Rockwood hosts Kingston in key battle

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

Not every eye in Roane County will be focused on Rockwood Friday night, but a lot of attention will be paid to Civitan Field as John Webb's unbeaten Rockwood Tigers host unbeaten Kingston in what could be the game of the year in Roane County this season.

Rockwood and Kingston, however, will not be the only game in Roane County Friday as Midway, Oliver Springs and Harriman will also play at home this week.

Midway will be at home this week as Craig Moser's squad is looking to rebound from last week's disappointing loss to Harriman when they take on Bledsoe County. Harriman, on the other hand, will look to build off last week's win when they play Wartburg in the first home game this season for the Blue Devils.

Oliver Springs will also make their home debut when they host Grundy County at D.J. Brittan Field.

Grundy County (0-2) at Oliver Springs (2-0)

You can't win if you don't score and that's been the Yellow Jackets problem this season as Grundy County has been outscored by a combined score of 64-0 in their first two games of the season.

Offense, however, hasn't been a problem for Oliver Springs this season as they have outscored Hancock County and Oakdale by a combined score of 83-14 in their first two games this season.

In last week's win at Oakdale, the Bobcats piled up more than 400 yards of offense with QB Garrett Miller completing 10 of 15 passes for 204 yards with two TDs and he also had two TDs on the ground. RB Jordan Romero also had a nice night with 144 yards rushing with 1 TD and 67 yards receiving with another touchdown.

Goose's Gander

This looks like a mismatch on paper and Oliver Springs could overlook the Yellow Jackets. Wait a minute, Oliver Springs overlook Oakdale early last week before exploding in the second half. The Bobcats won't make the same mistake again... Oliver Springs 35 Grundy County 6.

Bledsoe County (1-1) at Midway (1-1)

Which Midway team will show up?

In week one at Wartburg, the Green Wave started strong and held on in beating the Bulldogs, 14-0. Last week, the Green Wave started slow and rallied late, but it wasn't enough in dropping a 21-14 decision against Harriman.

For Midway to be successful on offense, the Wave must have balance.

Last week they threw the ball well with QB Thomas Viar and WR Wakon Roberson leading the way. However, the ground game was almost nonexistent.

Defensively, Midway must find a way to stop Warrior RB Chase Brown is a good blend of speed and power and is Bledsoe County's No. 1 weapon.

Goose's Gander

Midway had trouble last week against Harriman's power running game. Bledsoe County will look to follow that game plan with Brown leading the charge... Bledsoe County 19 Midway 16.

Wartburg (0-3) at

Harriman (1-1)

Travis Tapp will have his Blue Devils on upset alert this week as Harriman hosts a winless Bulldog squad that has lost five straight years to the Blue Devils.

Harriman, however, can't take the Bulldogs lightly even with their 0-3 record. Wartburg has played well at times in all three games against Monterey, Midway and Oneida. If Wartburg is to win Friday night then QB Rusty Phillips and RB Travis Hamby will have to lead the way.

Harriman's success will rely heavily on a ground attack led by Dimitrique Inman, Brandon Williams and Brian Phillips.

Goose's Gander

Last week, Harriman's demise was supposed to be looking back at Kingston. This week their demise should be looking past Wartburg. Well, the Devils were focused on the task at hand last week and that will be the case Friday night... Harriman 21 Wartburg 7.

Kingston (2-0) at

Rockwood (2-0)

Something has to give Friday night as the Tigers and Jackets meet at Civitan Field.

Kingston enters Friday's contest having won not one, but two nail-biters. Last week's 34-27 victory over Scott High will be remembered for one miraculous play as Kingston's Shawn Organek returned a fumble 84 yards with 28 seconds left to take away a sure loss and give Kingston the victory.

For Kingston to win this week, the Jackets will try not to rely on last second heroics. They would like nothing more than to pound the ball at the Tiger defense with sophomore RBs Demarcus Foster and Aaron Fielden leading the way. Fielden rushed for more than 100 yards in week one and Foster topped that mark last week.

If Kingston does crack the Tiger defense that will make news as Rockwood hasn't allowed a point in two games.

Offensively, Rockwood's game plan will be the same as Kingston's as the Tigers won't to control the contest between the tackles. So far this season, the Tiger trio of Jeff Inman, Davey Templeton and Dillon Deardorff have combined for 491 yards rushing and eight TDs in two games.

Goose's Gander

Rockwood seems poised to have a great season and anyone that has watched Kingston the last two weeks believe the Jackets can't lose. Something has to give Friday night and it's Kingston's bubble... Rockwood 19 Kingston 17.

Goose's Gander on other games of interest: Tellico Plains by 7 over Coalfield, Grace Christian by 21 over Gibbs, Greenback by 14 over Sweetwater, Oneida by 14 over Cumberland Gap, Jellico by 14 over King's Academy, Alcoa by 21 over Fulton, CAK by 7 over Carter, Stone Memorial by 7 over Upperman, Scott by 14 over Southwestern, Ky. Last Week 7-2; Overall 19-6.