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CHS-Northeast sequel could bring fireworks

Posted Friday, September 21, 2012 by Leaf Chronicle

CHS-Northeast sequel could bring fireworks

Can Eagles, Wildcats duplicate 2011's heart stopper?

8:32 AM, Sep 21, 2012  

Written by:  George Robinson   Leaf-Chronicle

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — In slang terms: Last year’s Clarksville High-Northeast football game was no joke.

The Wildcats pulled off a 42-41 upset of the ranked Eagles at Northeast High in a game that had enough big plays to fill the entire high school football season for just about every team in Montgomery County.

Last week’s Rossview-Kenwood game produced the same thrilling effects as the Hawks won a tight 38-36 game. That represents the best-played prep football game this year in the city of Clarksville but tonight’s 7 p.m. matchup between the Eagles and Wildcats at Hilda J. Richardson Field could supplant last week’s Knights-Hawks contest as the season’s high-water mark.

“You’re going to have to go back a long time to find a blowout in this series,” Eagles coach Isaac Shelby said. “It just doesn’t happen often. I mean, last year’s game was great. The one in the playoffs two years ago was another great one. CHS and Northeast don’t have blowout games often. It’s been a long time since either one of the teams beat the other by more than seven points.”

Actually, its happened three times in the past seven years. Northeast captured a 21-6 victory in 2009 while Clarksville won 35-13 in 2007. In 2005, Clarksville posted a 30-20 victory, but all three of those games were highly competitive and most expect nothing but the same fireworks tonight.

“It would be hard to live up to last year’s game,” Wildcats coach Ken Busbee said. “It’s a different team with us. A lot of our offensive players in last year’s game are gone. We run a different style now whereas Northeast has a lot of returners from that game a year ago.”

But one player Busbee will tout is senior running back Dallin Bridges. Bridges is off to a torid start, among the best in the school’s history up to this point. In five games, Bridges has rushed for 955 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He has two 200-yard rushing games and one 300-yard game.

“He’s been outstanding,” Busbee said. “Our offensive line has gotten better but right now, it’s mostly Dallin. I hate to say that, but most teams will be trying to stop No. 27.”

Shelby isn’t buying into it.

“Clarksville is more than just a one-trick pony,” Shelby said. “You’ve got to account for guys like (Lawrenz) Guerra and (Jeff) Webb. If you don’t they will kill you.”

Both the Eagles and Wildcats have managed to stay on top of the District 10 standings with 3-0 league records. The Eagles (3-1) are coming off a bye week while Clarksville (3-2) is coming off its third straight win after disposing of West Creek 33-12 last week. And while Bridges has racked up big numbers in five games, the Eagles’ backs have been equally impressive.

Tennessee commit Jalen Reeves-Maybin may be the single most dangerous player in the district with 697 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns — and his own 300-yard rushing game this year — but the Eagles also trot out fullback Jerome Jones who has more than 500 rushing yards and Dontavious Fort-Merriweather who’s specialty is being able to do a little bit of everyting on offense.

Busbee, whose team has faced some tough running backs from Fort Campbell’s Triston Luke to Christian County’s Kory Mosley, knows his talented defense has a huge test tonight.

“You take Luke off Fort Campbell and that’s a different team,” Busbee said. “You take (Mosley) off Christian County and they’re a different team. You take Jalen off Northeast and they still have Jones. If Jones is out, they still have Fort-Merriweather and (Nick) Green. They have so many weapons they can go to.”

Shelby isn’t buying into it.

“Clarksville is more than just a one-trick pony,” Shelby said. “You’ve got to account for guys like (Lawrenz) Guerra and (Jeff) Webb. If you don’t they will kill you.”

Both the Eagles and Wildcats have managed to stay on top of the District 10 standings with 3-0 league records. The Eagles (3-1) are coming off a bye week while Clarksville (3-2) is coming off its third straight win after disposing of West Creek 33-12 last week. And while Bridges has racked up big numbers in five games, the Eagles’ backs have been equally impressive.

Tennessee commit Jalen Reeves-Maybin may be the single most dangerous player in the district with 697 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns — and his own 300-yard rushing game this year — but the Eagles also trot out fullback Jerome Jones who has more than 500 rushing yards and Dontavious Fort-Merriweather who’s specialty is being able to do a little bit of everyting on offense.

Busbee, whose team has faced some tough running backs from Fort Campbell’s Triston Luke to Christian County’s Kory Mosley, knows his talented defense has a huge test tonight.

“You take Luke off Fort Campbell and that’s a different team,” Busbee said. “You take (Mosley) off Christian County and they’re a different team. You take Jalen off Northeast and they still have Jones. If Jones is out, they still have Fort-Merriweather and (Nick) Green. They have so many weapons they can go to.”

 

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