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Rutherford County earns split in Week 4

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All four teams won the week before, but it was a split this past Friday. This coming week is odd with only one team at home, two on the road and one on a bye.

East Rutherford: Well, East Rutherford proved last week that they may be legit. After Burns whipped Shelby the week before, it was East Rutherford's turn to do the same to Burns. East downed Burns 45-19 last Friday.

East Rutherford had four touchdowns scored by Jayden Waddell (2 rushing/2 receiving) and Demetrius Mauney scored two rushing touchdown en-route to the victory.

A Burns defense that held Shelby to 14 the week prior was no match for the high octane Cavs on offense.

East Rutherford is now 4-0 on the season and the last time they did that was in 2005 until Pisgah knocked them off that year and ended the season with a home playoff loss to Shelby in the third round. East actually won four in row during the 2010, 2011 and 2012 campaigns.

This Friday, East will go to Patton (2-2) as it has been a tough place to play over the years. This season, Patton doesn't have the offense or defense to keep up. East 48-12.

Thomas Jefferson: Like I said in the preview last week, Thomas Jefferson should just run the ball and they did...for four touchdowns. The Gryphons easily won 54-14 over Trinity Academy at home last week. Nomi McMullens accounted for five scores and the defense held another opponent to just two touchdowns in consecutive weeks.

Thomas Jefferson (3-0) will host Calhoun Falls Charter (0-2) this Friday. Calhoun Falls has scored just 14 points in two games this season. They do have some athletic kids, but the Gryphons have more depth and are rolling right now. TJCA 41-14.

R-S Central: R-S put up nearly 300 yards offense and held close for a half with Pisgah, until the Black Bears pulled away 35-13. Jaharie Washburn and Marlin Francis scored their first touchdowns of the season. Still, it was a pretty solid defensive effort for Central even though they gave up 300 yards of offense, they allowed only 12 first downs.

The Hilltoppers will travel to South Caldwell (0-3) for a 7:30 Friday night kickoff. South Caldwell has faced a very tough schedule so far, but the option offense could give R-S Central (1-3) some problems. I think South Caldwell with home-field is barely a winner this Friday. South Caldwell 24-22.

Chase: The Trojans were their own worst enemy this past Friday as they turned the ball over six times in a 47-21 loss to upstart East Henderson (3-1).

The Eagles are playing much better especially offensively from a year ago. Chase had no answer for the Garrett Adkinson to Tyler Pace connection and Zay Henderson ran for a season high 135 yards.

Chase (1-3) could only muster 213 yards of offense last Friday as Garrett Hampton's punt return for a touchdown highlighted the night for the Trojans. They were only down 20-15 at the half, but two third quarter turnovers resulted in a 21 point third for East.

Chase will have a bye this week and play at Brevard on September 21st.

Who played the best this past week in the NFL? This is in no random order, but here are 10. Vikings, Chiefs, Patriots, Ravens, Panthers, Packers, Jags, Broncos, Bengals and Steelers.

The Jags, Panthers and Ravens defense played really well. Offensively, the Chiefs, Patriots and even the Bengals looked tough. It's only week one though.

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