To make matters worse, the city forces the two to share a single playing field.
As the home team vs. the Trojans this season, East lost badly, 45-24.
Even with that embarrassment, things are looking way, way up with the arrival of first year head coach Dwayne Hatcher.
Hatcher has the Hurricanes pointed in the right direction, with a 3-1 start, culminating in a win vs. Daniel Boone in Week 10 and a 7-3 finish. It equals East's last season over .500, when they went 7-3 in 2003.
For their 2nd place finish, the Hurricanes get home field advantage in Round 1 and have drawn a tough 8-2 Johnson County team. East did not meet with the Longhorns in the regular season. This will be one of the more highly anticipated match ups in Round 1 in Northeast Tennessee.
The Longhorns gave up nearly 60 points through their first 3 match ups, but have since settled in and are only giving up 10 points per contest from Week 4 on. Their 4-2 in region play this year.
East is giving up just under 20 points per contest at 19.6 points per game on defense, which is an improvement over last year's 23 ppg. The Hurricane defense is lead by junior LB Richard Montes, with over 84 stops and a sack thru Week 8. He's aided by senior SS Seth Ewing and fellow linebacker Demarcus Knight (So).
The East offensive is lead by a trio of backers in seniors Brad Ramsey (QB) and Jimmy Mosier (RB), and junior Terrell Dockery (RB). The trio has combined for over 1,940 rushing yards thus far, for 31 TD's. They constitute the bulk of the offense in East's power running game.
Like the West Trojans, East passes for effect and they'll look to senior WR Jeremy Dickerson, then Mosier out of the backfield. Ramsey has less than 400 yards passing on the season and 5 interceptions versus 2 TD passes.
Neither Morristown team has traveled to the Blue Cross Bowl since 2003. East is the only one with a football championship. As the 1969 Class AAA state champions, it makes a better trivia questions than anything.
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