Tough foes set to visit Weakley foursome
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 12:00 pm
Two teams won, two teams did not in last week’s high school football action.
Dresden and Gleason were the victors, while Westview and Greenfield went down in defeat.
Dresden remained undefeated with a 4-0 record by beating Stewart County 35-7, and Gleason had little trouble with Halls in its 27-6 win.
Dresden also moved up two spots in this week’s ranking in Class 2A. The Lions are now ranked No. 3 in the state.
The Chargers lost to Camden 33-13, and the Yellowjackets dropped their 14th consecutive game, this time to West Carroll 32-7.
All four are back in action Friday night, all at home, as Dresden brings in Bruceton, Westview plays Ripley, Gleason has McKenzie up next and Greenfield hosts Union City.
The Lions’ running game pounded out 283 yards against Stewart County last week with six running backs carrying the ball. Dresden’s defense came on strong and only allowed the Rebels to gain 63 total yards.
That does not bode well for Bruceton.
The Tigers are 1-3 on the season after winning their first game last week against a weaker Scotts Hill team 34-6.
The Tigers have only scored an average of 12 point per game.
In order for Dresden to come out with a win, they must do two things — continue to run the ball successfully and not overlook Bruceton in anticipation for the showdown on Sept. 21 against Union City.
The 2-1 Bulldogs will be facing a McKenzie (0-3) team that will be hungry for its first win of the season.
This will be the third Weakley County team the Rebels will be facing, losing to Westview 26-7 and to Dresden 35-14.
It will not be an easy task for the Bulldogs as the Rebels have been a thorn in their side. Gleason has lost 17 consecutive games to McKenzie. The last win was in the 1987 season, 14-13.
The Bulldogs lost last season in a close game at McKenzie by a final score of 19-13.
Westview was without its head coach on the sidelines last week because of a case of pneumonia.
But not having Don Coady there was not the only problem for the Chargers.
The Charger defense gave up 227 passing yards, 329 total yards and too many big plays. It is not known if Coady will back on the sidelines guiding the Chargers on Friday night.
The highly talented Lions kept the Chargers from executing a game plan that worked so well for them in the two wins last season. Camden kept Westview under 100 yards rushing and only allowed the Chargers a total of 204 offensive yards for the game.
The Chargers did not turn the ball over last week and were only penalized four times.
Ty Brown had a good game with three receptions for 60 yards, including a 26-yard reception for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Signal-caller Matt Castleman threw his first career touchdown pass in last week’s game for the Chargers.
Westview may need some big plays from its wide receivers this week. The Chargers will be facing a Ripley (2-2) team at home that has lost two in a row, but the Tigers are still scoring an average of 32 points a game.
Opponents are only scoring an average of 16 points per game.
Westview must do what it does well to come out with a win and that is run the ball well and control the clock to keep the speedy and athletic Tigers’ offense off the field.
This marks just the eighth meeting between the two District 13AA rivals, Westview with wins in five of the previous seven showdowns.
Carey Craig is in his first season as Ripley’s head coach.
Greenfield (0-3) is still searching for its first win under first-year head coach Don Pitt.
The Yellowjackets could not stop the War Eagles of West Carroll last week, and they will be facing a Union City team at home that just lost its No. 2 ranking in Class 1A after being defeated by Huntingdon.
The Golden Tornadoes (3-1) are one of the most talented teams in northwest Tennessee and the ’Jackets must play flawless football if they want to end their long losing streak.
The young defense will have to step up and control the line of scrimmage to stop the Tornadoes’ strong rushing attack led by senior running back Keylon Hyde.
Hyde currently leads all Obion County ball-carriers with 385 yards and seven touchdowns on 64 attempts, right at six yards-per-carry.
The run-oriented midline/veer attack that UC employs covers 330.8 yards per game, and the Twisters are averaging 40 points through four games.
Jeffery Johnson will have to play his best game of the season if the ’Jackets are to move the ball down the field against UC. Huntingdon signal-caller Jacob Warbritton accounted for 316 of the Mustangs’ 364 yards last week against the Twisters. Published in The WCP 9.13.12