William Blount scored all 3 of their TD's in less than 5 minutes late in the 2nd quarter, then played tough defense to secure a 21-13 regional win and the 4th playoff slot in Region 2, 5A vs. Bradley Central.
The Govs are 5-4, 3-3 going into the final regional match-up of the year.
Blount plays host to cross county rival Heritage this Friday. This is a widely overlooked match-up that's played for bragging rights and pride more than anything else. There's been very few times that this game has decided anything regionally and this year is no exception to that.
However, these kids grew up together, so no one involved wants to be saddled with an "L" in this one. Bragging rights are all that matters here.
Heritage will treat this as their championship game and hope to send the Govs to the playoffs with a nasty loss. Don't look for that to happen though.
Although Heritage has had more pop with their new spread attack on offense, the end result hasn't changed much for Coach Rewis and the Mountaineers. They come into this match up 2-7, with no regional wins. They haven't tasted victory since starting the season 2-0.
On offense, QB Dylan Morgan will try to toss the ball to WR Brian Wigington and Shawn Wichert as often as possible. That's no slam dunk, as Morgan has thrown 4 more interceptions than his 6 TD passes. He had two picks in Week 9.
Justin Caines and Shawn Wichert will shoulder much of the offensive load rushing the ball for the Mountaineers. Caines also has soft receiving hands out of the backfield.
The Mountaineer defense gave up 185 yards and 3 TD's on the ground in Week 9 to regional rival McMinn Countie's Trace McDermont. Look for Blount RB Darran Walker to have close to the same kind of numbers vs. Heritage, as Walker is a near mirror image of McDermont.
Heritage was blanked by Ooltewah and Oak Ridge and gave up a combined 78 points to the regional rivals. There's plenty of reason to believe Blount could have a similar outing vs. the Mountaineers, but never discount the rivalry factor.
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