The Sweetwater Wildcats are ready to
make history. After a narrow 21-20 win Friday, the program's first
home playoff win since 2002, the Wildcats are looking to buck some
Alcoa and their No. 1 ranking stand in the way of
Sweetwater and the third round of the TSSAA playoffs.
At 8-3 the
Wildcats are proud of what they've accomplished, but they want
Alcoa had a less than exciting showing
against McMinn Central in the opening round. The Chargers lost that
game 28-18, but were down for most of the contest.
Wildcat head coach
Craig Moser noted that it was a tough game for the Tornadoes last
week, but they'll be just as tough this week.
"They are real
physical in the trenches. Our offensive and defensive lines have to
perform well up front for us to win," said Moser.
The men in the trenches have played
well for Sweetwater recently. After dominate running game
performances against Bledsoe County and Sequoyah, the Wildcats
continued their physical play rushing for more than 100 yards last
week, and just giving up one sack.
Defensively, they are still dominating
the line of scrimmage and that has led them to allowing just over 13
points a game.
The line on both sides of the ball will need to play
well, but Coach Moser wanted to make sure his team is ready to play
at all positions.
"We can win this game. We just need a total team
effort to get it done. Everybody doing their part will help get it
done," said Moser.
Last week Alcoa controlled the line of scrimmage to dominate
the Chargers by rusing 42 times for 355 yards. Sweetwater has the
guys up front with Zack Neil, Trevor Richesin, Jarren Turpeinen, Eli
Blomstrom, and Cameron Gaines to gain control of the line.
Offensively the Wildcats will want to
control the ball.
Eli Arwood, and Nick Wicker will be focal points to
stop on offense, but Coach Moser is prepared to do what they need to.
"We plan and have different schemes every week depending on
who we play. This team has done a great job of playing together no
matter who we send out. They just want to win," said Moser.
Wildcats play as well as they have in recent weeks, and control the
line of scrimmage, they could surprise the Tornadoes in the round of