It was already brewing. Now it is flat out boiling.
Friday night’s dominations showed the collision course between Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett on the football field is gaining momentum. Both teams improved to 5-0 on the season, with Science Hill destroying David Crockett 63-8, and Dobyns-Bennett beating down Daniel Boone 56-21.
Coaches continually have to remind their kids not to look ahead, so Science Hill’s Stacy Carter and Dobyns-Bennett’s Graham Clark aren’t going to be talking about a game still five weeks away. However, each team has a bye next Friday, so there is a little time for fans, players and coaches to at least ponder the possibilities.
Yes, there’s a lot of football left to play. Science Hill and D-B both have to face Tennessee High, which is having a good season. The Indians get the Vikings in Week 8, and the Hilltoppers take them on in Week 9.
However, both D-B and Science Hill will be big favorites in their other three remaining games. So a battle of undefeated teams in Week 10, on Oct. 26 at J. Fred Johnson Stadium, is looking like a distinct possibility.
Speed is the dynamic factor for both teams. They can get up and down the field, beat defenders to the edges, break free for the deep ball, slice through gaps to wrap up ballcarriers, pressure quarterbacks, and stay step for step with receivers.
Playmakers are all over the field for both squads, on both sides of the ball. That’s why the Indians have blistered their opponents for 50 points per game and the Hilltoppers have racked up 47 points per contest. And they defend, too, with D-B allowing 15 points per game to 16 for the Hilltoppers.
One thing still developing in this upcoming matchup is a battle between outstanding quarterbacks. That may seem like an odd thing to say after D-B lost starter Chris Cook to a neck injury last week.
Cook was a good quarterback, but Malik Foreman gives the Indians a different dimension. Foreman had 13 pass receptions in the Indians’ first four games. He was averaging about five touches overall per game.
Now Foreman has the ball in his hands on every snap, and the Indians become faster and much more dangerous over the long haul. By the time Week 10 rolls around, Foreman should be in a comfort zone as the Indians’ signal caller.
As for Science Hill, Reed Hayes should only get better and better as the season goes along. He is already putting up huge numbers, and is a triple threat: throwing, running with finesse, and running with power.
And then we get to the running backs. Two of the best in the area are Science Hill’s Will Adams and D-B’s Devaun Swafford. Both are big-play threats on the ground and also as receivers.
Additionally, Swafford and Adams are two of the area’s top kick-return threats. Foreman and Science Hill’s Malik McGue figure in the return mix as well.
It’s hard to say at this point which team will have the edge when the Showdown in K-town arrives, but one things seems to be coming into focus: This will be one of the most anticipated battles in the history of this series.
Science Hill hasn’t beaten the Indians since 1994. The Streak lives, but it will be tested in October.