|Only the Dawgs riding high during preparation for Week 8 |
|Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008 11:55 am |
With the only win by a Weakley County team in Week 7, the Gleason Bulldogs smacked around the West Carroll War Eagles in a 52-0 romp. The other three local teams combined to lose by a total score of 122-7.
In between — Gleason running back Dalton Teeter finds a pair of West Carroll War Eagles in his path during last week’s dominating win. The next Region 7-A opponent in Gleason’s way will be the host Bruceton Tigers on Friday night.
Westview’s Chargers dropped a 34-7 road decision to the University School of Jackson. The Greenfield Yellowjackets were blanked by McKenzie 41-0, and the Dresden Lions were shutout victims of the Gibson County Pioneers, 47-0.
The good news for both West-view (4-3, 3-1 Region 8-2A) and Greenfield (3-4, 2-2 Region 7-A) is those tough losses last week didn’t bring an end to their playoff hopes. For the Lions (0-7, 0-4 Region 8-2A), the chase for a postseason game is over.
Westview will try to bounce back when it travels to Dyer to take on Gibson County (4-3, 1-3 Region 8-2A). The Chargers will try to extend a pattern that has seen them earn a win after all three of their losses in 2008.
The Greenfield Yellowjackets have the toughest task of the week, visiting Union City to take on the Tornadoes (6-1, 4-0 Region 7-A), the top team in their region.
The Lions are also packing for a trip to Humboldt take on a Viking team that has also struggled with a record of 2-5 and 1-3 Region 8-2A.
Judging by their records, the Dawgs (3-4, 2-2 Region 7-A) have the easiest path to victory facing the host winless Bruceton Tigers (0-7, 0-4 Region 7-A).
But Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins isn’t letting his team rest on the laurels of a solid outing last week.
“We are trying to stay focused going against another team that’s down. We’re trying to stay sharp. This game is at Bruceton and it’s their Senior Night, so they’ll be hungry,” Lampkins said.
The Dawgs will have to keep an eye on split end Chandler Jordan, the Tigers’ big weapon.
Lampkins had high praise for his improving linemen in last week’s win, specifically David Ivy. Gleason also got an emotional boost from the return of Joseph Crocker, who played his first game of 2008 since breaking an ankle in the preseason.
In Martin, Westview head coach Don Coady has been preparing his defense to keep the Pioneers’ big play potential in check. Coady is hoping Gibson County’s tendency to turn the ball over on extended drives will come into play.
Coady also expects the special teams to be a big factor.
“We kicked the ball well and covered kicks well last week. That’s one area I think we have a big advantage over Gibson County,” the WHS coach said.
Coming off two consecutive region losses, the Greenfield Yel-lowjackets got a reminder from head coach Jason Rodehaver that the season isn’t over.
“We had a heart-to-heart talk Monday and I told the guys that all is not lost. We’re still in good shape,” Rodehaver said.
To stay in the hunt, the Jackets must slow a UC offense led by what Rodehaver considers the best running quarterback he’s faced all year in Colton Speed.
The Lions will try to slow a Viking team that is 2-2 in its last four games and is coming off an open date. DHS must limit its self-inflicted mistakes which have proved costly. Dresden will try to put together long scoring drives in order to keep the ball away from the Vikes’ big threat, Quan Campbell.