County gridiron squads press on towards playoffs

Friday, October 28, 2011
Senior placekicker and punter Angel Reyes (5) should see plenty of work in Friday night's regular season finale in Lynchburg as Forrest takes on the Raiders in a pivotal District 9A match-up. Photo by

Week 10 of the prep football season brings high drama for two of the three county squads as they finish the regular season and press on towards the first round of the playoffs.

The Forrest Rockets (7-2, 4-1) control not only their destiny, but first place Eagleville's as well when they square off versus longtime rival Moore County (6-3, 3-2) under the lights in Lynchburg Friday night.

If Forrest wins, both the Rockets and the Eagles will be rewarded with first round byes, but a loss to the Raiders, combined with a win by Cascade (6-3, 4-1) at Eagleville (9-0, 5-1) this week will give the district title to the Champions on a tiebreaker.

MCHS head coach Tom Turchetta will count on his senior leader Davy Maddox (79) Friday night when the Tigers take on East Hickman with their playoff fate on line at Preston Hopkins Field on senior night. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Under that scenario, Moore County would take third and the Rockets would fall to fourth place, endangering their playoff hopes.

If Eagleville and Moore County win, the Eagles clinch first and the Raiders finish second, throwing the post-season positioning in an even more topsy-turvy mess for Forrest.

The battle cry for the Rockets this week comes from the the late Oakland Raiders' owner Al Davis, when he said, "Just win baby."

It will not be easy, as the Rockets have beaten the Raiders just one time in the last 25 years with that win coming in 2009 in Chapel Hill.

Last season, Moore County defeated Forrest 27-22 in Week 10 and the following week, the Rockets' season ended in a first round playoff loss at Dresden.

Both squads have comparable numbers on both sides of the ball, especially in district games with the Rockets giving up just 84 points in league match-ups, two touchdowns less than the Raiders.

On offense, Forrest has put 169 points in district tilts, while the Raiders have scored four more points than the Rockets.

Friday night should be a shootout as the two hungry teams lock horns with the Rockets prevailing in a big 33-27 win.

For the Marshall County Tigers (6-3, 5-2), their game is a must win after being upset by Page last week, but unlike Forrest, MCHS will take on one of the weaker teams in their region when they host East Hickman (2-7, 1-6) at Preston Hopkins Field on senior night in Lewisburg.

The Tigers have not lost to the Eagles in their only two meetings, outscoring East Hickman 56-7.

If the Tigers win, they are in.

If they lose, it will be scrambled eggs with their playoff fate in the hands of someone else.

The Tigers will win big, 42-0.

The Cornersville Bulldogs must have felt the entire world lifted off their shoulders last week when they clobbered Collinwood 38-26 in Frog Bottom.

There will be no return trip to the playoffs for Cornersville this season, but the Bulldogs have displayed great intestinal fortitude this year as they have overcome a bevy of injuries, and have continued on without complaining or feeling sorry for themselves.

This week, the Dawgs shine with pride again when they hammer local rival Richland 31-7 on senior night in Cornersville.