TSSN GAME OF THE WEEK PREVIEW: The Wild Card Effect

The shadows of week one are still present at Whitwell and Sequatchie County, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Both teams picked up wins against the spread, so this week’s premier game is an early season battle of unbeatens, even if just for a game.  The Tigers took down the Yellow Jackets out in Coalmont, 35-12, while the Indians took South Pittsburg down to the wire with a 27-20 win, holding the Pirates scoreless in the second half.

The Indians come in as clear favorites with the defensive effort they brought in week one, but the Tiger do have a card to pull.  And boy is it wild.

PLACE YOUR BETS

DISCLAIMER:  These are not actual spreads or odds, and cannot be used in kind of sports betting context.

The Spread:  Sequatchie County (-9) vs. Whitwell

Odds to Win:  Sequatchie County 7 to 1; Whitwell 10 to 1

Over/Under (Total Points):  (26 Points)

Breaking Down the Bets:  ‘The Spread’ is based on who is favored in the matchup and by how many points.  ‘Odds to Win’ are the odds for a certain team to win that game and is not related to the odds of ‘The Spread.’  The ‘Over/Under’ is how many points both teams are expected to combine for, unrelated to ‘The Spread’ or “Odds to Win.’  These betting lines are simply to display what Vegas would precieve the matchup at and cannot be used in any sports betting enterprise.

QUICK HIT STORYLINES

Whitwell will try to end their 6-game losing streak against Sequatchie County

Tracy Malone is in his First year and is going for win number two at Whitwell

Hunter Davenport tagged as two-way standout in Week One.  

The Tigers bring a brand new offense to the Valley, hoping to balance things out.

INSIDE THE FILM ROOM

The Indians showed some of their improved playbook in week one, pulling out their modified Wing-T along with select shotgun and pistol formations.  The attack is more run-oriented with the possibility of short passes.  It matches up decently with the Tigers’ defense due to the physicality of the attack.  Whitwell’s defense tend to stop the inside run more than most, while keeping the outside run in check somewhat.  The Tigers may not have as much success defending the pass, but Sequatchie County’s Ethan Barker didn’t have much of that last week.  He can pass in certain situations when needed, though.

Whitwell will likely run pistol-type sets and variations out of that.  Tiger fans may see somewhat similar formations and plays as last season, but those plays and formations will likely be quite different on paper.  Malone’s goal is to balance out the offense, so they could have meager success through the air after the Indians allowed 190+ passing yards from South Pittsburg’s Hogan Holland in week one.  Sequatchie County’s secondary has improved dramatically from last season, but the improvement will need to be continuous in order for the Indians to have late-season, region success.  Sequatchie County’s rush defense will likely be a big obstacle for the Tigers on Friday.

GAMEDAY GRADES

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KEY ON-THE-FIELD MATCHUPS

Tigers’ Rushing Attack vs. the Dynamic Duo

The backfield for the Tigers will have a hard time getting past Sequatchie County’s one-two punch of Hunter Davenport and Kyle Cates who held the Pirates to 49 yards rushing for the duration of their week one matchup.  Trace Condra and Hudson Petty though have enough toughness to gain yards, or at least enough to engage in some play-play action for the Tigers.

Davenport and Stevens vs. Whitwell’s Linebacker Corp

After last week, you have to talk about Davenport’s two-way ability and the explosiveness of Austin Stevens.  Both players went off on 60+ yards rushes at will.  Both times, it was straight down the middle.  Maybe this blurb should be re-titled as Indians Line vs. the Entire Tiger Defense.  Either way, the trenches, whether deep or on the fringes, will be key to this game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sequatchie County Indians

Ethan Barker (Junior Quarterback)

Hunter Davenport (Senior Linebacker/Fullback)

Kyle Cates (Senior Linebacker/Tight End)

Austin Stevens (Senior Halfback)

Gabe Jackson (Senior Lineman)

Whitwell Tigers

Garrett Shrum (Junior Tight End/Defensive End)

Trace Condra (Junior Halfback/Strong Safety)

Hudson Petty (Junior Halfback/Defensive End)

T.D. Argo (Junior Offensive/Defensive Lineman)

Austin Nunley (Junior Kicker)

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

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