PrepXtra's Chris Thomas takes us through some of the big match ups during Week 4 of the high school football season. You can see highlights from these games Friday at 11:15 p.m. on WBIR.
ALCOA AT MARYVILLE
Chris Thomas: "One of the best rivalries in the state of Tennessee, quite frankly one of the best high school rivalries in the country. 29 combined state championships. You look at the two coaches in this game, George Quarles of Maryville and Gary Rankin of Alcoa- both have won 11 state titles. I look at these two offenses, I think there are two championship caliber offenses here. Maryville, Dylan Hopkins has been good. Jordan Ervin the talented running back, we saw how good he was against a fast Fulton team. Then I look at this Alcoa defense. This is the first true test for a defense that lost five Division I football players off it last year, including 3 Mr. Football Finalists."
CAK AT WEBB
Chris Thomas: "You look at the running backs, Juaun Jefferson, Jahlil Jefferson, Elijah Howard the talented 8th grader. Now you get Tommy Jordan back. Can CAK seal the edge and limit this Webb team that is really motivated? Then you look at CAK. I think a lot of people are looking at the beginning of the Travis Mozingo era and asking themselves what's going on with CAK? You don't expect the Warriors to be as challenged as much as they were with Scott. Credit Cole Smith, the talented senior quarterback, for building a comeback there just as he did against Grace Christian. But can CAK start fast? I think you're going to have to start fast in this game, don't take for granted how fast this Webb offense is especially at the running back position."
AUSTIN-EAST AT FULTON
Chris Thomas: "Keep in mind, Chaton Mobley, probably Fulton's best player, did not play against Anderson County because he had a hamstring injury. Will he play? I think he is going to play against Austin-East, it's a rivalry game. But even without him, I think I like the depth of this Fulton team. I like Xavier Malone, the progression he's made, and Zack Dobson. You're going to have to limit the plays with Austin-East, that's what they do. They haven't sustained a lot of drives this year. I think that something Jeff Phillips is really preaching. Can Austin-East sustain some drives, keep the clock, keep the ball away from Fulton. I think that's their best chance. I just think there's too much power though on this Fulton offense for Austin-East to handle."