Prep Football: 5 things we know entering Week 2

Prep Football: 5 things we know entering Week 2

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Prep Football: 5 things we know entering Week 2

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Through the first two weeks of the high school regular season, four area teams are 2-0 and three area teams have yet to find the win column.

Here are five things we know entering Week 2’s action.

1. Oakland, Smyrna, Blackman leading 7-AAA

Most prognosticators predicted the Patriots and Blaze would be 2-0 through two games. Their presence atop the district standings isn’t a surprise.

The Bulldogs of Smyrna didn’t have the same excitement surrounding their team entering 2013 but coach Matt Williams’ squad hasn’t let the lack of hype affect them.

A rout of La Vergne followed by a 14-point win against Cane Ridge sets up a road game at Antioch Friday night and with a victory, Smyrna would improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2010.

2. Riverdale faces potential 0-3 start

For the first time since 1989, the Warriors are winless through two games. And things don’t get any easier.

Riverdale travels to 7-AAA rival Blackman (2-0 overall, 1-0 in 7-AAA) on Friday night. It will be the Blaze’s home opener.

Blackman enters the contest averaging 40 points per game. Riverdale has allowed 40 points per game in its first two losses.

The Warriors will enter the contest as heavy underdogs and could fall to 0-3 for the first time since 1987. The only other time Riverdale has started a season 0-3 was in 1972, which was the school’s first season of football.

3. MTCS undefeated, unscored upon

After suffering through a winless season in 2012, the Cougars have opened this season in a totally different fashion.

Not only has MTCS crushed its first two opponents by an average of 34 points per game, the veteran team hasn’t allowed a point on defense.

The Cougars are one of three teams in District 9-A that are off to 2-0 starts (Moore County, Eagleville).

4. Eagleville off to quick start

Eagleville has equaled MTCS’ start and the Eagles have done it in almost as impressive fashion, despite allowing a few scores along the way.

The Eagles beat a consensus playoff team in Mt. Pleasant in Week 0 and jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead against Watertown on Friday.

They’ll be favored again Friday night on the road against Huntland with a chance to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2011 when they finished the regular season undefeated.

5. Cannon County winless, yet to score

The Lions have been shut out twice in their first two games and haven’t been close to competing in either contest.

Cannon County is allowing 34.5 points per game and the two shutouts to open the season are the team’s sixth and seventh scoreless contests since the start of 2011.

The good for the Lions? They have an open week, giving them extra time to prepare for Red Boiling Springs (1-1) on Sept. 13.

Cannon County is now in the midst of a 22-game losing streak and has lost 31 of its past 32 games dating to the start of the 2010 season.

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