Westview, ’Jackets face tough tests
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
It is already Week 7 in the 2012 high school football season, and this week’s schedule offers big tests for two Weakley County teams while the other two have a somewhat softer week.
Westview dropped out of a tie for the top spot in the District 13AA standings last week after the loss to Milan. But, the Chargers can remain near the top with a win Friday night at Dyersburg.
Dresden, ranked No. 2 and Class 2A, will have a somewhat easier game on the road than the Chargers, traveling to 2-4 Riverside out of District 15A.
Greenfield will try to bounce back from last week’s tough loss to South Fulton, but the Yellowjackets will have to do it at Humboldt.
Gleason will be celebrating its homecoming Friday.
Westview will be facing a tough defensive team for the second consecutive week on Friday night when the Chargers travel to Dyersburg. The Trojans are 5-1 overall and tied with Westview in the district at 2-1. Westview is 3-3 on the season, those three losses coming against some of the toughest teams in West Tennessee.
Westview made some costly mistakes and gave up too many big plays last week against Milan and can’t afford to do that for a second week in a row. The Chargers lost to the Trojans last year 14-0.
Dyersburg beat Crockett County last week 27-7 and has allowed only nine points per game. The Chargers can’t afford to overlook Dyersburg’s offense, either. Although the Trojans are averaging just over 13 ppg, they do have some big-play capabilities.
Dyersburg had touchdown runs last week of 34, 36, and 91 yards. Oshawn Smith had TD runs of 34 and 91 yards. Montavious Lagrone scored three times for the Trojans, including the one from 36 yards out.
Westview’s only scores last week came on a pair of Cal Bradshaw field goals. Westview still got 217 yards of offense against the vaunted Milan defense. The Chargers will need better run production against the Trojans out of Quan Williams and Co.
Matt Castleman completed 50 percent of his passes last week for 101 yards, but he was picked off twice, leading to points by the Milan offense
The undefeated Lions will be looking to remain that way this week when they take on the Panthers.
The Lions are coming off their second big win in as many weeks after they defeated two Class 1A state-ranked teams. The Lions defeated Union City 28-14 two weeks ago and beat West Carroll 13-7 last week in a defensive battle to take control of District 13A.
The Lions will be counting on their defense to set up the offense and their potent running attack led by Devan Raymer.
Raymer is not the only running back who can put up big numbers. Torres Washington, Joey Caldwell and Colter Swafford can all run the ball effectively and bust through for big gains at any time. Washington broke through for a 30-yarder last week and Caldwell had a 22-yard run.
The Panthers are coming off their second win of the season last week after beating Scotts Hill 35-7. Riverside racked up 402 yards of offense with Jordan Goff scoring three times. Goff also had a defensive score with a 69-yard interception in the first quarter.
Greenfield will attempt to pick up its second win of the season on the road at Humboldt.
The ’Jacket defense will have to contend with a double set of Humboldt tailbacks who can wear down almost any defense. Nick McLilly has rushed for over 1,300 yards in six games and is averaging 10.5 yards with each carry. He has also scored 11 TDs this season.
Chris Williams is the other tailback Greenfield will have to contain. Last week in Humbolt’s 29-14 win over Halls, Williams carried the ball 13 times for 101 yards and scored the game-changing TD just before the half.
Gleason’s defense may be feasting on its homecoming opponent this week. The hapless Bulldogs of Fulton City have been shut out in four games. The only points FC has scored came against Lake County two weeks ago, a game the Falcons won 52-12.
This is also a prime time for Noah Lampkins to get his offense rolling. Fulton City has given up over 41 ppg this season.
Running backs Will Clark, Kyle Williams, Ian Legens and Chris Copeland should have very productive games against FC. Quarterback Tanner Trevathan should see ample opportunities to get the ball out to Austin Perry, Ethan Terrell and Dylan Reynolds.
Fulton City can also expect to see Blake Taylor get in on the act with his athleticism. Published in The WCP 10.4.12