|Must-win regional football games ahead |
|Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008 1:16 pm |
|Playoff hopes for three of the four Weakley County high school football teams will hinge on victories on the Friday night of Week 9 of the 2008 season. |
The Westview Chargers (5-3, 4-1 Region 8-2A) control their destiny and will seal their spot in the postseason with a win over the visiting Humboldt Vikings (3-5, 2-3 Region 8-2A).
The Westview defense made a stand when it needed it most last week, turning away Gibson County on four plays inside the 10, including a fourth-and-one, in the fourth quarter of their 49-42 victory.
This week, the Chargers will try to keep Humboldt’s Quan Campbell in check. Campbell has rushed for more than 800 yards this season.
The Chargers benefitted from the return of Chris Gardner to their lineup after missing four games due to injury. The senior scored three TDs in the win.
Along with winning their own games, the Greenfield Yellow-jackets (3-5, 2-3 Region 7-A) must have some things bounce their way in order to make the playoffs. A step in the right direction will be a Jacket victory over the visiting Bruceton Tigers (0-8, 0-5 Region 7 -A).
Greenfield will try to reverse a skid that has seen it lose its last three. The Jackets must get the ground game back in gear after a rough outing at Union City.
The Gleason Bulldogs will play their second of three consecutive road games to finish the season. This week, the Dawgs (4-4, 3-2 Region 7-A) head to the Twin Cities to take on the South Fulton Red Devils (6-2, 3-2 Region 7-A). Gleason has won four of its past five contests, while SF has dropped its last two decisions after beginning the season 6-0. Both teams are listing this one as a must-win game with playoff berths and seeding on the line.
South Fulton and Gleason are coming off opposite efforts. Gleason man-handled Bruceton last week, while the Red Devils turned in their first less-than-stellar outing of the season, a 40-0 shelling at the hands of the surging Lake County Falcons. The Devils have gone from being state-ranked to fighting for a playoff spot.
The unenviable task of the week belongs to the Dresden Lions who will entertain the Milan Bulldogs. Dresden (0-8, 0-5 Region 8-2A) enters the contest without a win this season and riding a string of 17 consecutive losses, while the Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 Region 8-2A) come into the game undefeated and currently ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press’ Class 2A state-wide poll. It will be the last time Milan senior quarterback Justin Coleman will face his former Dresden teammates.
Kickoff for four games is set for 7:30 on Friday night.