When utilizing the phrase “essential” to explain a highschool soccer recreation, context is essential.
When David Crockett performs host to Tennessee Excessive on Friday evening, there’s an inexpensive likelihood it’s going to go a great distance towards deciding the Area 1-5A championship.
However the circumstances surrounding this recreation will contain greater than snaps, touchdowns and cheers. Each faculties are mourning the lack of family members. Over the course of the final week, Tennessee Excessive standout working again Micah Montgomery died in an unintentional drowning, and Crockett play-by-play radio announcer Tim Cable died after a battle with COVID-19. Each might be honored previous to the sport.
“We’re planning on doing a pregame prayer with each groups, scholar sections, cheerleaders, and coaches in honor of Micah and Tim,” Crockett head coach Hayden Chandley stated. “We’re promoting decals and giving all proceeds to the Montgomery household. No household or college ought to should undergo this. We wish to do our half to indicate our help.”
Kickoff for the sport is scheduled for 7 o’clock.
Crockett (2-2 general) is 1-1 in league play. The Vikings (1-1) will play their first area recreation.
In one other Area 1-5A contest, Daniel Boone travels to tackle Morristown West.
Chandley stated his workforce must be ready for a floor assault.
“Offensively they wish to set up their run recreation early,” he stated. “They’ve a really lively offensive line. Their quarterback (Steven Johnson) actually tore us up within the second half of final yr’s assembly. We have to strain him and get him on the transfer.”
Chandley stated his workforce must be robust in opposition to the Vikings.
“We must be extra bodily on the line of scrimmage on each side of the ball,” Chandley stated.
DANIEL BOONE (1-2) at MORRISTOWN WEST (2-2)
It’s the area opener and a tricky matchup in opposition to a workforce the Trailblazers haven’t had a lot success in opposition to.
Boone has misplaced seven in a row to the Trojans with the final win coming within the playoffs in 1999. That is the faculties’ first assembly since 2016.
West has misplaced two in a row, getting clipped by Crockett earlier than being blown out by No. 1-ranked Greeneville. Boone has additionally misplaced two in a row, however was aggressive in opposition to Class 3A energy Loudon and Class 4A energy Elizabethton.
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