Devon Collier and the Bears travel to Knoville to face Grace Christian on Friday.
|Published: 8:53 AM, 10/03/2012
Author: Brandon Keys
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
The Tellico Plains Bears will face the
Grace Christian Academy Rams on Friday night. Grace Christian had
been placed on probation and barred from post season competition over
the last few years. The Rams have torn through their regular season
schedule so far and the only blemish on an otherwise sparkling record
was a 27-19 loss to CAK.
The Bears will have their hands full as
this Rams team is very sound defensively. They've allowed more than
14 points just twice this year. Teams are just not able to score or
put together the drives needed to beat the Rams. The Tellico offense
has struggled at times, but they have improved. When the Rams played
Rockwood in week 3 the score was just 12-7. That is the closest win
margin for the Rams all year. If the Bears can keep the game close,
an upset could be in the cards.
Running the football will be key for
Adam Reece and Devon Collier. Lengthen your offensive possessions and
limit the chances Grace has to score. If the Bears can do that
anything can happen. Turnovers will have to be at a minimum of
course, for the Bears to sustain long drives. Ball control, and
making big plays on defense can win this game for either team.
Bryce Carter and Garett Reno can be
impact players up front. They've both had games with multiple stops
behind the line and sacks. A few blitz packages couldn't hurt
either to put more pressure on the Rams.
At 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the district,
this is a must win game for the Bears. Remember the top two teams from
each district make the playoffs. With four games left, Tellico needs to
win out and hope for some help to get into the playoffs. With an
upset win the Bears could ride that momentum and do the unthinkable
to reach the postseason.
Some will tell you
that won't even come close to happening. The Bears just need to
tune all that negativity out. If a team believes they can do anything
together. We'll see if the Bears have grace on their side on
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