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Crockett looks to build momentum against Cougars

Douglas Fritz • Sep 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM

David Crockett plays Sullivan Central on Friday night before taking a week off, which is followed by the Pioneers’ most critical three-game stretch of the regular season.

Therefore, building momentum against the Cougars could be quite important.

Crockett will travel to take on Central in a non-region matchup Friday night in Blountville. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Here’s a look at that game and others on the schedule:

DAVID CROCKETT (4-0) at SULLIVAN CENTRAL (1-3)

Pioneers head coach Hayden Chandley said the Cougars have some offensive bite.

“They definitely bring a variety of formations and schemes to the table offensively,” he said. “They force you to adjust to numerous things, and that’s what we have been harping on this week. Their quarterback (Will Nottingham) throws a good ball, and their receivers can really stretch you vertically.”

Crockett counters with an offense that has been dialed in all season. The Pioneers are averaging 43 points per game, behind the passing of Cade Larkins and the running of Ronquille Joyner.

Chandley said he expects an aggressive Central defense.

“They play extremely hard and will blitz from all different angles,” he said.

ABINGDON, VA. (2-2) at TENNESSEE HIGH (3-1)

The Vikings couldn’t match up with Dobyns-Bennett in the opener, but it has been smooth sailing since that game.

Tennessee High has averaged 41 points over its last three games, and faces a Falcons’ team that surrendered a total of 80 points in back-to-back losses.

This is the first meeting between these teams in 65 years. They first played in 1922, but haven’t met since 1954. The Vikings hold a 10-3 lead in the renewed series.

UNICOI COUNTY (3-2) at SULLIVAN EAST (0-4)

Another team on an offensive roll is the Blue Devils. They put up 65, 35, and 65 again during a three-game winning streak.

East figures to be more of a defensive challenge, but the Patriots haven’t figured out how to close the deal. They have lost games this year by one, three and seven points.

JOHNSON COUNTY (2-2) at HAMPTON (2-2)

It’s one of the area’s better rivalries, and this time the Longhorns have to travel down the mountain.

Hampton has enjoyed a week off to prepare for what should a tough and close ballgame. Last year’s battle was a one-point decision in Mountain City, one of only two losses all year for Johnson County.

SULLIVAN NORTH (3-2) at PIGEON FORGE (0-4)

It has been a long two weeks for the Raiders, who scored only seven total points in losses to Chuckey-Doak and South Greene.

The Tigers, however, have struggled all season to stop people. They have allowed an average of 39 points per game with each opponent scoring at least four touchdowns.

HAPPY VALLEY (4-1) at UNAKA (1-4)

Bouncing back from a Week 4 loss to Unicoi County, the Warriors whipped Cosby and enter this county battle as a big favorite.

In these teams’ two most recent meetings, the Warriors outscored Unaka 118-8.

AVERY COUNTY, N.C. (3-2) at CLOUDLAND (1-3)

This should be quite a challenge for the Highlanders in the longtime rivalry.

Cloudland won 68-30 last season, but Vikings’ junior quarterback Troy Hoilman is off to a terrific start this year. He has thrown for 1,581 yards and 21 touchdowns with only two interceptions.

Avery boasts four receivers with over 200 yards, and junior Ty Smith has 25 catches for 426 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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