After the heart-stopper in Evensville last Friday night, Rhea County is set to host Lenoir City in Region 4-5A play on the Eagles’ homecoming night.
Last week, the Panthers demolished Christian Academy of Knoxville by a final score of 41-21 while Rhea County was in their overtime bout with McMinn County.
The Panthers enter the contest with a record of 3-1, their lone loss coming against rival Loudon. In their region opener, Lenoir City downed the Trojans of Soddy-Daisy by a score of 15-14 the very same night Rhea County beat Walker Valley 35-14.
Lenoir City High School
Class 5A, Region 4
One of the newcomers to Region 4-5A, Lenoir City looks to expand on their status as frontrunner in the region and take an early lead into the back half of region play.
Players to Watch Out For:
Will Romero (#50, linebacker, senior)
-Powerful linebacker who plays a high level of physical football.
Devin Noah (#14, quarterback, junior)
-Can torch defenses with his arm and gash them with his legs.
Preston Adams (#5 running back, junior)
-Tough runner with a low pad level and good burst.
Nick Sherrill (#61, center, sophomore)
-Solid offensive lineman who plays a clean game and does his job in the trenches.
Tyler Shelton (#72, defensive line, senior)
-Converted offensive lineman who is tough to stop regardless of the side of the ball he plays on.
Bradley Goodwin (#40, linebacker, sophomore)
-Great instinctive defender who flys to the ball and does an impressive job at the second level of the defense.
Outlook: Most in the world of high school football did not predict such a hot start for the Lenoir City Panthers. No disrespect to the program, but many were not expecting much after a 3-8 season in which they never scored more than 21 in a contest and barely snuck in to the playoffs before bowing out against the Eagles in Round One.
They have done nothing short of surprise everyone by scoring an average of more than 22 points a game, with two of the scores being more than 30 points. I think with the dual-threat capabilities of Gabe Williams will give the Eagles fits, but I think Rhea County gets it done in the end.
Brian’s Pick: Rhea County 35, Lenoir City 21
Region 4-5A Standings
1. Lenoir City (3-1, 1-0)
2. Rhea County (2-2, 1-0)
3. Soddy-Daisy (3-1, 0-1)
4. Walker Valley (0-4, 0-1)
*Other Region 4-5A games
Knoxville Catholic @ Soddy-Daisy (Brian’s pick: Catholic by 21)