There is a lot on tap in Week 5 of high school football including a big rivalry game on 10News2.
The USA Today High School Sports Game of the Week features Webb and Catholic in the Battle of the Bluff. You can see the game on cable channel 10News2.
The Spartans stomped Catholic 42-14 in last year’s meeting but expect a closer game this time. The Fighting Irish won only four games last season but are off to a 3-1 start this year including last week’s 33-10 district win over William Blount.
Webb (3-1, 1-0) is still considered the favorite, with its three wins coming by a combined score of 130-12. Catholic hasn’t beaten the Spartans since 2008, the year it went undefeated and won its only state championship.
Expect a lot of hand-offs, tosses and option runs as both schools run a variation of the Wing-T offense. The stars to look for are Webb running back Aaron Blance, safety/running back Todd Kelly Jr. and Catholic running back and reigning Offensive Player of the Week Nolan Coulter.
Coulter surpassed the 3,000 yard career rushing mark last week and has racked up over 800 yards in four games this season.
Kelly has received scholarship offers from 23 schools including eight in the SEC, according to Rivals.com.
That game is on Friday, but the high school action will start on Thursday night with four games.
Maryville takes its 33-game winning streak on the road to Oak Ridge. The Wildcats come in undefeated as well, at 4-0. Oak Ridge looked impressive the last two weeks with a 35-0 win over Halls and a 21-3 victory over a solid Powell squad.
Those Powell Panthers (4-1) will take on 1-4 Karns in District 3-AAA on Thursday.
Also in 3-AAA Thursday night action, Central will host Hardin Valley. Both teams are on the rise. Central has won two in a row after dropping its first three games, meanwhile the Hawks have run off three straight wins.
One more undefeated school rounds out the Thursday slate. South-Doyle has surprised many with its 4-0 start. The Cherokees are coming off a 20-14 upset win in overtime over Morristown West and will host Carter.
Moving back to Friday night action, Alcoa will host Greeneville in a match-up of two powerful programs.
The Greene Devils have won two straight 4A state championships. Alcoa won seven titles in a row from 2004 to 2010.
Greeneville beat an injury depleted Alcoa team 42-14 last season in the schools’ first meeting since 1967.
Another defending champion, CAK, will face a test on Friday night. The Warriors (5-0) will head to Corryton to take on Gibbs (4-1). The Eagles option attack led by quarterback Jay Cade looked strong through the first four games before falling flat at Gatlinburg-Pittman in a 42-7 loss last week.
For a full schedule of this week’s games, click here.