FOOTBALL: Game-By-Game Analysis for the Whitwell Tigers

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: Grundy County Yellow Jackets (Away)

BATTLE FOR WHITWELL MOUNTAIN

Maybe it’s not the premier rivalry in the Sequatchie Valley, but this game has a lot of clout with the players involved.  And this year, it could be a thriller with the unknowns coming from Tiger Town and an improved roster from Coalmont.  These teams will likely be complete opposites as the Tiger will try to balance things out in contrary to the run-first mentality of Casey Tate.  Defensively, the Tigers have an advantage, having to defend the Yellow Jackets and their split-back veer attack last season.  There are just too many questions on that side of the ball for Grundy County.  Projected Result: Whitwell 27, Grundy County 17

WEEK TWO:  Sequatchie County Indians (Home)

THE UMPTEENTH BATTLE FOR CARTWRIGHT

The wild card Whitwell brings to the table is a spread-out look with a tough mentality.  Sound familiar?  Just look to the north at Sequatchie County who had the same tendencies a year ago.  The Indians definitely have the athlete advantage, but you could say this one is meant to be a barn-burner and a half.  That being said, this matchup will still likely rely on the run game as both secondaries are barely above average.  Still, the game is at Whitwell, so you can’t know what to expect.  Projected Result:  Sequatchie County 42, Whitwell 31

WEEK THREE:  Davidson Academy Bears (Home)

THE NASHVILLE ELITE MEET ‘VALLEY TOUGH’

It’s a long shot for the Tigers to win against a Division II school, but that’s why they play the game.  They should have a better chance than last season with a more balanced attack on their home field.  Not a lot is known about the Bears, but we’ll know a lot more come week three at game time.   Projected Result:  Davidson Academy 35, Whitwell 17

WEEK FOUR:  Bledsoe County Warriors (Home)

WE PRESENT THE WARRIORS…OH, THOSE WARRIORS

The Warriors have a seasoned quarterback at the helm, protected by a solid offensive line.  It’s hard to beat a team with those features, but the Tiger might just have the best chance.  The Warriors rush defense is stout, but if they have to worry about the pass, like their projected to, the Tigers might be able to edge out a win at home versus Bledsoe County.  Both teams also have the two kickers in the Valley, so if it’s close, who knows.  But the red and blue make a nice contrast, eh.    Projected Result:  Whitwell 24, Bledsoe County 21

WEEK FIVE:  Lookout Valley Yellow Jackets (Away) [R]

FLIGHT OF THE TIGER

The Yellow Jackets are known for lack of numbers, but so are the Tigers.  This season, though, Whitwell is fielding a large team, in comparison to previous years, so depth won’t be that much of an issue.  This could be the start of a great region campaign, but if the talent from Richard Hardy can bolster the Lookout Valley attack, it could be closer than they bargained for.   Projected Result:  Whitwell 42, Lookout Valley 16

WEEK SIX:  BYE

FROM THE SIDELINES

For a team with smaller numbers than most, a bye week halfway through is very ideal.  As always, wounds need to heal and legs need to rest.  Head coach Tracy Malone would probably prefer that his bye week be pushed a week further, right before South Pittsburg.  Still, it’s part of a three week stretch that gives the Tigers a lot of rest and easier competition.    Projected Result:  The Search for Sasquatch, Narrated by Garrett Shrum

WEEK SEVEN:  Grace Academy Golden Eagles (Home) [R]

HAVE MERCY, ER, GRACE…

I have about as much shame in using a Full House reference as I do with this prediction:  none.  After a bye week and refreshed, the Tigers should be keen and ready for a win.  That’s only if they can stay healthy through the rough part of the season.  If so, the Tigers could continue their region run with no questions asked.  That being said, the Eagles could play a closer game as they try to improve on last year’s three-seed in the 1A playoffs.   Projected Result:  Whitwell 35, Grace Academy 20

WEEK EIGHT:  South Pittsburg Pirates (Home) [R]

PIRATES ON THE PROWL IN TIGER TOWN

Last season, this matchup was a classic…if you don’t include the second half where the Pirates completely overpowered the Tigers in a 42-14 win to take the region crown.  This year, the Pirates look untouchable, but if things don’t go their way, Whitwell could pull their wild card and upset the Cookeville-bound ‘Fighting Griders.’  The speed and athleticism of the Pirates will like be too much schematically to overcome.  Projected Result:  South Pittsburg 35, Whitwell 17

WEEK NINE:  Sale Creek Panthers (Away) [R]

IS THIS REALLY A QUESTION?

As much as I hate to bury a team’s ego, the Panthers are a building program and don’t have the manpower to touch Whitwell.  Simple as that.  Don’t ever take a game lightly, though.  Projected Result:  Whitwell 53, Sale Creek 6

WEEK TEN:  Columbia Academy Bulldogs (Away)

THE CRYSTAL BALL GAME

Maybe you don’t see the Tigers getting past South Pittsburg, but if Columbia Academy is how the rumors foretell, then they may get a second chance at the Pirates.  The Bulldogs were an athletic bunch and pounded teams into submission with their god-given ability.  Still a lot of unknowns in this one, but this is a game for the Pirates to keep in mind for later measurements.  Projected Result:  Columbia Academy 43, Whitwell 21

WEEK ELEVEN:  Copper Basin Cougars (Away) [R]

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE, PART THREE

In the season finale, the Tigers could possibly face a team vying for a home playoff game.  If that’s the case, they’ll have to play ball at Copper Basin to be in Whitwell the next week.  The Cougars are a squad that’s hit or miss depending on the year.  That being said, you don’t know what squad will show up in 2016, so it’s about as up in air as it can get.  Whitwell should have the edge with consistency, though.     Projected Result:  Whitwell 21, Copper Basin 10

POSTSEASON:  The Deeper, The Better

AN UPSET AWAY FROM HISTORY

South Pittsburg isn’t just a hurdle in the regular season for the Tigers.  It’s likely that if they can get past Columbia Academy, Whitwell will be another upset away from a trip to Cookeville.  South Pittsburg is a lock for a State Title appearance, but if the Tigers want a trophy, this year will be a tight window.

FINAL TALLY:  7-5 (4-1, 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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