FOOTBALL: Game-By-Game Analysis for the Sequatchie County Indians

This is a segment of a 6-part series detailing every schedule of every Sequatchie valley team.  Be sure to look out for you team coming soon.  These articles are merely the opinion of the author and not of representative of TSSN | The Valley or its affiliates.

WEEK ONE: South Pittsburg Pirates (Home)

THE BATTLE AWAY FROM BEENE

As fun as the theatrics were in South Pittsburg for the season opener, this year could be more hyped than last with the Pirates bringing back 20 of 22 players and the Indians reloading on offense.  The speed of South Pittsburg and the physicality of the Indians combine for one heck of a matchup on both sides of the ball.  The Pirates, however, look to have the advatange in experience, especially with the game falling on week one.  Quarterback play goes to South Pittsburg as Hogan Holland survived the Indian storm last season.  Though, that may be the case, the Indians are changing up the way they play offensively, so it’s all up in the air.  Projected Result:  South Pittsburg 21, Sequatchie County 20

WEEK TWO:  Whitwell Tigers (Away)

THE UMPTEENTH BATTLE FOR CARTWRIGHT

In a series that just renewed last season after a short hiatus, these two neighboring communities lost no hate, especially when you put former head ball coach R.C. Helton into the mix, which turned out to be more bark than bite at times.  The Tiger,s with new helm-leader Tracy Malone, play a tough-minded mental game while doing just the opposite schematically, spreading things out and hoping for a decent passing game.  The Indians my look bigger in stature, but with the wild card Whitwell brings, spreading things out, size will hardly matter. That being said, a passing game will also be the key to Sequatchie County’s success, especially late in the season.   Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 34, Whitwell 24

WEEK THREE:  Smith County Owls (Home) [R]

OUT OF THE BOWL TO DUNLAP WE GO

The Owls are a team that played toe to toe with the Indians last year, but with a diminished passing game, they’ll likely be an afterthought past halftime.  That being said, any region game is a chance for the Indians to slip up, so if they keep their eyes on the game at hand, they’ll be sending Smith County back to their bowl of a stadium in Carthage.  Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 35, Smith County 20

WEEK FOUR:  York Institute Dragons (Away) [R]

THE OUTSIDERS FROM JAMESTOWN

Even before Region 4-3A, the Indians had several encounters with the Dragons.  That includes a 40-6 whooping by the hands of York back in 2012.  That won’t be the case this time around as the Dragons are fence-straddlers at best in their new region.  The Indians should have little trouble taming York and its fire-breathing beings. Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 35, York Institute 10

WEEK FIVE:  BYE

CHOPPING DOWN THE TREE

In the week leading up the infamous Battle for the Stump, the Indians drew a lucky straw, having the opportunity to practe for two weeks with one team in mind.  That may have been the reason the Indians held off the Warriors, 21-0 in last season’s matchup.   Projected Result:  Twice the Pep Talks For the Same Team

WEEK SIX:  Bledsoe County Warriors (Away) [R]

THE ALL INCLUSIVE WAR FOR A PIECE OF A TREE

As cliche as it is, you can throw out all the records, statistics, and well, everything.  When the streak-holding Indians come to town, it’s all hands on deck.  It’s a game that can make or break a career as a coach, and both Adam Caine and Josh Owensby are well aware of it.  These teams matchup well on paper with solid rushing defenses, and seasoned trenches topped with great running back talent.  In fact, most of the difference comes from quarterback play where Chaise Sorrow holds the edge over Junior 1st-year, starting signal caller Ethan Barker.  Their styles of play are very different, though, so that could be key to finding out who holds the Stump in 2016.  Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 24, Bledsoe County 21

WEEK SEVEN:  Dekalb County Tigers (Away) [R]

ATTACK OF THE REGION, PART ONE

The Tigers are one of the most intriguing teams in the 3A Classification.  They have Preseason All-State Talent in Region that looks to compete in the postseason yet again.  They have a phenomenal quarterback in Steven Jennings who has talent on the outside.  That could be the nail in the coffin for an Indian team struggling in the secondary.  The problem, though is the balance Dekalb County brings to the table, which can cause an explosive play on occasion.  That being said, the Indians secondary may be young, but it is definitely better than last year’s squad.  This one could go down to the wire yet again.  Projected Result: Dekalb County 21, Sequatchie County 20

WEEK EIGHT:  Warren County Pioneers (Home)

AN EYE-LEVEL GOLIATH

The Pioneers, who are currently apart of the Super 6A Class, took down the Indians last season out in McMinnville.  This time they won’t be so lucky, travelling down to Dunlap late in the season.  Both teams are evenly matched, although the Pioneers should be miles above the 3A Indians.  Head coach Adam Caine, won’t treat it any differently than any other game as Warren County has a similiar attack with about the level of athlete you find in the Sequatchie Valley.  Another close one for the Indians.    Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 28, Warren County 20

WEEK NINE:  Cannon County Lions (Home) [R]

IF I SAY THEY WON’T WIN, I’D BE A ‘LION’

Let’s face it.  The Lions may have been feared a couple of year back, but they don’t really pose a threat to the Indians who took Cannon County out to the woodshed last season in Woodbury.  Expect a similar result at home.  Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 41, Cannon County 3

WEEK TEN:  Grundy County Yellow Jackets (Home) [R]

THE BATTLE FOR DAUS MOUNTAIN

It’s the rivalry gone sour on the Mountain.  Although two or three years ago, you might not know what to expect from this game, you do now.  The Yellow Jackets are improved, but they still lack the athletic ability of Sequatchie County in their current state.  It’s not impossible for the Yellow Jackets to win, but the first half of the season will let us know just how much Grundy County has improved.  Both teams lack in the secondary, so most play will probably be on the ground.  Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 36, Grundy County 17

WEEK ELEVEN:  Upperman Bees (Away) [R]

STING ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU, STING ME TWICE…

The Bees snuck by the Indians in Dunlap last season, but in Baxter it could be a different story.  Upperman is expected to take a step back this season after losing key talent in the offseason.  The pass will still be a threat to the Indians, but if they can overcome that hurdle, they can end up with the 2-seed behind Dekalb County, barring a major upset.  Sequatchie County will need to show up in Baxter in droves, though, if they want a late season win against one of the top three teams in the region.  Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 10, Upperman 7

POSTSEASON:  2nd Round is a Must

AND GETTING PAST THE IRISH IS A PLUS

It’s no secret that 2015 was a disaster in the postseason for the Indians, who had an insane regular season run.  This year, they have a better chance at beating possibly the best 3A team in the Chattanooga area: Notre Dame.  That’s not to say they’re still athletically undermatched, but experience against a team like that helps a lot.

FINAL TALLY:  9-3 (5-1, R4-3A), First Round Win, Second Round Loss

Contact Chandler Morrison at TheSpearSportsBlog@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter@RCS_Chandler!

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