RHEA COUNTY GOLDEN EAGLES (7-0, 2-0) at SODDY-DAISY TROJANS (3-4, 1-0)
Soddy-Daisy has received the previous two Area 4-5A championships and helped lock final yr’s title down with a 14-7 victory at Rhea County through which Hayden Maynor had 22 tackles and 205 whole yards of offense. Coach Mark Pemberton’s group has had an additional week of observe to organize for the Trojans this time after taking a COVID-19 forfeit victory over Crimson Financial institution. Jayden Goodwin helped a struggling offense get going two weeks in the past in a win over Ooltewah with a diving reception on a deep throw to the tip zone, and senior Dalton Hampton helped shut out the win with a breakaway run. The Golden Eagles have a standout LB duo with Austin Brackett (4 sacks) and Drew Fisher (61 tackles, six for loss), whereas Jadden Pankey has 5 of Rhea’s 13 interceptions this season. Soddy-Daisy QB Isaac Barnes was on the cash final week within the first half towards Sign Mountain, connecting with Landon Maynor and Logan Ricketts for large performs. The Trojans will look to defensive stars Jonah Gipson and Landon Lewis to make large stops towards Rhea’s regular wing-T assault.
WALKER VALLEY MUSTANGS (4-2) at EAST HAMILTON HURRICANES (6-1)
This nonregion matchup will characteristic two of the highest QBs within the space. Tucker Pope has accounted for 22 touchdowns (14 passing, eight speeding) for the Class 5A Mustangs, and the East Hamilton secondary will likely be challenged by sure-handed speedster Brody Swafford, who has 582 receiving yards and eight landing grabs this yr. Class 4A’s fifth-ranked Hurricanes have outscored the opposition by a mean of 41-14 in 2019, and Haynes Eller has accomplished 83 of 129 passes for 1,170 yards, 12 touchdowns and nil interceptions in six begins. Playmakers abound for coach Grant Reynolds, together with junior Jeremiah Flemmons, who has scored a complete of eight touchdowns previously three video games. Walker Valley’s protection will likely be challenged in large methods making an attempt to cease an assault that additionally options its personal gifted playmakers, together with bruising RB Juandrick Bullard and standout WRs Kaunyae Burgans and Blaine Savage.
McMINN COUNTY CHEROKESS (7-0, 2-0) at CLEVELAND BLUE RAIDERS (3-4, 1-1)
With one of many state’s high offensive strains opening holes for him, McMinn County’s Jalen Hunt has run away from defenses for 1,372 yards on 117 rushes (11.7 per carry) and 16 touchdowns with the regular-season stretch run remaining. Hunt’s online game numbers embody landing runs of 86 and 97 yards. The Western Carolina-committed senior has rushed for 4,548 yards and 46 touchdowns in his highschool profession, and he has additionally picked off eight passes on protection. Nevertheless, opposing groups can’t key on Hunt alone; sophomore quarterback Jayden Miller has been implausible for Class 6A’s fourth-ranked group. Miller has thrown for 579 yards with 9 touchdowns and an interception, and he has carried the ball 59 occasions for 588 yards and 9 scores. The Cherokees have allowed solely 59 factors as Jalan James (4 interceptions, three landing catches) and Jaryd Gable have mixed for 16 tackles for loss. Cleveland is coming off back-to-back losses to rival Bradley Central and Shelbyville through which the Blue Raiders gave up a mixed 92 factors.
ROCKMART YELLOW JACKETS (3-1, 2-0) at NORTH MURRAY MOUNTAINEERS (2-1, 2-0)
The preseason favourite visits the reigning champion on this GHSA Area 6-AAA showdown in Chatsworth. Rockmart, new to the league this yr as the results of reclassification and realignment, did nothing to decrease its standing as the favourite in a 68-7 dismantling of Sonoraville two weeks in the past to open area play. One of many state’s greatest athletes, Javin Whatley, is the beginning QB for the Jackets; he has simply lower than 800 whole yards and 7 whole touchdowns with the common season not but half over. Three Rockmart RBs have greater than 100 yards, and WR Dennis Sims is a big-play menace with 207 yards on simply six receptions. North Murray can be coming off a win towards Sonoraville, 40-20 final week on the highway and within the rain, and is beginning to cook dinner offensively behind sophomore QB Seth Griffin, who had 5 whole touchdowns (three runs) towards the Phoenix. Senior D’Ante Tidwell had greater than 200 whole yards and Cade Petty added 123. Nonetheless, Mountaineers coach Preston Poag’s group should make a number of defensive stops to maintain this one tight.
RINGGOLD TIGERS (3-2, 2-1) at ADAIRSVILLE TIGERS (3-1, 2-0)
This intriguing Area 6-AAA recreation could have large playoff implications and options two offenses actually beginning to click on. Ringgold has maybe the highest floor recreation in 6-AAA, led by Kori Dumas, who’s coming off a 131-yard, four-touchdown efficiency in a 34-13 win over Murray County and now has 15 scores this season. Peyton Williams and Malachi Hill are additionally operating threats, and sophomore QB Mason Parker has confirmed to be an issue operating and passing. Adairsville does its greatest work within the second half, confirmed once more by final week’s 43-14 win over LaFayette in a recreation that was tied at 14 at intermission. Coach Eric Bishop’s group has developed a style for the massive play, too. Courtney Slocum has averaged a whopping 41 yards on runs and 31 on receptions with seven touchdowns, whereas Chris Roper has 209 yards and a pair of scores on 10 catches. The group’s largest star, nevertheless, is LB Tokyo Gordon, who had 16 tackles, a pressured fumble and an interception final week.
GORDON LEE TROJANS (5-0, 0-0) at BOWDON RED DEVILS (2-3, 1-0)
Is that this the week the Trojans get examined? Coach Josh Groce’s group has averaged 44 factors a recreation, however the Crimson Devils have performed a a lot harder schedule, together with losses to Class AA powers Temple, Haralson County and rival Bremen, plus a win over Class AAAAAA’s Heritage of Conyers. Bowdon bought again in its weight class final week and pounded Trion 42-20 as star RB Gage Stephens had three landing runs. Gordon Lee, although, has but to discover a protection it could not run by, round or over. Cade Peterson, coming off a 170-yard, two-touchdown effort on simply seven carries in a 48-0 win over Southeast Whitfield final week, has 554 yards and 12 scores, whereas sophomore Bo Rhudy has 528 yards and 7 touchdowns. The winner has the early higher hand in Area 6-A public.
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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
All occasions Jap; kickoff 7:30 p.m. until famous
Bradley Central at William Blount
Christian Academy of Knoxville at Boyd Buchanan
Central at Anderson County
East Ridge at Sequoyah
Grace Academy at Lakeway Christian
Hixson at Howard
Knoxville Webb at Silverdale Baptist
Lookout Valley at Sale Creek
McCallie at Father Ryan
McMinn County at Cleveland
North Georgia Falcons at Copper Basin
Notre Dame at Chattanooga Christian
Oneida at Meigs County
Ooltewah at Maryville
Polk County at Bledsoe County, 8
Rhea County at Soddy-Daisy
Sequatchie County at York, 8
Sign Mountain at McMinn Central
South Pittsburg at Whitwell, 8
Tellico Plains at Marion County, 8
Upperman at Grundy County, 8
Walker Valley at East Hamilton
Calhoun at Hiram
Gordon Lee at Bowdon
Heritage at Ridgeland
Murray County at Coahulla Creek
Northwest Whitfield at Central-Carroll
Ringgold at Adairsville
Rockmart at North Murray
Rome at Dalton
Sonoraville at Lakeview-F.O.
Trion at Southeast Whitfield