Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Alcoa (4-0, 1-0), Scott County (3-1, 0-1)
Previous meeting: The Tornadoes rolled to a 42-15, District 4AA victory a year ago, with the 15 Highlander points coming in the fourth quarter against Alcoa reserves. The starters put it away before the half, where the Tornadoes held a 28-0 lead. Then freshman Ezekial Koko had touchdown runs of 49 and 33 yards in the fourth quarter.
Last week: Alcoa held Fulton to 35 yards rushing last week - on 19 carries. Senior Darrell Warren scored four touchdowns on only five carries as the Tornadoes pounded the Falcons for a 309-yard rushing night. Senior Taharin Tyson and sophomore Mustafa Anthony also had touchdown runs for Alcoa. Receiver Steven Isom tossed a 63-yard touchdown pass to running back Vanderbilt Hambrick. The Highlanders pasted Southwestern, Ky., 43-13, in the tune-up for the Tornadoes a week ago.
Keep an eye on: Koko had a big game in this one last year. Classmate Jarod Crenshaw may join him in a repeat performance on Friday. Many feel the No. 1-ranked Tornadoes may be the best team in the state, regardless of classification, this season. While that’s debatable, the twin-fisted rushing attack of Warren and Tyson is likely to prove a bit much for the Highlanders. Thrown in the change of speed Hambrick adds, and Alcoa may be hard pressed to attempt a single pass on Friday. If things get out of hand and play yields to reserves, sophomore Landon Turbyfill is Alcoa’s quarterback of the future. He’s a lot like the player he’ll replace next season, current senior Austin Tallant. A preview of a Turbyfill to Lajaun Warfield connection to come would be something to see.