WHITWELL TIGERS (7-0, 2-0) SOUTH PITTS­BURG AT PI­RATES (7-0, 2-0)

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - WEEKEND BLITZ -

Sto­ry­line: The Re­gion 3-1A cham­pi­onship will be de­cided, and the Tigers — ranked No. 3 in the clas­si­fi­ca­tion — are look­ing to snap a 26-game los­ing streak to their cross-county ri­vals. Af­ter knock­ing off Class 2A’s sixth-ranked Trous­dale County on a last-sec­ond field goal last week, Whitwell is 7-0 for the first time in pro­gram his­tory and has tied the school record for con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar-sea­son wins. The Tigers, who have outscored op­po­nents by an av­er­age of 34 points, set the tone with a stingy de­fense led by LBs Thun­dur Roberts and Josh Wingo and line­men T.D. Argo, Travis Nolan and Gar­rett Shrum. Whitwell’s start­ing de­fense has al­lowed just 20 to­tal points (spe­cial teams has given up another nine points) all sea­son. Top-ranked South Pitts­burg has won its games by an av­er­age score of 48-10 and hasn’t had an op­po­nent stay within three TDs since the sea­son-open­ing win over Class 3A’s Sequatchie County. The Pi­rates, who have beaten the Tigers by an av­er­age score of 47-12 dur­ing the ri­valry streak, are led by ju­nior FB/LB Gar­rett Raulston and se­nior RB/LB Sawyer Kelley. Se­nior Cade Ken­nemore is a shifty weapon whether he gets his hands on the ball at WR or re­turn­ing kicks.

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