Football Preview: Fulton at Alcoa

When: Friday

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Alcoa (3-0), Fulton (1-2)

Previous meeting: No one who saw it will ever forget the sinkhole game. With a little over six minutes remaining in last year's contest in Knoxville, a sinkhole the diameter of a lighting pole opened along the Fulton sideline. Play was suspended at that point and resumed the next afternoon, but it made little difference. The Tornadoes went on to finish what they'd started, closing out the Falcons, 27-7, at Goddard Field.

Last week: After knocking Loudon quarterback Wade Plemons out of the game late in the opening half, Alcoa went on to steamroll the Redskins, 42-3, in the District 4AA opener for both teams. The Tornadoes rushed for 271 yards with seniors Taharin Tyson, Darrell Warren and sophomore Jarod Crenshaw each finding the end zone for touchdowns. Alcoa threw the ball only seven times, with senior Isom cradling two of quarterback Austin Tallant's passes for touchdowns. Austin-East dropped the Falcons, 19-6, last week. Fulton quarterback Ben Winters scored on a 7-yard run to open the scoring before Fulton shut the door.

Keep an eye on: Does anyone remember the last time the Tornadoes attempted at least 10 passes in a game? It's been a while, and, the way Alcoa's Matrix backfield is chewing through opponents, that isn't likely to change anytime soon. Defensively, the Tornadoes are getting a big year from defensive linemen Jonivan Henry, Zach Chapman, Jordan Patrick and Warren. When Warren moves to linebacker on occasion, watch everything he does. It's really something. So far this season, Warren, Tyson and junior Vanderbilt Hambrick have each enjoyed big nights out of the backfield. Look for The Future - Crenshaw and fellow sophomore Ezekial Koko - to trip the light fantastic soon. There has never, ever, been a receiver at Alcoa quite Isom. What in the world is UT waiting on? Keep it up. UK's going to do it again: Randall Cobb, Randall Cobb, Randall Cobb. It all starts and ends with Winters for Fulton, so he's the Falcon to watch. If Alcoa's offensive line continues to pound teams, it won't matter much, though.

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