Week One Analysis

Find out which of the top teams playing in week one should perform the best. Learn more about some of the top games across the state and the key players in each game.

Game One: Knoxville-Fulton vs. Oak Ridge

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One of the top games to watch in East Tennessee this week besides the big match up in Blount County will be Knoxville-Fulton (Tenn.) against Oak Ridge (Tenn.). Fans can expect a good ball game when these two newly formed rivals meet up Friday night at Blankenship field. The Oak Ridge Wildcats led by senior quarterback Tyler Clark, 6-3, 195 pounds hope to start things off on the right foot for 2008 after a disappointing exit from the 2007 season in round one. The Wildcats will look for weapons like running back/wide receiver DeMarcus Rogers, 5-11, 195 pounds and wide receiver Rafael Coffey to have a big night. Coach Stanton Stevens and his team also have shown some promise with the play of wide receiver Jakari McClanahan, 6-5, 200 pounds and newly added basketball player Tucker Trent, 6-5, 185 pounds. Fans can expect the Wildcats to go vertical in 2008 and test many teams down the field early and often.

As for the Fulton Falcons they hope to get back to Murfreesboro in 2008 after a disappointing loss to Nashville-David Lipscomb (Tenn.) in the 2007 state championship game. Coach Buck Coatney will rely on leadership from his veteran linemen like Vincent Johnnson, Devin Crawford, Jordan Phillips, and Matthew Blasco. The Falcons suffered losses at most skill positions in 2007. For Fulton the option to rebuild those spots is not necessary because they will reload led by senior wide receiver Jermichael Williams, junior wide receiver Antonio Barfield, and junior running back Marco Goliday.

PrepTennessee.com Prediction:

Both of these teams seem poised to have a big season in 2008 and both are hungry to rebound from a disappointing finish in the 2007 season. The Wildcats have a lot to prove if they want to get back to Murfreesboro and it has to start in week one. On the other hand Fulton players and fans would love to see a week one victory at Blankenship field. Oak Ridge 28 Knoxville-Fulton 21

Game Two: Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy vs. Brentwood-Ravenwood (Tenn.)

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The Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy Eagles hope to extend their winning streak against Williamson County schools to 31 games this week with a win over Brentwood-Ravenwood (Tenn.). This game should provide for some excitement as there will be a few Scout.com featured athletes playing. For the Eagle they will hope to improve this week and continue to build a top notch offense led by four star offensive tackle Alex Bullard, 6-4, 290 pounds. Fans should also look for wide receiver DJ Luna to make some big plays throughout the season. On the defensive side of the ball defensive end Thad McHaney, 6-4, 240 pounds is one of the top rising prospects in the state. McHaney has been adding offers all summer and seems to be really growing more and more interests. Also on the defensive side look for big time performance from senior defensive tackle Barry Dabney, 6-2, 280 pounds and junior defensive lineman Ishmael Lewis.

The Raptors from Brentwood-Ravenwood hope to limit their mistakes and play sounder football this week. The Raptors lost last week in a close ball game to Nashville-Goodpasture due to some key penalties and missed assignments down the stretch. Led offensively by senior wide receiver Bo Gilroy, 6-1, 179 pounds and senior offensive tackle Logan Massengale, 6-6, 270 pounds the Raptors hope to get their first win in a big way this Friday. Coach Brian Rector's squad will have to play mistake free football this Friday in order to compete with the Eagles. The Raptors ability to protect their quarterback and find ways to get the football to Bo Gilroy may prove to be the deciding factor against a stout Eagles defense.

PrepTennessee.com Prediction:

This game will be extremely important to both teams. The Eagles want to keep their streak alive and continue to dominate the Middle Tennessee landscape. On the other hand the Raptors need to get their first win and in a big way. For Coach Brian Rector and his program this would be a huge stepping stone and boost of confidence that they need to get back to the same level they were at in 2005. The Raptors will get back on track and should be a formidable opponent in their region, but fans should expect an 0-2 start after their game against Brentwood Academy. Brentwood Academy 31 Ravenwood 17

Game Three: Kingsbury vs. Memphis University School

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The Falcons from Memphis-Kingsbury (Tenn.) hope to continue the 2008 on a roll. The Falcons won their first game of the season over Memphis-Central (Tenn.) 39-0. The Falcons are led by three star running back Gabriel Hunter, 5-11, 190 pounds. Hunter rushed for 255 yards last week and hopes to continue to pile on the yards. His combination of speed and quick feet make him one of the most talented backs in the state.

The Owls of Memphis (Tenn.) University School squeaked out their first win of the season over a talented Memphis-Melrose squad, 13-12. The Owls hope to continue to improve this week, but will be faced with a tough challenge of shutting down Hunter. For the Owls defense look for senior linebacker Will Stokes, 6-3, 215 pounds to lead the charge against Hunter and the Falcons. Stokes, who is receiving interest from several schools including Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, and Vanderbilt, does a great job of shedding blocks and getting to the football. On offense the Owls hope to convert with quarterback Barry Brunetti, 6-1, 200 pounds. Establishing a solid ground game led by senior offensive guard Cliff Jones will also be vital to the success of the Owl's chances of victory on Friday night.

PrepTennessee.com Prediction:

When you add players like Gabriel Hunter to any field you have to be concerned defensively about their speed and chances to take one the distance. His natural speed and ability to make moves across the field and avoid tacklers will make for a tough challenge. Add to that the fact the Memphis (Tenn.) University School has field turf surface it could prove to be a tough night for the Owl defense. The key for the Owls is to maintain ball possession and use the clock to their advantage. Memphis-Kingsbury 28 Memphis University School 24

Check in tomorrow as PrepTennessee.com begins to break down some of the biggest rivalry games to hit the early season in week one.


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