Tradition, state poll big on week’s slate
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
A huge night of high school football is in store for all of the county teams on Friday with the heated rivalry between Westview and Milan, two ranked teams facing off between Dresden and West Carroll, Gleason taking on the Huntingdon juggernaut and Greenfield coming off its first win to take on South Fulton.
Two District 13AA powerhouses will clash when Milan invades Graham Stadium to take on Westview. The Chargers are sitting at 2-0 in the district and are tied for the lead with Covington and South Gibson. Milan is one game back in the loss column at 2-1.
These two teams are no strangers to one another under head coach Don Coady’s tenure at Westview.
Coady, in his 22nd year at Westview, has a record of 5-15 against the Bulldogs, having lost twice to Milan last year.
Westview lost to Milan in the regular season 16-7 and in the second round of the Class 3A playoff 35-13.
But, nearly every encounter between the two schools has been close with each team having a similar style of football — run the ball, control the clock and use a smothering defense.
Coady picked up win number 175 against Ripley two weeks ago and has a career record 175-81. His counterpart at Milan has a record of 177-43. This will be the 58th time these two teams have met with the Bulldogs holding a 39-16-2 edge.
Westview beat Milan in 2010 in Milan’s last visit to Graham Stadium, 15-14. Nine of the last 15 games between the two schools have been decided by a touchdown or less with Milan winning 13 of those 15 games.
The Chargers have had an extra week to get prepared for what is sure to be a hard hitting game. Westview had an open week last week, just one week after the Chargers got their running game going with Quan Williams exploding for 230 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns against Ripley.
Westview will need Williams to run the ball well against the Bulldogs to counter the running of Arkel Coleman. The big six foot, 200-pound senior running back rushed for 195 yards against Crockett County in last week’s 44-7 win and is Milan’s primary rusher.
Dresden will be hosting its second ranked team in as many weeks against West Carroll.
Dresden is ranked second in Class 2A and WC is ranked eighth in Class 1A. Both teams are in first place in the District 13A with 2-0 records.
West Carroll is riding a five-game winning streak after losing its opening game of the season against South Gibson. The War Eagles handed Huntingdon its only defeat of the season in Week 4, 30-24, and are averaging 33.2 points per game during their winning streak.
The Lions are also riding high after posting their second consecutive win over Union City last week, 28-14. The Golden Tornadoes were ranked eighth last week before being dealt the defeat.
Fans of both schools can expect a lot of running as each has been relying heavily on the ground game this season. West Carroll can expect what every team has faced against the Lions this season — Devan Raymer. He gave Tornadoes all they wanted last week with 212 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also added a 58-yard TD pass.
The War Eagles have a tandem of running backs they can use with Jamal Glenn and Jacob Wynn as the go-to-guys.
But Dresden is no stranger when it comes to playing against teams with a power rushing game. The Lions, who are undefeated at 6-0, have beaten Westview, Union City and McKenzie. All three schools are known for being a run first, ask questions later team.
Gleason will have a chance to move up in the District 13A standings, but it will not be an easy task this week as the Bulldogs play host to Huntingdon. Gleason is 0-2 in the district and 3-2 overall. Huntingdon is 1-1 in the district and has a 5-1 record on the season.
The Bulldogs used a good mix of rushing and a stout defense in last week’s 26-7 win against South Fulton. The Bulldogs will need to use that same chemistry this week against one of the best rushing teams in northwest Tennessee.
Huntingdon’s Jacob Warbritton scored four touchdowns and rushed for 229 yards in the 28-21 win against the very tough defense of Camden last week.
The Bulldogs showed last week they are capable of running the ball, too. Gleason racked up 339 yards on 55 attempts in its win over SF. Kyle Williams had a monster game with 189 yards on 17 carries. He had TD runs of 32 and 37 yards. Ian Legens also had big run of 47 yards for a score.
The defense held SF to a mere 137 yards of total offense, 75 of that on the ground. The Bulldogs will need to duplicate that feat against the Mustangs.
Greenfield will have a chance to get back into the playoff picture and pick up its second consecutive win of the season if the Yellowjackets can get by South Fulton.
The ’Jackets got a monkey off their back last week by ending their 15-game losing streak with a thrilling 25-21 win over Bruceton. The win puts Greenfield at 1-4 on the season. The ’Jackets are 0-2 in District 14A.
Last week’s win was the first for first-year head coach Don Pitt and also for most of the players. Greenfield pounded out 179 yards rushing against the Tigers and got 308 total yards of offense.
Junior tailback Austin Pence ran the ball 22 times for 176 yards. Greenfield will have to rely on freshman quarterback John Ricketts to lead the team this week as Jeffrey Johnson was ejected from last week’s game for a personal foul penalty and will have to sit out this week’s game.
Greenfield looked into appealing the decision, showing video of the incident in question to Northwest Tennessee Officials Association supervisor Wayne McCreight.
The argument presented by athletic director Willie Trevathan and Pitt was that Johnson was on the ground trying to strip the football from the Bruceton ball-carrier on the play and not throwing a punch. The video shows several Bruceton players around but not reacting to a punch being thrown, while the Tiger running back gets up and also does not react.
Ricketts played well in relief, going 6-for-6 for 130 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He threw TD passes of 33, 36 and 38 yards.
The Red Devils are 2-4 after their loss to Gleason last week and are 0-2 in the district. Published in The WCP 9.27.12