Real quickly, let's go over one topic. R-S Central, who won in week one on the football field at McDowell had to forfeit that win due to an ineligible player.
I applaud Cheek for turning it into the state. Some schools would try to get away with it. That's not the Coach Cheek I know. The Coach Cheek I know has integrity and tries to do the right things. So, let's not blow this out of proportion. There was an unfortunate misunderstanding. It's a shame that it happened to an entire group of kids and the coaching staff who worked so hard to get that week one win. Central can drop the McDowell non-conference loss at the end of the season, but it would be a true wash if they beat Polk this coming weekend.
Polk (1-1) at R-S Central (1-1)
As for R-S Central on the football field this past Friday, they won in a 6-0 shutout of Cramer. Tyrese Tate had the only touchdown of the game, but the defense stood tall when it need too. Despite a number of penalties and turnovers, Central evened their record.
Now they have to face Dillon Overholt and the Wolverines. While Polk doesn't have a ton of size, they do have a few skills players. Overholt will run and throw.
Keys: Force Polk back inside and contain Overholt. Central will have to establish some sort of offense as they had less 200 yards last week.
Bessemer City (2-0) at Chase (1-1)
Chase did a good job of wearing out Cherryville last week in a 33-6 win. Xaiver Williams, Bruce Squires and Tyreece McSwain all had 80 yards or more rushing in the win and at least one touchdown.
Jahari Guthrie (Quarterback), Kevin Goodwin (RB) and Rod Littlejohn (defense) will be the players to watch for Bessemer City.
Keys: Throw BC off target, Chase bases it offense off the run, but they can throw it around a little bit too now. The Trojans have to keep their defense off the field.
East Rutherford (2-0) at Roberson (2-0)
Demetrius Mauney now has seven touchdowns on the year, obtaining three more this past Friday in a 27-14 win over North Gaston.
As for the upcoming game against Roberson, Ty Gossett leads the offense at quarterback with seven different kids who could run the pigskin. Logan Wells has been all over the field on defense average 17 tackles a game so far. Greg Johnston is their sack man. East Rutherford key players: Josh Wilson, Fonzbee Clyburn.
Keys: Gossett is a big kid, who is a sophomore and just threw three interceptions last week against East Henderson. The Cavs have to force him to make bad decisions. East averages nearly 300 yards rushing a game. If they keep blocking like the first two games, success will continue.
Thomas Jefferson (1-0) at Mountain Island Charter (1-1)
It was a good debut on both sides of the ball as Thomas Jefferson easily beat Hickory Grove 56-0. Nomi McMullens had four touchdown passes and threw for over 260 yards. It may be tougher to have that kind of success against an improved Mountain Island Charter. Miller Outten should be a factor on offense and Ethan Jackson on defense. MIC's Aapri Washington can run and throw the football, so that's who the focus will be on defensively this week.
Keys: Whose quarterback and defense can make the plays when it counts the most? TJCA has to establish a run game.
Chesnee won 55-6 last week and they host Woodruff on Friday. If Chesnee wants to know how good they really are, Woodruff would be the standard. Woodruff has won nine games or more in eight of the last 10 years. Chesnee beat them in 2014, but lost by 34 last year.
And finally, maybe it's time to bury the hatchet. It's just a thought, why can't Thomas Jefferson and Rutherford County Schools start to play each other again. 1) It's non-conference. 2) TJCA is local, so more people should show up to support, thus spreading in-county revenue across the board. 3) TJCA has become more competitive in most sports. I am sure this is probably a waste of my breath, but it's something to consider.