Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: William Blount (0-1), Karns (0-1)
Previous meeting: The Governors won in a thriller a year ago, getting a two-point conversion run after a touchdown with four seconds remaining to extract a 35-34 win. It was 14-14 at the half on a night William Blount passed for 192 yards, adding 175 yards on the ground. Karns rang up three fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 34-27 lead with time waning.
Last week: Sevier County pressured Governor quarterback Zach Witt relentlessly in a 42-14 Smoky Bear win in the opener for both teams last week. On the other side of the ball, the Bears rushed for 222 yards and threw for another 139, Sevier County opening a 35-0 lead at the half.
The Beavers fell, 12-3, in a defensive battle at Heritage last week. The Mountaineers did a number on the Karns offense, limiting the Beavers to 15 yards on the ground, 46 through the air. It took 32 carries for the Beavers to amass those 15 yards rushing. The only Karns highlight proved a Corey Hicks 40-yard field goal to give the Beavers a 3-2 advantage at the half.
Keep an eye on: Junior Zach Owen replaced Witt in the second half, Owen connecting with receiver Jesse Crisp for a nicely-done, 21-yard touchdown pass. Crisp and junior Hunter Saunders are both big-play receivers. In junior Greg Cook and senior Dalton Wheeler, the Governors have a pair of home-run backs. Witt wasn’t sharp in taking his first live snaps since an appendectomy four weeks ago, but then the William Blount line struggled in keeping the Smoky Bears out of Witt’s passing pocket all game. The Beavers likely don’t possess the sheer team speed Sevier County brought to Mike White Field, but it was as much a story of William Blount missed tackles as Smoky Bear brilliance last week.