PrepTennessee.com looks at a few more top games for this Friday. Check in to find out more about each team and an analysis of their game on Friday night. You can also visit the PrepTennessee.com forum to talk about each game and compete in the weekly pick'em contest at FORUM. Find out more about some of the biggest games across the state this Friday.
Moore County @ Eagleville
The Raiders from Lynchburg-Moore County (Tenn.) has a good season in 2008. They hope to carry that momentum and build into a nice playoff run in 2008. Look for the Raiders to take to the air under the leadership of new Coach Steve Matthews. This season the Raiders will make a strong run for the region and should definitely be a team to watch in the playoffs.
The Murfreesboro-Eagleville (Tenn.) Eagles hope to see a great deal of improvement in 2008 after a rough year in 2007. Offensively look for the Eagles to see big contributions from the offensive line with players like JoJo Wilson, Barrett Bingham, and Alex Sinvithitch. Eagleville hopes the addition of a new head coach, Steve Carson, will help propel their program in the right direction.
Coach Carson and his Eagleville players are hoping to build a strong program for the future with a big win this Friday. Fans can expect a good ball game early, but experience will make the difference in the long run. Moore County 28 Eagleville 13
Spring Hill @ Alcoa
Fans can expect a lot of improvement from the Spring Hill (Tenn.) Raiders. The 2008 season has lead to a new head coach in Jason Scharsch, formerly of Eagleville. Scharsch hopes the Raiders will be able to change their misfortunes of the past under the leadership of quarterback Broc Loveless, running backs Jamal Pride, and Travis Carter.
Thanks to their neighbors, the Maryville Rebels, the Tornadoes from Alcoa (Tenn.) have had one of the quietest runs of state championships in TSSAA history. Alcoa has held the gold ball in Murfreesboro four years in a row and are looking for "the drive for five". The combination of players like defensive back Sam Thompson, who recently received an offer from Army, linemen Jeff Hickman, and quarterback Chase James will help Coach Rankin and his Tornadoes keep their winning ways intact. Fans should also watch for big plays from underclassmen like running back Jaron Toney, Justin Marsh, Tyler Robinson, and Taharin Tyson.
There will be a lot of improvement this season from Spring Hill, but don't look for the Raiders to waltz into Alcoa and take down the Tornadoes anytime soon. The Raiders will put up a good fight early, but this game will get out of hand and more than likely have a running clock in the second half. Alcoa 56 Spring Hill 13
Tennessee @ Kingsport Dobyns Bennett
The fans of Northeast Tennessee will get an early treat this season as these two county rivals collide at J. Fred Johnson stadium. The Vikings from Tennessee High (Tenn.) are bringing back seven starters on offense and four on defense and looking to go further in the playoffs. Viking fans can expect big things out of junior running back Keenan Shepard, who rushed for over 900 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2007. Coach Greg Stubbs will have confidence in his offense because they also return their starting quarterback, Mason County, who threw for over 900 yards, and a veteran offensive line.
Traveling onto the reservation is never an easy task for any visiting team. Ballgames have a different feel when the 300 person Tribe band gets playing and the 100 Tribe football players begin "The Walk" during the stretch period. Many Tribe fans feel the 2008 team may be able to make a deep run in the playoffs and have good reason with 10 total starters returning, five on each side of the football. Look for a young group of Tribe members to make a big presence in 2008 including sophomore Chris Sensabaugh. In 2007, as a freshman he rushed for 850 yards and 15 touchdowns in just eight games.
The Vikings should have a big season in 2008 and hope to get things started on the right path this Friday. However, Coach Graham Clark hopes to have the Tribe ready to have a breakout game to show 5A teams statewide to watch out. Kingsport Dobyns Bennett 24 Tennessee 10
Sevier County @ William Blount
Friday night will be the beginning of the season for Sevier County and William Blount and both teams hope to show improvement in 2008. The Sevierville-Sevier County Smoky Bears are hoping to rebound off a lackluster 2007 in which they were 3-7 and make a run into the 5A playoffs. The Bears will be led by junior quarterback Zach Flynn, senior running back Andrew Feezel, and senior wide receiver Patrick Miller. In order for the Bears to return to their winning ways they will need to find a way to win early with only three returning starters.
The Maryville-William Blount Governors on the other hand are looking to improve as well. The Governors have established themselves as a consistent contender each season for the Region 2-5A title and now hope to become a legitimate contender for the gold ball in Murfreesboro. The defense will be led by senior Cole Lail, 6-1, 220 pound linebacker along with senior Don Cope, 5-11, 170 pound cornerback. Expect big things from the Governors even with a tough region schedule.
The Smoky Bears hope to start things off on the right foot this Friday with a big win at William Blount. Although the Bears will win more this season fans shouldn't expect this Friday to be the beginning of those wins. William Blount 35 Sevier County 14
Harding Academy @ St. Benedict
The PrepTennessee.com staff strongly advises any fan that does not have a game to watch this Friday to check out this game. Fans will be able to check out the top prospect in the state, Marlon Brown, 6-5, 205 pound wide receiver from Memphis-Harding Academy (Tenn.). Expect this Friday night to be a big night for Brown and his Harding Academy Lions.
This game will be very one sided unless St. Benedict is able to find a way to shut down Brown. Otherwise expect Harding Academy to find many different ways to distribute the football and get Brown in space. His quick feet, strength, and athleticism will help him have a huge performance on Friday nights all season long. Harding Academy 49 St. Benedict 13