|Trenton at Union City |
PLACE, TIME: War Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
2009 RECORDS: Trenton 0-1 (0-0); Union City 1-0 (0-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): Trenton: Kent Scott (28-30 in 6th season); Union City: Darren Bowling (118-64 in 17th season; 11-2 in 2nd season at UC).
LAST MEETING: 2004. UC beat Trenton, 15-7.
SERIES RECORD — UC leads all-time, 39-30-6.
LAST WEEK — Trenton lost to Dresden, 27-14, while UC was idle.
KEY PLAYERS: Trenton — QB Jerry Rogers, RB A.J. Collier, LBs Hunter Bush and Austin Coleman, DL Deonte Johnson and King Doaks. Union City — RBs/LBs Josh Nicks, Jacob Worley, C/DT Will Arnold, OL/DT Ronnie Fair, OL/LB Rance Barnes, OL/DL Stevie Gossett, QB Chase Bowling.
OUTLOOK: Six turnovers in its opener vs. Dresden killed any chances Peabody had at winning. Rogers was intercepted four times, one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Lions’ Brandon Elliott. Trenton, which struggled miserably on the offensive side last season while going 2-8, gained just 212 yards in all vs. Dresden. The Tornadoes will be looking to get off to a good start in District 14A play against one of the two Class 2A entries in the seven-team league. UC won a season-opener for the first time since the 2001 campaign when it manhandled Trigg County 45-6 in Week 0 and will be looking for its first 2-0 start to a year since that ’01 season when it won its first three games.
Obion Central at Crockett Co.
PLACE, TIME: Alamo; 7 p.m.
2009 RECORDS: OC 1-1 (0-0); Crockett Co. 1-0 (0-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): Obion Central: Shawn Jackson (8-14 in 3rd season; 1-11 in 2nd year at OC); Crockett Co.: P.A. Pratt (114-52 in 15th season).
SERIES RECORD — Series tied 6-6.
LAST MEETING — 2008. Crockett Co. whipped OC, 63-21.
LAST WEEK — Obion Central lost at Byhalia (Miss.), 27-20, while Crockett County blanked Bolivar, 41-0.
KEY PLAYERS: Obion Central — QB Patrick Haskins, RB/WR Lucas Fulbright, OL/LB Blake Boyd, WR/DB Tanner Cary, RB/LB Brandon Armour, WR/DE Jacquise Williams. Crockett Co. — QB Drew Speaker, RBs Darius Bass and Jonathan Jurnett, OT/DT Matthew Spraggins.
OUTLOOK: The Rebels will face one of the preseason favorites in rugged District 13AA. OC will get back the services of Williams and Patrick Minnick after each served a two-game suspension for an off-the-field incident in the summer, which should be a boost to the receiving corps. The Rebs will also be bolstered by the return of their best defensive lineman, Ethan Davis, who sat out last week after being ejected vs. Fulton County in Week 0. Central’s biggest challenge, though, will be defensively, where the Cavs rolled up more than 500 total yards in a spanking of Bolivar in Week 1. Bass was in Pratt’s doghouse to begin the year, but ran for 180 yards on just eight carries and had another 54 on a pass reception. Jurnett also went over the 100-yard rushing mark last week and scored twice, while Speaker is a three-year starter who runs the CC show.
South Fulton at Greenfield
PLACE, TIME: Harris Field, 7:30 p.m.
2009 RECORDS: SF 0-1 (0-0); Greenfield 0-1 (0-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): South Fulton: Kelly Spivey (6-5 in 2nd season); Greenfield: Jason Rodehaver (9-12 in 3rd season).
LAST MEETING: 2008. South Fulton won 22-16 in 2OT.
SERIES RECORD — SF leads all-time, 34-25-1.
LAST WEEK — SF lost to West Carroll, 36-27, while Greenfield was idle.
KEY PLAYERS: South Fulton — RB/NG Jared Fowler, OL/DL Sam Curtis, OL/DL Hunter Allen, QB Jacquay Garmon, RB/LB Chance Barnes, RB/LB Tyler Nolan, RB/S Alex Gallien. Greenfield — QB/FS Ty Smithson, RB/LB Tyler Dunning, OT/DT Chris McMullen, FB/LB Jonathan Benson, Ol/DL Brodie Cogburn, WR/DB Dalton Potts.
OUTLOOK: The Red Devils’ final victory in their unexpected 6-0 start a year ago came when they rallied to beat G’field in a double OT thriller. A win here would be critical to each club, SF for some confidence for a relatively young and inexperienced roster, and the Yellowjackets after they feel they let one slip away against Dresden in Week 0 after they led 12-0 and were driving for a third score late in the first half.
Murray at Fulton City
PLACE, TIME: Memorial Field; 7:30 p.m.
2009 RECORDS: Murray 2-0; Fulton City 0-2.
COACHES (RECORDS): Murray: Steve Duncan (10-4 in 2nd season); Fulton City: Wayne Lohaus (23-59 in 9th season).
LAST WEEK — Murray hammered Calloway County, 49-0, while Fulton City was blasted by Gleason, 50-0.
KEY PLAYERS: Murray — RBs Brandon Wicks, Matt Deese and Demorree Fields. Fulton City — RBs Jacquise Lockett, SE Demarquis Young, RB/CB/QB Rondell Bransford, OL/DL Quinton Tribble, OL/DL Quinon Tribble, C/NG Shelby Jones.
OUTLOOK: It might go from bad to worse for the Bulldogs, who’ve lost their first two games to Lake County and Gleason by a combined 120-19 count. Murray has enjoyed a revival to its storied past and could be a factor in the chase for the Class 2A state title in Kentucky. Wicks, Deese and Fields combined to rush for more than 300 yards last week.
week, with Wicks leading the way with 149 and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. Young is expected to return and start at QB for Fulton after serving a two-game suspension.