And the Warriors were cruising until tripping against Sullivan North two weeks ago.
Combining those outcomes, the Warriors face a broad spectrum of outcomes when they travel to face South Greene on Friday night. With a win, Happy Valley is the Region 1-2A champion. With a loss, the Warriors would likely drop all the way to No. 4 and face a long road trip to Meigs County for the first round of the playoffs.
Happy Valley (7-2) and South Greene (8-1) are both 2-1 in league play.
“It will be an exciting night, a hostile crowd, and two good football teams battling for playoff seeding with us having the opportunity to claim the No. 1 overall seed,” said Happy Valley head coach Jason Jarrett. “What more could we ask for? We are blessed to be in a position to be playing for our ultimate goal the last week of the season.”
Speaking of cruising, the Rebels were absolutely on a roll before meeting Hampton in Week 9. The Bulldogs delivered a 30-0 beating, something South Greene has had two weeks to stew over because of its bye week.
“They will be motivated to bounce back from their first loss,” said Jarrett. “It is no secret we will have to play our best game of the season.”
Jarrett said the Rebels present plenty of problems with their big offensive line and the skill players behind it.
“South Greene is absolutely huge up front,” said Jarrett. “They will put an offensive and defensive line on the field that has size and speed we have not faced. The Myers brothers (quarterback Levi and running back Luke) are as athletic a duo as there is within our conference.“
In an important Class 3A contest, Unicoi County travels to take on Johnson County.
In another 1-2A contest, Hampton plays host to Cosby. In a non-region game, Sullivan North plays host to Cloudland.
Unicoi County (3-1, 5-4) at Johnson County (3-1, 4-5)
It’s a cut-and-dried situation for the Blue Devils and Longhorns: Win and earn a home playoff game; lose and hit the road in the first round.
The Blue Devils have been an offensive juggernaut since Week 3, averaging 44 points per game. But the defense has surrendered 37 a contest over the last three games, and two of those were losses.
Meanwhile, the Longhorns have averaged only 16 points per game this season while giving up 21 a contest. Johnson County has beaten Unicoi six out of the last seven meetings. The Blue Devils haven’t won in Mountain City since 2011.
Cosby (0-3, 3-6) at Hampton (2-1, 7-2)
Since losing 14-8 to Happy Valley, the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents by an astounding combined margin of 271-35.
The Eagles have scored 85 points while winning their last two games, but don’t figure to have the firepower to keep up with the Bulldogs.
Cloudland (4-5) at Sullivan North (5-4)
Both teams are looking for playoff momentum, and the Highlanders have a chance to enter the postseason with three straight wins.
The Raiders need a bounce-back performance after last week’s decision gave Sullivan East its first victory of the season.