|Greenfield at Union City |
PLACE, TIME: War Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Greenfield 2-3 (1-0); UC 2-3 (0-1).
COACHES (RECORDS): Greenfield: Jason Rodehaver (12-23 in 4th season); Union City: Darren Bowling (131-69 in 17th season; 24-7 in 3rd year at UC).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Union City won, 31-0.
SERIES RECORD — Union City leads all-time, 7-0-1.
LAST WEEK — Greenfield lost to Bruceton, 31-7, while Union City lost to Trinity Christian, 21-15.
NEXT WEEK — Greenfield plays at Gleason, while Union City visits Humboldt.
KEY PLAYERS: Greenfield — QB/DB Dalton Potts, WB/LB Kadeem McDonald, WR/RB Steven Sawyers, WR Brady Medling . Union City — QB Chase Bowling, RB/LB Keylon Hyde, LB Brett Gore, OL/DL Joseph Shanks, WR/DB Travis Rutland, Slot Deandrez Williams.
OUTLOOK: Having suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his brief two-and-a-half tenure at UCHS, Bowling and the Tornadoes hope to begin the healing process and start a second-half run that will net them a chance at defending their Class 1A state title. Likely, Union City will qualify for the playoffs with wins in four of its last five games — all District 14A contests — and can even win its third straight league crown by sweeping its final five outings. UC did fall out of the state rankings for the first time in a 19-week span over the last three years by dropping below .500 with last week’s loss to TCA. The Tornadoes’ homecoming opponent, Greenfield, appears made-to-order for the locals. The ’Jackets were pummeled 45-0 two weeks ago by Trenton and then were stunned by a one-win Bruceton team 31-7 in a surprising verdict last Friday. Potts, who was solid in leading G’field to a 2-1 start, has thrown six interceptions over the past two weeks. And the Greenfield defense, thought to be a strength coming into the year, has given up more than 300 yards rushing in each of its last two games — three 100-yard runners included.
Obion Central at Covington
PLACE, TIME: Covington Athletic Field, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Obion Central 2-3 (0-1); Covington 3-3 (1-1).
COACHES (RECORDS): Obion Central: Shawn Jackson (15-21 in 4th season, 7-18 in 3rd season at OC); Covington: Marty Wheeler (19-28 in 5th season; 5-11 in 3rd year at Covington).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Obion Central won, 32-6.
SERIES RECORD — Covington leads all-time, 15-6.
LAST WEEK — Obion Central was idle, while Covington edged Jackson South Side, 14-12.
NEXT WEEK — Obion Central plays at Dyersburg, while Covington hosts Haywood.
KEY PLAYERS: Obion Central — RB LaDevin Fair, QB Trey Phipps, LBs Steven Patton and Joe Ferguson, OL Spenser Maloney, WRs Mason McGrew and Tanner Cary. Covington — RB Carlos Williams, QB Britt Dunn, OT/LB Martavian Adams, C Walt Downing.
OUTLOOK: Essentially, the playoffs start here for the Rebels, who likely need a 4-1 finish similar to last season to qualify for a return postseason trip. Jackson has preached long and loud that beating rival Union City two weeks ago shouldn’t be viewed as “the Super Bowl” for his troops and insists he got his team’s attention with a spirited week of practice in an open date. The Rebels have won only once — in 1994 — on the Chargers’ turf, but did beat Covington in 2005 when it was ranked No. 1 in the state and in 2003 when the Chargers had not lost a district game in six years. This year’s Charger squad has already eclipsed last year’s win total (2) while relying on a variety of promising, but inexperienced, players. Williams has star qualities, but is just a sophomore and started last season vs. OC as a freshman. The Rebels had good balance between the run and pass in beating Union City but, more importantly, played stellar defense in the second half while shutting out the potent Tornado ground game. A season-low four penalties and no turnovers were also huge in the victory.
Halls at South Fulton
PLACE, TIME: SF Athletic Field, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Halls 2-3 (0-1); South Fulton 3-2 (0-1).
COACHES (RECORDS): Halls: Chris Hurt (16-42 in 6th season); South Fulton: Kelly Spivey (15-12 in 3rd season).
LAST MEETING: 2009. SF won, 43-28.
SERIES RECORD — Halls leads all-time, 20-13.
LAST WEEK — Halls lost to Dresden, 40-13, while South Fulton beat Gleason 26-12.
NEXT WEEK — Halls hosts Trenton, while South Fulton plays at Lake County.
KEY PLAYERS: Halls — RB/WR Emmitt Henning, OT/LB Bob Gillon OL/DL Cody Davis. South Fulton — QB JaQuay Garmon, RBs J.P. Fowler and Chance Barnes, LB/RB Cody Tatum and Will Kneuppel, WR Khiry Lewis.
OUTLOOK: The Red Devils need every win they can get to make it back to the playoffs, and a game against a young Tiger squad appears to fit nicely in that category. Halls, which starts a handful of freshmen, has been outscored 125-39 in three consecutive losses after opening the year with back-to-back wins. The only common opponent between the two squads is Gleason — Halls having lost to the Bulldogs, 33-19, while SF beat Gleason by two touchdowns last week. The Devils’ running back-by-committee approach splits carries between Fowler and Barnes and the two fullbacks (Tatum and Kneuppel), but a better effort is needed from the receiving corps for true balance as Garmon has had a number of long passes dropped that would’ve certainly enhanced his numbers. South Fulton likely needs at least five victories to qualify for the postseason, but its schedule gets much tougher after tonight.
Mayfield at Fulton City
PLACE, TIME: Memorial Field, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Mayfield 6-0 (1-0); Fulton 0-6 (0-1).
COACHES (RECORDS): Mayfield: Joe Morris (121-40 in 12th season); Fulton City: Brad Rozzell (0-6 in 1st season).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Mayfield won, 49-0.
LAST WEEK — Mayfield slaughtered Fulton County, 75-6, while Fulton City lost to Ballard Memorial, 47-6.
KEY PLAYERS: Mayfield — QB Luke Guhy, RB Decole Noonan, WR/SS Javarious Richardson. Fulton City — RB/S Rondell Bransford, WR/S Adam Hamrick, QB/LB Bubba Kirby, OL/DL Lorinzo Ruiz.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs will certainly play the role of David vs. Goliath in a battle against Kentucky’s No. 1-ranked Class 1A team. And Fulton City won’t have all its rocks. Bransford, essentially the only true offensive threat for the Big Blue to date, suffered a knee injury and had to leave last week’s game against Ballard, while quarterback Mason Garland received a concussion and was forced from the contest. The playing status for Bransford is a game-time decision. Rozzell said Garland will sit out at least this week with Kirby as his replacement. A Bulldog defense, meanwhile, is bracing for a Mayfield attack that hung 75 on Fulton County last week while playing its first team just the first quarter and freshmen in the second half.