The Cherokees will play in one of the highlight games around
the entire state Friday night when they travel to Coalfield.
Coalfield ranks fourth in the
state in class 1A according to the Associated Press poll. Greenback is one spot behind in
It's also a rematch of last season's 1A quarterfinal when Greenback was knocked out
with a 34-31 loss.
Greenback coach Jason Hicks said the revenge factor is something his kids
are aware of, but it's not something they are going to be overselling this week.
Quarterback and linebacker Samuel McCloud said, for the most part, it's just like
preparing for any other game.
"You want to focus on every game like it's a big game,"
McCloud said. "It's obviously going to be a little more exciting, but it's not going to be majorly
anything different for us."
Defensively, the Cherokees have their hands full. In addition
to a big, physical offensive line, Coalfield returns running back Addison Bible, who caused a ton
of problems for Greenback last season.
McCloud said the defense has really put an emphasis
on game planning this week to prepare for the Coalfield ground game.
McCarter always does a good job putting in a game plan during the week and I know he's worked
really hard trying to find something to stop them," McCloud said. "I think this is maybe the best
game plan he's ever put in. He did a great job this week and I think we're going to execute it
Better execution in the fundamentals will be a big part of Greenback coming
out on top.
"We've got to try to get as many kids as we can to the football, be as physical
as we can and we've got to try to tackle better, we didn't tackle well last year," Hicks said.
Offensively, the focus continues to be limiting turnovers for Greenback.
been our big Achilles heel in games where we struggle a little bit," Hicks said. "Against
Gatlinburg-Pittman we had a couple of turnovers but we still had a chance to win it. I think
turnovers are going to be really big in this game and hopefully we can protect the
Greenback's offense is also working on adding balance. Hicks said he felt the
balance between running and passing is currently the best it has ever been for the team. He also
said they still have some work to do in order to get it just right.
McCloud said one thing
he is certainly confident about is the offensive line. McCloud said the players up front have put
in the work to really be successful on Friday night and that he is sure they will do their job to
protect in the passing game and get the push they need in the run.
Hicks said there is no
doubt the game will be a physical one and it's up to his team to match the physicality of
Coalfield if they hope to win.
The two are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at