Pirates Ready For a Run?
It’s easy to say the words South Pittsburg in Cookeville. It has come out naturally over the lifespan of the TSSAA playoffs, dating back to 1969.
Even with the return of Vic Grider, one has to ask the question of talent gap.
Not that the Pirates don’t have any of it. They have loads and loads of talent across the board, including a Mr. Football Lineman of the Year candidate.
The question of a championship run is not what Fayetteville can bring, but what the future holds after the second round.
The last time the Pirate made it past the third round, they ended their season as runner-ups to Union City in 2013. The problem with their run now, however, is the continuation of traditional powers without a hiatus like the Pirates had in 2014.
Still, there is a sense that this Pirates team has something special going on with the stellar rushing game and clicking, through-the-air offense. Fayetteville will be a big test, not towards Cookeville, but towards a higher-powered offense prepared to take down some traditional powers the Pirates are used to facing.
Then again, the Pirates are most likely to make the title game in the Sequatchie Valley, where two other teams in different classifications are threatening deep runs this postseason.
Fayetteville at South Pittsburg
Beene Stadium, South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Kickoff Time: 7:00 PM CT/8:00 PM ET
RIVALRY RECAP: LAST TEN MATCHUPS
All Time Series Record: South Pittsburg, 2-0 (Since 2013)
Pirates 55, Tigers 23; November 13, 2015
Pirates 49, Tigers 0; November 22, 2o13
No Other Matchups Recorded
PLACE YOUR BETS
DISCLAIMER: These are not actual spreads or odds, and cannot be used in kind of sports betting context.
The Spread: Fayetteville (+34.5) at South Pittsburg
Odds to Win: Fayetteville 10 to 1; South Pittsburg 6 to 5
Over/Under (Total Points): (27.5 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 perceive the matchup at and cannot be used in any sports betting enterprise.
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INSIDE THE FILM ROOM
Film Room: The Tigers out of Region 4-1A look a lot like the one out of 3-1A. Although they do run pistol sets, their offense varys greatly depending on when and where they are on the field. Fayetteville has the tendency to run a lot of option and passing options out of a hybrid shotgun Wing-T where the quarterback moves to the fullback position, thus adding another back elsewhere. Signal-caller Lex Marsh has an innate ability to remain cool in the pocket and on the run, especially poised when throwing on a rollout. Running back Brandon Moore has shown tendencies to improvise on the fly with his elusiveness, gaining big yards when plays break down.
The Pirates will be difficult to stop with speed and an outside run game coming out of the Wing-T. With the increasing success of an excellent passing game from Hogan Holland this season, the Pirates improved, significantly, an already Cookeville-caliber team. Their balance should help things run smoothly against a Fayetteville defense who struggles against outside runs and various spread-style plays. Although the Pirates will base out of the Wing-T, an early move to more spread out formations probably wouldn’t hurt them in the long-run.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Fayetteville: Brandon Moore (Junior Wingback/Cornerback), Marquice Emmons (Senior Running Back), Lex Marsh (Junior Quarterback), Jonathan Pigg (Senior Wide Receiver), Akoyai Dyer (Senior Running Back), Stanley High (Junior Offensive Guard, and Hunter Keele (Senior Kicker)
South Pittsburg: Hogan Holland (Senior Quarterback), Kyree Pryor (Senior Halfback/Defensive Back), Drew Daniels (Senior Offensive Lineman/Defensive End), Mitch Butner (Senior Linebacker/Tight End), and Cade Kennemore (Junior Wide Receiver/Defensive Back)