Football Preview: Seymour at Heritage

When: Friday

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Heritage (2-1), Seymour (1-2)

Previous meeting: The Eagles forced a pair of first-half safeties and picked of two Mountaineer passes in turning back Heritage, 21-7, last season, halting a 3-0 start to the year for the Mounties. Heritage never began a drive beyond its 30-yard line. The contest was the Mountaineers fourth consecutive road game to open the season.

Last week: You have to do some checking to find a Heritage running back that did what junior Chase Cline has done the last two games. We haven’t found one yet. Cline rushed for 200 yards for the second consecutive week last Friday, but Heritage got too late a start to close the gap completely on Lenoir City, falling to the Panthers, 15-13. Quarterback Tyler Hartley finished 7-of-15 passing for only 82 yards, but too many of the Mountaineer senior’s passes were simply dropped. The Panthers finished with only 25 yards rushing on 30 carries against the Mountaineer defense. Seymour destroyed Cocke County last week. The Eagles did most of their damage on the ground, finishing with 281 yards rushing.

Keep an eye on: The Heritage receiving corps. There’s speed there. There’s talent. It’s time to light somebody up. Like right now. Opponents are bound to begin keying on Cline, dogging his every step. Dylan Burchfield is a genuine big-play maker. He’s our pick to click. Sophomores JeRell Bledsoe and Jalyn Haley both have super speed, but are they ready? Eagles’ coach Jim Moore was once the head man at Heritage, so Seymour’s going to come ready to play. Junior Corey Todd ran for three scores last week as the Eagles punished the Cocke County with the ground game. Run defense, though, has been a Heritage strong point this season. Taylor Overton, Dustin Fain and Colton Flynn also ran for scores for the Eagles.

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