A rugged schedule left the Trailblazers with a record of 1-4, but Boone responded with a three-game winning streak before stunning rival David Crockett last week. Now the Trailblazers are a win away from earning a home playoff game.
Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said he’s not concerned about his team having a letdown after the big win.
“The players know the importance of this game because a win means we are at home in the first round of the playoffs,” said Jenkins. “The players have prepared well and are focused on Cherokee.”
Boone will travel to take on the Chiefs, who also seek a home playoff game, in a Region 1-5A contest Friday in Rogersville. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Trailblazers are 4-1 in league play while Cherokee (6-3 overall) comes in with a mark of 3-2. The Chiefs have lost three of their last four after a 5-0 start.
Jenkins said he knows the Trailblazers (5-4 overall) will face a challenge in Chiefs’ quarterback Collin Trent.
“He’s an athletic quarterback who can beat you with his legs and arm,” said Jenkins. “And they have really talented players in a spread scheme.”
Cherokee head coach Cody Baugh said his team must play hard.
“First thing about Boone, you are never going to out-effort one of Coach Jenkins’ teams, but we can match their effort,” Baugh said. “We have to slow down their running game, and put them in situations where they feel like they have to throw it.
“And we have to be better offensively, period. We have sputtered as of late, and we have to get started early. Also, we have to handle adversity better than we did last week.”
Morristown East (3-6, 2-3) at David Crockett (7-2, 3-2)
Suddenly the Pioneers are fighting for a playoff spot.
After a dominant season produced seven straight wins, Crockett has lost two in a row. Another loss combined with a Cherokee win over Boone, and the Pioneers would miss out on the Class 5A playoffs.
“We need to forget about the past and move forward,” said coach Hayden Chandley. “There’s no time to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. The playoffs start for us this week. We need to take care of the football and play our best game.”
The Hurricanes had four one-score losses among their 0-6 start, but they found the winning formula and carry a three-game streak into this contest.
Volunteer (3-6, 0-5) at Cocke County (1-8, 0-5)
One of these teams will avoid a winless league season, and the Falcons enter with momentum.
Volunteer produced one of its best offensive performances of the season in a 40-28 win over Unicoi County.