Prep Football Capsules for Week 8, 2012
No. 1 ALCOA at STONE MEMORIAL
96.7 FM (Mark Payne, Robbie Lotz, Keith Stephens and Chad Bailey)
Alcoa dominated at home, 51-0
TORNADOES (6-1, 3-0): Alcoa’s stretch run has two big games ahead but the Tornadoes can’t get caught looking ahead. Stone is coming off a 42-21 win over rival and much larger Cumberland County and is hungry for the first district win. The T’s have been on balance with the pass or run and the second group has gotten plenty of work the last few weeks with the win over Kingston and the bye. Alcoa’s shutout streak is 12 quarters long and 147-0 since Austin east scored on the reserves over a month ago.
STONE COLD (2-5, 0-3): It’s a basketball rivalry but even Kentucky has shown it can sneak up on Tennessee so there is no gimme on the Plateau. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and 6:30 Central.
WILLIAM BLOUNT at No. 3 LENOIR CITY
The Govs won for the third time in four games with a dramatic 34-27 victory over the Panthers.
GOVS (2-5, 1-3): Coming off the bye week WB is looking for momentum before meeting Maryville. This is the last meeting with an opponent the Govs downed in 2011 and it would be a real morale booster to knock off the Panthers down in the LC.
THE LC (6-1, 3-1): Lenoir City is coming off a dramatic 42-27 win over Knox West as Jordan Hall highlighted his ability to run and throw and the special team returns proved decisive for the Panthers. Jordan Willis and Lucas Hamilton are prime players in an offense finding its stride.
No. 9 BEARDEN at HERITAGE
The Bulldogs squeaked out a 21-7 win in West Knoxville.
BULLDOGS (6-1, 3-1): It’s hard enough to get a team back up after a rivalry game and when it goes to triple overtime, that’s an adrenaline rush that can create a serious let down when you’re opponent is winless.
HERITAGE (0-7, 0-4): The Mountaineers are coming off a much needed week of rest after the Dirty 30 have played a lot of football going both ways more than anyone would like. There’s been no quit under coach Hammontree and this may be the chance for the Bledsoe boys and company to make something happen and put a signature mark on a tough season.
TRICITIES CHRISTIAN at No. 4 GREENBACK
The ‘Kees are rolling again after a tough loss to Grace. Richard Seymour carried the team over Rockwood with 200-plus yards, four scores and a TDT Player of the Week nod. Greenback already did its homecoming thing but this will be a bonfire type opportunity as TriCities fills the hole left when Knox Christian discontinued football. This may be a chance for kicker Braxton Fox to get some serious work and try to catch up statistically with the impressive kicking statistical mark his twin sister, Masey, made the first five games of the season.
No. 11 SOUTH-DOYLE at SEYMOUR
96.3 FM (Chuck Jones, Randy Dixon, Bryan Joslyn)
LAST TIME: South-Doyle won 30-10 just off John Sevier.
CHEROKEES (6-1, 3-1): South-Doyle bounced back from its first loss with a 41-0 win over Cocke County that may have locked up a playoff spot. Its one of the best Cherokee teams ever by their 5-0 start and it features a solid mix of senior experience and sophomore talent.
SEYMOUR (4-3, 1-3): The Eagles are in need of another momentum swing after a loss to Mo. East made it a three-game slide from a 4-0 start. South-Doyle is as close as District 2-AAA gets to SHS in size and geography so toss out the records, streaks and numbers. The best second half defense prevails in this one, which is exactly where the Eagles have struggled in October,