Prime Time Pick 4A: Maryville (11-0) at Red Bank (11-0)
The Red Rebels have shown uncharacteristic chinks in the armor the last two weeks. Maryville fell behind vs. 4-6 Brainerd and then again to 7-4 Rhea County.
Brainerd brought raw power and speed, while Rhea Co brought a great scheme, both on offense and defense. It didn't help that the Rebels had a half dozen turnovers in the two games combined.
The Red Bank Lions haven't had many problems along the way. They're shutting down opponents with stifling defense and a speedy offense. The Lions have blanked 6 opponents thus far and held 8 to under 7 points.
The Lions held two Region 3 opponents to just 12 points in back to back performances. Like the Rebels, they also went undefeated in their own region.
My Pick: Red Bank
3A: Knox Fulton (10-1) @ Knox Catholic (11-0)
Last year these two split their two meetings. The Falcons won the regular season game in a deluge of scoring. The Irish kept the post season match up close though and won by the slimmest of margins.
This year the script was flipped, as Catholic won the regular season match up handily to the tune of 27-14. The refs had a hand in the outcome with two Falcon scores called back, but Catholic would have probably won anyway.
So, don't think the Fulton Falcons don't have plenty to play for Friday night. They wanna show their batter than the first match up and they wanna win another gold ball.
It's stars galore as 4 star athletes Harrison Smith and Dennis Rogan will be pitted head to head often when Catholic is on offense.
My Pick: Catholic
4A: Morristown East (8-3) @ Morristown West (11-0)
The "@" symbol has no meaning in this game, as these two 4A power rushing squads not only in the same region, but are forced to share the same stadium all season. The city only built one venue, so you can believe these two don't like each others company much.
The West Trojans dismantled the Hurricanes 45-24 in Week 5 of the regular season. Spectators tell us the game really wasn't even that close.
Here's the thing about these two squads though. They run pretty similar offenses and both have oppressive defenses. Whoever gets out to an early lead in this one has the inside track to a win.
Look for this rematch to be slightly lower scoring and full of big hits and power runs. Neither will throw the ball much.
My Pick: Morristown West
3A: Giles County (10-1) @ David Lipscomb (10-1)
The regular season match up between these two wasn't even close, with the Lipscomb Mustangs coming out the victors, 28-3.
The Bobcats have been on a tear since losing to the ‘stangs though, winning their final four and only allowing 19 points in their last two outings.
David Lipscomb has ample playoff experience and they know what it takes to go all the way. Will they be looking past this game to a rematch with Goodpasture though?
Goodpasture beat Lipscomb for the ‘stangs only loss in Week Zero 20-13. The Bobcats are hoping to catch the ‘stangs sleeping. Don't count on it.
My Pick: David Lipscomb
Other games of equal interest
Hampton (10-1) @ Coalfield (11-0): look for Coalfield's Brandon Davis to run all over the Bulldogs as RB and rack up 2 or 3 sacks as LB. Coalfield wins.
Sweetwater (8-3) @ Alcoa (9-2): The Tornadoes have lost all they care to this year. Sweetwater chose just the right time to start peaking this season. The Wildcats might actually challenged Acloa…for 2 quarters. Alcoa wins.
Milan (6-5) @ Humboldt (9-2): The Humboldt Vikings lost badly to the Bulldogs 36-9. It was the very next game after the TSSAA made Milan forfeit 4 ballgames. The Vikings want revenge. The Bulldogs are a tem possessed. Milan wins.
Farragut (8-3) @ Ooltewah (11-0): 1200 yard back Andre Sterling and his fellow Farragut Admiral teammates want to derail the Owl Express. Don't look for that to happen. Ooltewah wants Riverdale. Ooltewah wins.
Symrna (9-2) @ Riverdale (10-1): This series hasn't been very close in the last 5 years or more. Riverdale has beaten the Bulldogs 255-68 in 6 games since 2003. The Bulldogs wanna change that, but how? Riverdale wins.
ECS (10-1) @ Webb (8-3): This just maybe the most compelling game in the Div II slate this week. Webb has struggled off and on, but has looked strong since the return of QB Blake Beeler. They handed ECS their only loss. ECS is mad about that and wants revenge. Too bad. Webb wins.
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