David takes out Goliath (barely)

William Blount's opening game might have given us all an early glimpse of what happened this past Friday in Round 1at Dobyns Bennett.

Unhappy about last year's opening loss to Sevier County, the Governors stormed out of the gate and put a 24-12 thumping on the Smoky Bears in Week Zero. The common thread between the two games is when the Govs are properly motivated and have their backs to the wall, look out.

That's not to say the Govs have always looked like world beaters down the stretch. They got off to an impressive 3-0 start against lesser foes, then things came unraveled a bit.

Blount lost their next three games to an in county arch rival and two region opponents by a combined 40-79. Injuries to their starting QB and center didn't help in their 1 point loss to Farragut to end the 3 game slide.

Minus a triple overtime loss to McMinn County, the Govs have been back on track ever since though, holding everyone that was left besides the Cherokees to less than 14 points.

So, in hindsight, maybe the Governors stunning defeat of AP #1 and undefeated Dobyns Bennett really shouldn't have been such a surprise. The match up had all the ingredients William Blount covets: big time stage, big time opponent, pride on the line, backs to the wall and head coach Scott meadows issuing a challenge in the media that the Govs needed a "signature win".

The Govs got that win with grit and guts, holding an Indian offensive squad that was averaging 33.4 points per game to just 7 points thru the first half, then getting the necessary go ahead points from the foot of kicker Joe Cohelo to seal the deal with less than a minute left in the game.

Gov fans might be wondering how this season ends without Cohelo's sudden interest in football. He had never kicked in a high school football game before this year.

So, the lay of the 5A East Bracket terrain has been turned on its ear. Instead of Farragut traveling to DB, now the Govs will be taking the short trip to West Knoxville to clash on a muddy Admiral playing field. The Admirals had to employ bags of sand and a rented helicopter to dry their field for Round 1.

Again, things the Govs like: nasty playing surface, opponent that beat them by one measly point in Week 5 to extend their losing streak to 3 games, a region rival that Blount hasn't had that much luck against and the Govs are the heavy underdog.

Let's all try not to act surprised if the William Blount Governors are still alive and traveling to Ooltewah in Round 3.

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