Marion County Takes the Win in OT
As heralded as the Marion County-Boyd Buchanan matchup is, there has to eventually be a winner. Although the Buccaneers were expected to take a step back, the AP Poll has a different opinion ranking them above the one-loss Warriors. Ricky Ross is no longer at the helm, but Joey Mathis can have the same tendencies to win a ‘revenge’ game. And if it goes down to the wire, Marion County’s veteran line and backfield will be the key to picking up win over the Buccaneers.
Sequatchie County Rushes for Over 300 Yards
Last time The Stump was on the line, the Indians rushed for an unGodly amount of yards. They also made the Warriors lay a goose egg, but that’s for another day. It’s very likely, with their venture back to the Wing-T, that the Indians can bolster a lot of rushing yards with Hunter Davenport and Austin Stevens in the backfield. The two routinely run wild for long touchdown plays, and the Bledsoe County defensive line isn’t what it used to be. And if they get the pass going, the Bledsoe County defense won’t have a break from being on edge all night.
South Pittsburg Takes Grundy County Lightly
Yes, the Pirates could probably sleepwalk through Grundy County without any symptoms, but if they fall too far behind on the offensive side, the Yellow Jackets could keep it close. The Pirates run an offense very similar to Region 4-3A teams with a Wing-T twist. the improved passing game of the Pirates will be the downfall of the Jackets, but with a lucky play or two, anything can happen.
Bledsoe County Plays Better Than Record Indicates
Sitting as .500, the Warriors have had to fight for an even record, and therefore appreciate it more than most at the moment. In fact, they’re mentality for every game could be called a dogfight. So when they keep it close with Sequatchie County early, don’t be surprised, especially since their due for a win after three straight losses in the series. The passing of Chaise Sorrow has improved and could give the Indian secondary woes if they’re not careful. And the fact that a rivalry game is brewing is all the more reason to play better than expected.
Marion-Boyd Winner Claims the No. 1 AP Spot
Regardless of who wins Friday night, it’s likely they’ll be the unanimous No. 1, taking down a fellow top three program. Adamsville may be a better team, but if you don’t have a Boyd-Buchanan on the schedule it makes it hard to stay on top, even with an unblemished record. And as much as the rankings ‘slightly’ fluctuate, it’s a move that many could see coming. Also, the winner will have an easier road to State, but that’s not necessarily the case as Marion County proved last season in the playoffs.