’Toppers not looking past Tennessee High

Douglas Fritz • Oct 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Both eyes on Tennessee High. That’s the first priority for Science Hill.

With Dobyns-Bennett just a week away, there’s still a game before The Game.

“The players know Tennessee High has a lot of athletes and can hurt people,” said Science Hill head football coach Stacy Carter, whose team plays host to the Vikings tonight at Tipton Stadium. “It’s one of those teams, when the offense is hitting they can do a lot of damage.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Science Hill is 5-0 in Big Eight Conference play and 8-0 overall. Tennessee High is 3-2, 5-3.

The Hilltoppers can set the all-time school record for points scored in a season by totaling 33 against the Vikings. The 2011 squad finished with 402 points, and Science Hill has 370 so far this season.

Tennessee High is coming off a 70-24 loss to Dobyns-Bennett, so its mindset may be a bit fragile. Still, as Carter pointed out, it just depends on how the game is going.

“When they are cold, they can have bad games,” said Carter. “And then they’ve had games like Sullivan South where they were lights out. I don’t know which one we will get, but we’ve got to be prepared for their best shot.”

The Vikings’ best shot will likely include plenty of passing. Quarterback Peyton Henley averages just under 20 attempts per game, and has thrown for 1,285 yards with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

“You’ve got to look pass first,” said Carter. “They are running the football, but they will put it up in the air. Their offense is very aggressive: either you make the play or they make the play.”

Science Hill counters with an offense captained by Reed Hayes. The senior quarterback has totaled 2,038 yards this year and accounted for 28 touchdowns — including a Big Eight-leading 22 passing scores.

Running back Will Adams has 785 total yards and is third in the conference with 78 points. Receiver Malik McGue has 20 catches and eight touchdowns.

That trio should be a big challenge for the Vikings’ defense.

“Their defense plays sound,” said Carter. “They go back a long time with a defensive tradition. They’ve done the same thing for a long time.

“They play good technique and disguise their coverages well. Their front is what it is. They are probably as good as anybody around.”

Notes: With a victory tonight, the Hilltoppers will have their most wins since going 9-4 in 1994. …

Last week against Volunteer, Science Hill broke the school record for points scored in the regular season. The Hilltoppers set the mark with 354 last season. They added 48 in the postseason to set the all-time mark of 402. …

The Hilltoppers’ defense has allowed just seven points in its last two games combined. For the season, Science Hill is giving up 14.1 points per game.

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