It’s that time again for the crazy to come out as we get ready for another week of football in the Sequatchie Valley.
Last week went mostly as planned for our beloved teams, but this week, the regions take over, and with that comes a fight for the playoffs. Emphasis on the crazy part as Grundy County travels to Cannon County, Bledsoe County hosts Silverdale, Smith County comes to Dunlap, Marion County welcomes Meigs County, and Davidson Academy finds themselves way outside of the Nashville Metropolitan area in Tiger Town.
Try saying that all in one breath. In fact our first prediction is that you can’t and won’t. Prove us wrong or don’t, we’ll still write the articles!
The Tigers Hold Top-Ranked QB to under 125 Yards Passing
It’s a long shot, but if the Tigers can hold Nationally-ranked sophomore quarterback Stone Norton to under 125 yards passing, they’ll like erect a statue of Tracy Malone in the town square. Let’s not go that far, but it would be huge. That chances are pretty slim after Sequatchie County’s success through the air in week two. Better competition breeds better teams, though, and it’s possible the Tigers have a lot material on film to fix their secondary woes. The offense for the Tigers is pretty decent and could have success against the Bears, but their defense will have to step up if they want to pull off the upset.
Yellow Jackets Pick Up Their First Road Win Since 2014
Last season, the Yellow Jackets took down the Lions at home by a large margin, so it’s not out of the question to think they could do it again this year. Both teams have improved dramatically, so the tale of the tape will be which team has done so the most. And with the region factor at play, it’s anyone’s ball game. The Yellow Jackets are favored by a lot, and if they can put it all together, they’ll be one-third of the way to a possible playoff berth with region win number one.
Owls’s King Runs Wild on Outside Versus Sequatchie County
Again, IT’S A LONG SHOT, but Smith County’s Sermar King might have success on the outside against the Indians. Smith County may not be the squad it was last year, but with the right balance of rushing and passing, they could keep the Indian defense on edge. And before you start in on how dominant the defense has been, take a look at the statistics. That side of the ball has allowed 40 points in the first two games alone. You could possibly give or take one and a half touchdowns, but that’s a lot of points up in the air against 1A opponents. A lot of that has been on the outside run and long passes, and if Smith County can embody that, they could keep it close with the Indians. Keyword: close, not win.
Meigs County Plays the Underdog Role to a Tee
Sure, there are plenty of games you can trip up on if you’re not paying attention in Region 3-2A, but for Marion County this begins the long line of tripwires and landmines. The Tigers return 7 starters on both sides with a lot of underrated players including senior playmaker Zy Moore and tailback Logan Fowler. The passing game will likely be the success of the Tigers if they are to pull off the upset against Region Top Dog Marion County. The Tigers are rising, and a win over the Warriors is all they’d need to make a decently deep playoff run if not a deep one.
Winner of Bledsoe County-Silverdale will be in the postseason Driver’s Seat
josh Owensby and company shouldn’t have too tough of a time against the Seahawks if last year is any indication. Regardless of who takes the crucial week three matchup, the winner will have a bee line to the playoff cut. Bledsoe County hopes to get back while the Seahawks are itching for a 1st-rounder. The winner may have a tough hill to climb, but they’ll be rewarded with a smaller hill rather than a Mountain.