|Union City at Trenton |
PLACE, TIME: Freed Field, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: UC 1-0 (0-0); Trenton 0-1 (0-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): Union City: Darren Bowling (130-66 in 17th season; 23-4 in 3rd year at UC); Trenton: Kent Scott (33-35 in 7th season).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Union City won 48-0.
SERIES RECORD — UC leads all-time, 40-30-6.
LAST WEEK — Trenton lost to Dresden, 13-7, while Union City was idle.
NEXT WEEK — Union City plays at Huntingdon, Trenton hosts McKenzie.
KEY PLAYERS: Union City — QB Chase Bowling, RB/LB Keylon Hyde, OL/LB Trey Maddox, OL/DL Nick Crumble, RB/DB Deandrez Williams. Trenton — QB Jerry Rogers, OL Johan Horner, OL Bryant Tucker, OL Sonny Pearson, OL Demonte Vaughn, RBs Juwan Anderson and Qua Johnson.
OUTLOOK: The reigning Class 1A state champion Tornadoes open defense of their District 14A title against a Peabody team that will be playing at historic Freed Field for the final season. UC, ranked No. 5 in the initial Associated Press poll of the season, has not lost a district/region game during Bowling’s tenure — a streak of 13 straight league victories. The early-season open date was timely for the Tornadoes, as the younger Bowling — who scored three touchdowns last year against Trenton — was hospitalized for two days last week with a staph infection in his elbow. He is expected to be ready to go against the Tide, but untested sophomore Travis Rutland would get the call if Bowling is sidelined. Expect the Peabody defense to focus on Hyde, who ran for 303 yards and four TDs in his first varsity start in Week 0. Trenton won the statistical battle against Dresden last week but was turned away twice inside the Lion 10 in the fourth quarter. Anderson ran for 90 yards and Rogers scored the Tide’s lone touchdown.
Crockett Co. at Central
PLACE, TIME: Rebel Field, Troy, 7 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Crockett Co. 1-0 (0-0); OC 1-1 (0-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): Crockett Co.: P.A. Pratt (125-54 in 16th season); Obion Central: Shawn Jackson (14-19 in 4th season, 7-16 in 3rd season at OC).
SERIES RECORD — CC leads all-time, 7-6.
LAST WEEK — Crockett County beat Bolivar, 38-14, while Obion Central lost to Sikeston (Mo.), 42-34.
NEXT WEEK — CC plays at Dyer County on Friday, while Central plays Cape Central (Mo.) at Southeast Missouri State, Saturday at 1 p.m.
KEY PLAYERS: Crockett Co. — RBs Kyle Nance, Jonathan Jurnett and Austin Taylor, TE/LB Jesse Stroud, QB Logan Garner. Obion Central — RB LaDevin Fair, QB Trey Phipps, LB Steven Patton, OL Spenser Maloney, WRs Shawn Weaks, Mason McGrew and Tanner Cary.
OUTLOOK: Pratt, now the CC assistant superintendent, returned to the Cavalier sideline for one final season after the hiring of his replacement this spring ended up falling through for conflicting reasons. Crockett looked like many of Pratt’s previous teams in its opener, running for nearly 350 yards while throwing just twice. Nance rushed for 134 yards and Jurnett 112, while Taylor just missed the Century Club (98 yards), but did run for three TDs vs. Bolivar. The Rebels, meanwhile, were the polar opposite, throwing for 377, while rushing for just 39 yards. Phipps tossed four TD passes in all — three to McGrew — but the OC defense gave up a whopping 563 yards in all against an athletic Sikeston bunch that was ranked 8th in the Missouri 4A state preseason poll. While much of that was due to the Bulldogs’ superior athleticism, missed tackles and poor angles taken by Central defenders also contributed greatly to the Rebels’ poor showing.
Greenfield at South Fulton
PLACE, TIME: SF Athletic Field, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Greenfield 0-1 (0-0); SF 1-0 (0-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): Greenfield: Jason Rodehaver (10-21 in 4th season); South Fulton: Kelly Spivey (13-10 in 3rd season).
LAST MEETING: 2009. South Fulton won, 12-6.
LAST WEEK — South Fulton beat West Carroll, 25-8. West Carroll was idle.
NEXT WEEK — Greenfield travels to West Carroll, while SF plays at Fulton City.
SERIES RECORD — SF leads all-time, 35-25-1.
KEY PLAYERS: Greenfield — QB Dalton Potts, RB Kadeem McDonald, WR Steven Sawyers, WR Brady Medling. South Fulton — QB JaQuay Garmon, RBs J.P. Fowler and Chance Barnes, LB/RB Cody Tatum and Will Kneuppel, WR Khiry Lewis.
OUTLOOK: A huge early season 14A game if either has postseason aspirations down the line. The ’Jackets’ offensive woes of 2009 — when they never scored more than 14 points in any game — were evident again in their Week 0 opener with just a single TD put on the board against Dresden. Potts did throw for 135 yards and had G’field’s lone score with a 35-yard run. South Fulton will have more offensive weapons from which to choose, with a maturing Garmon now in his second season as a starter and coming off a two-TD pass effort against West Carroll, and both Fowler and Barnes big-play threats with the running game. The Devils had almost a perfect two-to-one mix with the run and pass and turned the ball over just one time — excellent statistics for their first outing. Nine penalties for 95 yards was a concern.
Fulton City at Murray
PLACE, TIME: Ty Holland Field, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Fulton City 0-2; Murray 2-0.
COACHES (RECORDS): Fulton City: Brad Rozzell (0-2 in 1st season); Murray: Steve Duncan (19-8 in 3rd season).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Murray pummeled Fulton, 82-6.
KEY PLAYERS: Fulton City — RB/S Rondell Bransford, WR/S Adam Hamrick, FB/LB Bubba Kirby, QB Mason Garland, OL/DL Lorinzo Ruiz. Murray — RBs Christian Duncan and Matt Deese.
OUTLOOK: Murray, which rallied from a 21-7 second half deficit to win Calloway County bragging rights and beat CC last week, scored 41 points in the first quarter alone last season when they destroyed Fulton City. Both Duncan and Deese went over the 100-yard rushing mark vs. the Lakers last Friday. The Tigers won their first 12 games last year before losing in the Kentucky 2A quarterfinals against eventual state champion Fort Campbell. The Bulldogs actually played better in their second game vs. Gleason than in a Week 0 showing against Lake County, though both were 35-point losses. Bransford rushed for 100 yards, but turnovers killed any chance FC had at pulling the upset.