Rivalries, Revenge Plots Highlight High School Action

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) - What's even worse than losing to your archrival?

How about losing to them twice in one season, including a playoff defeat that sends you packing?

Welcome to Bearden's world.

Not only will the Bulldogs (3-0) look to avenge last year's season-ending shortfall to Farragut; they'll also look to end five years of losses to their West Knoxville nemesis when they host Farragut tonight.

But the Admirals (3-0) would like to continue the dominance. Tailback Andre Sterling leads Knoxville with 552 yards and nine touchdowns already this season, including a 165-yard performance on only ten carries last week in a 38-6 win over Heritage.

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Another battle of undefeated West Knoxville rivals kicks off tonight at Webb, when Catholic visits the Spartans looking to extend their series winning streak to six games. The Irish (3-0) rolled past region rival Austin-East last week, 38-14. The week before, Webb beat AE, 35-27.

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Austin East looks to recover from those losses tonight at home against Carter. The Hornets (1-2) rebounded from early defeats to Bearden and South Doyle with a 35-15 win over Claiborne. The Roadrunners (0-2) and Hornets have never met on the football field.

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Kingston rides the momentum of two blowout victories into Rockwood to face the Tigers (3-0), who scraped by Sweetwater, 30-23, last week to maintain their unblemished record. The Yellow Jackets (2-0) last beat Rockwood in 2004.

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Morristown East visits Jefferson County tonight seeking its first 3-0 start this decade. But the Hurricanes (2-0) have lost four games in six years to the Patriots (1-2), who look to rebound from an upset loss to Campbell County, 27-24, last week.

You can catch higlights of Friday night's action on Friday Night Lights, starting at 11:10 this evening. Here is a list of the games that will be featured:

Farragut vs. Bearden
Catholic vs. Webb
Carter vs. Austin-East
Morristown East vs. Jefferson County
Oak Ridge vs. Dobyns Bennett
Heritage vs. Maryville
Powell vs. Karns
Seymour vs. South Doyle
Sevier County vs. West


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