Bledsoe County Moves Up To .500
As Polk County travels to Pikeville, the Warriors are in for a Region 3-2A dogfight against the Wildcats. That being said, if things go as planned, Bledsoe County could be the victors at home, riding a two game win streak into the Battle for the Stump against Sequatchie County. If the Warriors put too much clout in next week, though, they could be sitting below .250 halfway through the season. The Warriors should have enough to win against the upstart Wildcats who were formerly 0-20 in the past two seasons. Still, a Region 3-2A matchup is always unpredictable, especially when the two teams are fighting for a playoff spot.
The Yellow Jackets Upset Upperman
Even though the Jackets barely took down Cannon County two weeks ago in region play, the Bees are not the team they were last season. The passing game has diminished and they sit with only one win on the the season. And if they come in expecting to sleep walk, the Bees could very well have a long bus ride home. That topped with the split-back veer the Jackets run creates a scheme that’s hard to account for with only one week to prepare for. There may not be as many household names on the roster for Yellow Jackets, but with a simple man’s offense and will, the Yellow Jackets could shock the Middle Tennessee masses with a win.
South Pittsburg-Copper Basin Closer Than Bargained For
There’s a very slim chance that the Pirates slip up in their region opener, but stranger things have happened. Riding a huge rivalry win, South Pittsburg could expect to sleep walk past a Cougar team ready for a playoff spot. The Pirates should be ready, though, considering their success against the No. 1 Class 2A team in the state last week. The Cougars’ could potentially take the region with a win over the Pirates and the Tigers, so they’ll have some motivation.
Marion County Hangs 60 on Brainerd
To the opposite end of the spectrum, expect the Warriors to play big against the Panthers after taking a huge blow last week in Beene Stadium. The Panthers better be ready for some built up frustration, or they’ll be making their way out of the stadium on stretchers. both teams tend to be physical and fast, but Arion County is loaded with talent and should be toying, not being competitive with, the Panthers late. It’s unlikely they’ll try to run the score and pad the stats, but if Brainerd scores late, Mathis might not call off the dogs and pick up 60 or more.
Chaise Sorrow Has More Than Impressive Outing
The less than impressive Wildcat secondary will have some work awaiting them inside James T. Warden Stadium Friday night a they stare down senior signal-caller Chaise Sorrow. H lit up the Tigers last week in an overtime win at Whitwell, and this secondary is a hair less impressive than TigerTown’s. The play-action will be key as the Warrior have been run first in their history. Slowly, the composure of Sorrow should leak into the game, especially late when the second level starts to tire.