Week 2 Gameday Capsules

Week 2 Gameday Capsules

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Week 2 Gameday Capsules

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No. 5 (6A) Siegel (2-0) at Blackman (2-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m., The Inferno.

Online: MTSNOnline.com.

Last meeting: Siegel defeated Blackman 37-34 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Siegel: RB Denzel Harding (93.5 rushing ypg, 6 TDs), WR/DB Tae Martin (88.5 receiving ypg, 3 total TDs), LB Deionte Ewing, QB Brent Stockstill (288 passing ypg, 2 TDs), RB Andre Knox (55 rushing ypg, 1 TD). Blackman: FB/LB Antonio Allen (45 rushing ypg, 1 TD), RB Cole Notgrass (71 rushing ypg, 2 TDs), WR/DE Quindell Cousin (45.5 receiving ypg, 1 TD), WR Chris Lilly (34.5 receiving ypg), LB Neal Lyttle.

Keys to the game: Blackman’s defense, which is giving up 128 yards a game, faces its biggest challenge in Siegel’s high octane offense (465 ypg). The best remedy may be for Blackman to grind out yards and clock when on offense. Siegel’s quick-pace tempo may give the Blaze fits. Pearl-Cohn’s uptempo offense did at times a week ago.

Oakland (1-1) at La Vergne (0-2)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Freedom Field

Radio: WGNS (1450-AM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM)

Last meeting: Oakland defeated La Vergne 28-0 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Oakland: QB/FS Emmanuel Smith (50 rushing ypg, 82 passing ypg, 15 tackles), RB/NG Travon Willis (121.5 rushing ypg, 6 TDs, 2 sacks), WR/FS Tyler Black (23.5 receiving ypg, 1 TD, 12 tackles), LB Kevin Prather (8 tackles), DE Devonte Johnson (9 tackles). La Vergne: RB Daryl James (66 rushing ypg, 1 TD), RB Willie Cowan (44.5 rushing ypg), QB C.J. Fore (89.5 passing ypg, 1 TD, 4 INTs), WR/CB Howard Greer, WR/CB Antonio Cowart.

Keys to the game: La Vergne must play a complete game. The Wolverines have led at halftime in their first two games, only to lose. Oakland should be able to have success against the run. The Wolverines are giving up 294 yards a game on the ground.

No. 2 (6A) Riverdale (2-0) at Smyrna (0-2)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Robert L. Raikes Stadium

Last meeting: Riverdale defeated Smyrna 21-14 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Riverdale: WB/S Mariko Odom (166 rushing ypg 58 receiving ypg, 5 total TDs, 5 tackles, 1 INT), QB Dillon Woodruff (72.5 passing ypg, 3 rushing TDs), FB/LB Scottie Boykin (44 rushing ypg, 2 TDs, 27 tackles), LB Brandon Stewart (18 tackles, 1 INT), FB/LB Peyton Phillips (45.5 rushing ypg, 17 tackles). Smyrna: RB Ladarius Summers (38 rushing ypg), QB Matt Rodell (39.5 passing ypg, 1 INT), WR Xavier Kynard (26.5 receiving ypg), TE Daniel Boone (30.5 receiving ypg).

Keys to the game: Smyrna must play error-free football. The Bulldogs enter with one turnover (an interception). They must continue that trend and take advantage of red zone opportunities. Riverdale can’t overlook the Bulldogs. The Warriors must take the game as a way to improve and run the offense the way they did last week against Ballard.

MTCS (0-2) at No. 5 (2A) Cascade (2-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m. The Stable

Last meeting: Cascade defeated MTCS 55-7 in 2011.

Key players to watch: MTCS: QB Brent Hofbauer, WR Justin Winn (91 yards receiving in Week 1), WR Oakley Starling (51 yards receiving in Week 1), RB Tanner Green (39 rushing yards in Week 1). Cascade: RB Creed Rose (188 rushing ypg), LB Tristan Solomon, LB Dakota Vaught, LB Jesse Barnes.

Keys to the game: MTCS will have to score early on the Champions, which have big wins over Mt. Pleasant and Jo Byrns. The Cougars played three solid quarters last week against Ezell-Harding. It will have to play its best game to beat the Champions.

DeKalb Co. (2-0) at Cannon Co. (0-2)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Fred Schwartz Field

Radio: WBRY (96.7-FM, 1540-AM)

Last meeting: DeKalb County defeated Cannon County 56-6 in 2011.

Key players to watch: DeKalb Co.: QB Lucas Phillips (173 passing ypg, 8 TDs, 0 INTs, 59 rushing ypg), RB Chris Chapman (54 rushing ypg), WR Cody Puckett (51 receiving ypg). Cannon Co.: QB Cody Petro, WR Justin Tobin, WR A.J. Daniel, RB Hawk Love.

Keys to the game: Cannon County has to find a way to score to have an opportunity to win. That sounds simple, but DeKalb has outscored its first two opponents 115-0 this season. The Tigers have scored early and often this season, so look for plenty of points to go on the scoreboard unles the defense can pressure Phillips, who is a dual-threat at quarterback.

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