Challenges await county trio
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:03 pm
One won’t even play at all.
Still, it’s a weekend of big matchups as Dresden travels to Union City, Gleason hosts South Fulton and Greenfield visits Bruceton on Friday night.
Westview is off this week, taking the extra week to prepare for a showdown with Milan next weekend.
Dresden is looking to be at or near full strength when it takes its No. 7 state ranking in the Class 2A poll to War Memorial Stadium to face a Golden Tornado team that has struggled through the first half of the season.
Union City is 2-3, with all three losses coming against state-ranked opponents (Obion Central, Wayne County and Huntingdon).
The Twisters are likely feeling good, though, following last week’s 42-13 win over Greenfield.
UC has plenty of weapons in its offensive arsenal, led by running backs Keylon Hyde and Khiry Lewis.
Hyde is a bruising runner who has already carried the football 111 times for 589 yards. He’s also the team’s second-best tackler with 26 stops, including four behind the line of scrimmage.
Lewis, meanwhile, is a speedster with good moves who has added a big-play threat to Union City’s ground-oriented attack. In just 31 rushing attempts, Lewis has 387 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He is also the leading receiver in the team’s afterthought of a passing game with five catches for 62 yards and two more scores, giving him 72 points — all since being given his chance to shine against Halls just three games ago.
Tymaine Strickland, just a sophomore, leads the Tornadoes with 35 tackles. Able to move around to several positions during a game, he is becoming a capable stopper on that side of the ball, which has been spotty at best with 136 points allowed in the team’s three losses.
Gleason will be looking for a quality Class 1A win at Parks-Edwards Field when South Fulton brings a two-game winning streak into a showdown of teams needing every win possible in hopes of earning a playoff bid at the end of the season.
After three losses to open the season, the Red Devils have won their last two games.
J.P. Fowler has been a main reason for the turnaround as he has taken advantage of an offense that has been tweaked to feature him more.
Fowler has 461 yards and nine TDs on 55 rushing attempts and 249 yards and another score on 13 catches.
Cody Tatum is a load to bring down and has added 297 yards and six scores on 51 rushing attempts, while Harrison Hawks has been an instant impact player since being added to the roster in recent weeks, evidenced by 146 yards and a score on five catches.
The return of some players from injuries has really been seen on the defensive side.
Ryan Moore has moved back to linebacker after an early season stint in the secondary and now leads the tam with 36 tackles. Fowler, meanwhile, has made five stops behind the line and recovered a fumble.
Greenfield is probably glad its game this week is listed as “away” as Bruceton is undefeated (2-0) when it travels but winless (0-3) when it stays home.
Both teams are currently at the bottom of their respective district standings, Bruceton in 13A and Greenfield in 14A, with 0-2 records.
Published in The WCP 9.22.11