It sounds like the front seven of each team’s defense will be tested for four quarters.
The Trailblazers and Rebels renew their close-community rivalry Friday night at 7:30 in the high school football season opener for both teams at Matherly Stadium in Kingsport.
Also opening up is David Crockett, which plays host to Class 6A foe Ooltewah.
Trailblazers vs. Rebels
South head coach Justin Hilton said he knows what Boone is bringing.
“We expect a steady dose of (running back) Charlie Cole,” said Hilton. “Boone has a good offensive line and very good speed at the skill positions.”
Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said there are no mysteries about facing South’s offense.
“They really want to lean on the strength of their team, and that is the offensive line,” said Jenkins. “I am really impressed with them at the line of scrimmage. It’s a real physical team, and their tailback, Julian Reed, is a three-year starter. He will be one of the top backs in the area.”
Defensively, South brings multiple looks and Jenkins said they move a lot and get to the football.
“They have great size up front on defense and that lets those linebackers run to the ball,” Jenkins said.
Hilton said Boone’s defense is sound and well prepared.
“Coach Jenkins prides himself on tough defense,” Hilton said.
The coaches said they are excited about this matchup.
“Both teams and communities respect one another, but both will get after it Friday,” said Jenkins.
Hilton said, “We hope this is a playoff-type atmosphere that helps our young players grow up quickly and be prepared for our conference games.”
Ooltewah vs. Crockett
The Owls took heavy graduation losses, but still present a tough challenge for the Pioneers.
“Any time you play a team from the Knoxville or Chattanooga area, you expect to see great size and speed,” said Crockett head coach Hayden Chandley. “I’m sure Ooltewah will be no different. We need to be able to run the football to balance our offense and not be one dimensional.”
Chandley said his team needs to show up and play football.
“We have to go out and do our job,” he said. “We can’t control anything that goes on except for us, and that’s what we need to focus on in order to be successful.”