Since then, it has been tough sledding — something Science Hill has experienced as well.
These struggling teams will meet Friday night at Tipton Stadium in a Region 1-6A contest. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
“They’re having a rough year like we are,” said Science Hill head coach Stacy Carter, whose team relinquished its first-place status with last week’s 35-25 loss to Knox Farragut. “It’s one of those things. I think we match up good with them. If we play well, we should do well against them.”
In another region contest, first place will be on the line as Dobyns-Bennett plays host to Knox Farragut.
Science Hill is 2-1 in region play, but 2-5 overall and currently in a two-game losing streak. West is 0-2 in the league and has lost five in a row to fall to 1-5 overall.
The Trojans are especially reeling after last week’s extremely tough loss. Leading 21-0 in the fourth quarter, West couldn’t close it out and Knox Carter forced overtime. Eventually the Hornets won, 27-21.
West has a similar look to Science Hill on offense, said Carter.
“They run a lot of the stuff we run, pulling guards and wing-T type runs,” said Carter. “They run out of the shotgun and do a good job of it. They moved the ball against Farragut and other teams pretty well.”
Defensively, Carter said his team will see the same alignment used by Farragut last week.
“It’s a slanting 3-4,” said Carter. “That’s what (the Trojans) used to run, and they kind of went back to it.”
Carter said his team has to shake off the dust and try to finish strong.
“We just have to keep working right now,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys, and we’ve had a lot of growing pains.
“It has been the details hurting us. We are seeing how the little things can affect a team. We’ve got to do better.”
Carter said he still likes this team.
“The kids play hard,” he said. “The effort has been there from Day 1. The kids fight hard and never quit.”
Farragut (2-0, 3-3) at Dobyns-Bennett (3-0, 6-0)
The Indians are still looking for their first major challenge, and this could be it.
D-B’s smallest margin of victory was a three-touchdown difference against Tennessee High in the opener. Since then it was 35, 25, 42, 38 and 35 points.
The Admirals will present the Indians with a potentially tough offensive attack, especially if quarterback Gavin Wilkinson and his receivers are connecting. They did that in a competitive loss to Maryville, but struggled at times in last week’s win over Science Hill.