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Westview takes aim at Milan’s rank

Westview takes aim at Milan’s rank

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:02 pm

Milan is looking for revenge. Westview wants take No. 1 down a few notches.
The stage is set for a battle of two West Tennessee powerhouses when the Chargers travel to Milan to face Class 3A’s top-ranked Bulldogs at historic Johnnie Hale Stadium on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
It will be the feature attraction of the four Weakley County games, but it is not the only good matchup on the schedule.
The slate will see local teams on both sides of the state rankings in two other games as Dresden, ranked sixth in the latest 2A poll, will travel to West Carroll, while Gleason will visit the state’s No. 4 Class 1A team with a trip to Huntingdon.
A good matchup is expected in the lone game to be played within the county’s borders as long-time rivals South Fulton and Greenfield square off at the Yellowjackets’ home
At Milan, the Bulldogs are off to a 5-0 start that includes two wins in district play.
And, if defending its top spot is not enough motivation for Milan, then the prospect of revenge should be.
A year ago, the Chargers posted a 15-14 win over Milan, handing the ’Dogs their only regular season loss since 2008, and went on to claim the District 13AA title.
In Milan, the Chargers will see an all-around strong team. The Bulldogs average 41 points per game while giving up only 10.
The ’Dogs rush for 225 yards per game, led by Kevius Finch with 314 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Milan has an efficient, if not prominent, passing game as well. Caleb Powell has completed 27-of-50 passes for 463 yards and four TDs. Taran Coleman is Powell’s favorite target with 132 yards and two of the scores.
Defensively, Arkel Coleman has 40 tackles, including five for a loss and two sacks, to lead a defense that has allowed just 13 points in the first half this season.
Paul Ward Stadium in Huntingdon will see two teams seemingly headed in opposite directions, based on last week’s play.
The Mustangs ran their record to 6-0 with a solid 28-13 win over Camden, while the Bulldogs were unable to stop South Fulton’s running game in a 35-6 loss at home to the Red Devils.
The teams are also on opposite ends of the District 13A standings with Huntingdon at the top with a 2-0 record and Gleason at the bottom at 0-2.
 Huntingdon solidified its spot among the area’s elite teams with last week’s win, coming against a Camden team that entered ranked ninth in Class 3A.
The Ponies held Camden to just 166 total yards while churning up the Lions’ defense for 374 yards.
Tyler Warbritton led the way for Huntingdon with 105 yards on just 19 carries.
West Carroll will host a game that will have playoff implications when Dresden visits for a District 13A game.
Both teams are sitting at 1-1 in the league, and Dresden can’t afford another loss as one of only two 2A teams in the district.
West Carroll has shown an ability to keep the ball on extended touchdown drives this season, doing so again in last week’s 33-7 win over Gibson County.
Jamal Glenn rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more. As a team, West Carroll rushed for 285 total yards.
Greenfield comes into its game with South Fulton feeling more confident despite falling to 0-5 on the season, thanks to a much-improved effort in last week’s 18-13 loss to Bruceton.
Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets, SF is bursting with its own confidence thanks to its three-game winning streak.
The Red Devils have played their way into playoff contention and, at 1-1 in District 14A, can take another step in that direction Friday night.
SF will bring in a physical running game that features the one-two punch of J.P. Fowler and Cody Tatum.
Fowler has 534 yards and 10 TDs on 76 carries, while Tatum has rushed for 401 yards and nine scores on 71 tries.
The passing game is feeding off that ground success as quarterback JaQuay Garmon has completed 30-of-64 passes for 549 yards and three TDs.
Ryan Moore’s presence in the lineup has stabilized the defense as he leads the team with 38 tackles. Published in The WCP 9.29.11

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