FULL PREVIEW: Revenge Requires Tight ‘Ship’ for the Pirates

Locking Up The Cage

If you’re betting against the Pirates this week as they face Columbia Academy, you, my friend, have a problem

The Pirates have every reason to look over the Bulldogs with last week’s struggle against Whitwell, but revenge is a dish best served cold.  And for South Pittsburg, playing this late may mean breaking out the Under Armour leggings.

Regardless of the weather, the Pirates still look to be a team worthy of a December game.  And though the Bulldogs might be able to mount an offensive, there’s little hope for a team wanting to get past the Beene Stadium test.

In fact, the last team to take down the Pirates was Sequatchie County, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth in the first week of the season.  That’s a 3A program still playing football in the quarterfinals and likely will be moving on to the semifinals.

And the Indians just keep making the Pirates look unstoppable.  And vice versa.


GAMETIME INFO:

South Pittsburg at Columbia Academy

JJ Savage Field, Columbia, Tennessee

Kickoff Time:  7:00 PM CT/8:00 PM ET


RIVALRY RECAP:  LAST TEN MATCHUPS

All Time Series Record:  Tied, 1-1 (Since 2012)

Bulldogs 56, Pirates 28; November 20, 2015

Pirates 76, Bulldogs 21; November 2, 2o12

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:  South Pittsburg (-26.5) at Columbia Academy

Odds to Win:  Columbia Academy 4 to 1; South Pittsburg 3 to 4

Over/Under (Total Points):  (54.5 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.


QUICK HIT STORYLINES

Winner Advances to Semifinal Matchup vs. Greenback/Coalfield

South Pittsburg will try to take lead in the series against the Bulldogs

The Pirates will attempt to Extend 11-Game Win Streak

Columbia Academy comes off of a close 20-13 win over Whitwell


INSIDE THE FILM ROOM

Film Room:  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 Columbia Academy 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.

Columbia Academy, with its ‘Sling-T’ formation, looks to spread the field out while maintaining a hard-nosed edge over their opponent.  The Bulldogs usually rely a lot on the passing game with senior signal-caller Dylan Johnson, but in the regular season matchup between the Bulldogs and Whitwell, he was held to only one completion for 11 yards.  The Pirates should have not problem holding a passing attack like that. With a lot of motion-involving plays and play-action, they’ll seek to confuse the Pirate defense with sets and schemes alone.  The Pirates, though, are a veteran squad that’s not so evenly fooled.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

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)

Columbia Academy:  Dylan Johnson (Senior Quarterback), Matthew Fox (Senior Offensive Tackle), Timmy Riley (Junior Outside Linebacker), Rush Lansdell (Sophomore Free Safety), Logan Neal (Senior Halfback), Briggs Hall (Junior Defensive Tackle)

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

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