By Stetson Marlin:
Oak Ridge (3-1) vs. West (2-2)
When: September 7th, 7:30 PM
Where: At West High School
Oak Ridge has another tough matchup this Friday night, as they head to West High School. After coming off of a tough loss to Farragut, they will look to move to 4-1 on the year. On the other hand, West is coming off of a blowout 35-0 win against Halls, as they look to move to 3-2 on the year.
The Rebels head into this game with a 2-2 record and are coming off of two straight wins. West finally has a home game after having two straight games on the road. A win in this game would be huge, especially with Farragut coming to town next Friday night.
West will pride themselves in their defense on Friday night. Despite being 2-2 on the year, they have only allowed 38 points all year, as they lost 9-0 against Bearden and lost 15-12 to Hardin Valley the next week. They hung up 42 points on Karns, while only allowing 14 points. They then shutout Halls 35-0. They will look to depend on their senior linebackers like William Savoy, Ben Skvara, Jackson Snodgrass, and Demarcus Nelson.
Oak Ridge Wildcats
Oak Ridge is looking to revenge last week’s loss against Farragut. They started the season going 3-0, but suffered their first loss of the season to Farragut, losing just 20-14.
Herbert Booker looked good for the Wildcats last week, going 14-26 for 157 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Graham was their leading rusher as he finished with 50 yards on nine rushes. West will have to be on their feet all night as Booker is a threat for the running game as well. Booker will look for different receivers all night, as he completed a pass to six different wide receivers last week.
Predicting the game
This will be an interesting game. Oak Ridge is looking to get a win after suffering a close loss last week to Farragut. West comes into this game with a lot of momentum, looking to win three straight. If West is able to pull this one out, they will have a ton of momentum going into next week’s matchup against Farragut.
Oak Ridge showed us a lot last week hanging around with Farragut, so I have to go with Oak Ridge in this one. West is a tough team, but I believe the Wildcats will pull away at the end.
Oak Ridge 38 – West 24