Kingston 20.
Oliver Springs (2-2)
at Midway (0-4)
Two teams in a desperate need for a win hook up South of the River Friday night.
Midway is still searching for their first win, but the Green Waves have played well at times.
As the season has advanced, Midway is finding more of a running game as RB Aaron Collins and FB Larry Risner are finding their groove.
A solid ground attack only means more time for strong-armed sophomore QB Thomas Viar to hook up with speedy WR Dillon Davidson.
Oliver Springs enters Friday’s contest with a two-game losing streak and a sour taste in their mouth after dropping a 20-0 decision last week to arch rival Coalfield.
If Oliver Springs is to turn things around this week, they must get improved play from their line and a solid night from QB Garrett Miller and RB Jordan Romero.
This should be another good one as both teams have struggled at times, but have enough playmakers to burst out at any moment. In a close one... Oliver Springs 28 Midway 21.
Goose’s Gander on other games of interest: Sunbright by 14 over Red Boiling Springs, Oneida by 7 over Greenback, Oakdale by 2 over Hancock County, Meigs County by 14 over Tellico Plains, Alcoa by 35 over Howard, CAK by 28 over Sequoyah, Loudon by 7 over Bradley Central. Last Week 7-2; Overall 37-10.
Goose’s Gurus picks: Oliver Springs, Lenoir City, Rockwood, Harriman, Maryville, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee. Overall 30-10.