Week Five Preview

Find out more about some of the best rivalries in the state and what to expect from a few of the top prospects in the East Tennessee region.

Game 1: Oak Ridge vs. Clinton


Fans in Clinton (Tenn.) have been looking forward to this date for over a decade. The rivalry between these two county rivals has grown throughout the years and has seen a few scares but for the most part total domination by the Wildcats. For most fans of the Clinton (Tenn.) Dragons they feel that 2008 could be the year of the Dragon and most importantly the year they knock off county rival Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Wildcats.

This rivalry has some deep rooted history including a 74-0 blowout in 2005 that sparked a little controversy in the series and of course the 1997 victory over the Wildcats of Oak Ridge (Tenn.) best known for Dragon fans celebration on the Wildcat goalpost. Fans should be able to expect the same hostile atmosphere and intense rivalry this Friday night.

Oak Ridge (Tenn.) led by senior quarterback, Tyler Clark, 6-3, 195 pounds looks to keep his momentum rolling this week. Clark, who threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns, looks to lead an improving offense with playmakers Demarcus Rogers, Jakari McClanahan, and Tucker Trent.

For the Dragons of Clinton (Tenn.) they hope to have a big game from quarterback Darian Stone, who has thrown for close to 400 yards in the first four games. One major loss for the Dragons may be an injury to tailback Weston Hazelhurst, who has rushed for 538 yards on just 60 carries averaging close to nine yards per carry.

Game 2: CAK vs. Knox Webb


This is the type of game fans, coaches, and players spend all week getting ready to watch and play. The Spartans of Knoxville-Webb and the Knoxville-Christian Academy Warriors will lock up in a non region contest, but an intense rivalry since the schools are located next to each other.

The Warriors of Knoxville-Christian Academy hope to continue their winning streak to three straight games. The Warriors will look to running back Keenan Kolinsky, 6-1, 212 pounds to continue his tough hard nosed running. Kolinsky, who reports an offer from Air Force, has already piled up 340 yards and three touchdowns. The 2008 season has also seen huge success from the aerial attack of the Warriors. The Warrior quarterback Michael Fromke, who has thrown for 1112 yards and eight touchdowns, looks to have a big game.

Game 3: William Blount vs. Maryville


In 2007, the Governors from Maryville-William Blount gave the top program in the state Maryville (Tenn.) Rebels a big time scare with a 20-19 final score. These two teams are heading in opposite directions in 2008 and don't expect things to change this week. The Rebels from Maryville (Tenn.) have a 65 game winning streak most recently their 45-6 win over Knoxville-Powell and are showing no signs of letting up. The Governors of William Blount have yet to win their first game and most don't expect that to change this Friday.

The Rebels have been compiling some big time wins throughout the season and are working towards a fifth consecutive undefeated season and fifth straight championship. There is no doubt Maryville is favored in this match up and for most fans the favorite to repeat as state champion. The 2008 season has been led by junior quarterback Phillip Juhlin, running backs Thoms Shuler and Buddy Jones. Fans should expect these three offensive leaders to have big time performances on Friday night.

One year separated from their one point loss to the Rebels the Governors from Maryville-William Blount is heading in the opposite direction. So far the 2008 season has been long and very unsuccessful for the Governors. However, fans can expect William Blount led by linebacker Cole Lail to show up big this Friday as they try to take the giant of Blount County.

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