Roane teams gear up for week 6

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By Goose Lindsay

Week 6 of the high school football season is here and some Roane County fans are in for a long trip Friday night as three of Roane County's five football teams will be on the road.

Two county teams will be making long road trips as Oliver Springs heads to Jellico in a District 4-A contest while Harriman heads to Tellico Plains in a District 3-A contest.

Kingston will also be on the road Friday night, but they will be a little closer to home when they travel to Alcoa in a District 4-AA contest.

The other two remaining Roane County teams will be at home in District 3-A games. Rockwood will be hosting Grace Christian Academy while Midway hosts Greenback.

Oliver Springs (3-2) at Jellico (1-4)

Long road trips are always something coaches worry about, but the long ride might be the Bobcats biggest concern as Jellico has struggled this season.

The Blue Devils enter Friday's contest allowing 36 points per game and they have been outscored by a total of 86-14 in the past two weeks.

Oliver Springs has struggled at times this season, but Wiley Brackett's squad put up nearly 500 yards of total offense last week with QB Garrett Miller and RB Jordan Romero leading the way.

Goose's Gander

Next week, the Bobcats take on Oneida in a huge district contest. Friday's game at Jellico will be a good tune-up... Oliver Springs 40 Jellico 0.

Harriman (3-2) at Tellico Plains (0-6)

Harriman's biggest win of the 2009 season came in week six when they handed a tough Tellico Plains squad a 17-13 setback.

The 2010 Bears, however, have fallen on hard times as they enter Friday's game with an 0-6 record and they are averaging just 6.3 points per game this season.

Harriman, on the other hand, is coming off back-to-back stellar performances in a 33-21 victory at Greenback and last week's 46-0 victory over Jellico.

In those wins, Harriman's “Super Power” ground attack has amassed more than 300 yards per game with the one-two punch of Dimitrique Inman and Brandon Williams leading the way.

Goose's Gander

Harriman's road trip could be a little bumpier than Oliver Springs', but Travis Tapp's squad seem to have shaken off a rough start and will not overlook the Bears... Harriman 34 Tellico Plains 14.

Kingston (4-1) at Alcoa (6-0) 

Kingston has the toughest task of any team in the state Friday night as Vic King's squad must fins a way to slow down the six-time defending state champion Tornadoes.

Alcoa enters Friday's contest averaging 45.7 points per game and those numbers could be worse if the Tornadoes ever had to play their starters into the final period.

So far this season the Tornadoes have done most of their damage on the ground as the trio of Van Hambrick, Darryl Warren and Taharin Tyson have combined for 1,378 yards and 27 TDs on only 124 carries.

Kingston will try to shorten the game and keep the chains moving behind a balanced attack led by QB Darren Mossing, WR Robbie Szozda and RBs Aaron Fielden, Demarcus Foster and Coty Groves.

Goose's Gander

There's no pressure on the Jackets this week and they could hang around for a quarter, but the Tornadoes will eventually pull away... Alcoa 31 Kingston 7.

Greenback (4-2) at Midway (0-5)

Midway has played well at times this season, but the Waves haven't been able to put together a solid four quarters of football.

If Midway can put it all together, they do have some weapons with QB Thomas Viar and his No. 1 target Dillon Davidson leading the way. The Waves also have a solid one-two punch in the backfield as Larry Risner and Aaron Collins are both capable of making plays.

Greenback's offense isn't as balanced, but RB Richard Seymour and QB Hogan Goodson have both made plays for the Cherokees this season.

Goose's Gander

Midway is better than most 0-5 teams and could surprise the Cherokees Friday night. For that to happen, the Green Waves must play four full quarters and they haven't done that yet... Greenback 21 Midway 14.

Grace (3-2) at Rockwood (3-2)

The Rams might be on TSSAA probation, Grace Christian still enters Friday's game as the team to beat in the District 3-A this season.

A high-powered offense is Grace's key to success as Randy McKamey's squad averages 45.3 points per game in the three victories. The Rams average just 12.5 points in their two losses, but those have been against two undefeated teams, CAK and Gibbs.

Rockwood doesn't want to get into a shootout against the Rams and must used a balanced attack to control the clock.

The Tigers offense will be geared around QB Lucas Jolley along with RBs Dillon Deardorff and Collin Smith.

Goose's Gander

Rockwood will give the Rams a battle, but in the end the Rams should prevail... Grace Christian 21 Rockwood 14.

Goose's Gander on other games of interest: Sunbright by 42 over King's Academy, Oneida by 21 over Oakdale, Wartburg by 2 over Coalfield, Loudon by 14 over Stone Memorial, CAK by 21 over Scott. Last Week 9-2: Overall 46-12.

 Goose's Gurus picks: Harriman, Oliver Springs, Greenback, Grace Christian, Alcoa, Wartburg, Loudon, Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU. Overall 40-10.