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Winds of Change: Wildcats look to upset Tornadoes

Published: 9:15 AM, 11/07/2012

Author: Brandon Keys
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

The Sweetwater Wildcats are ready to make history. After a narrow 21-20 win Friday, the program's first home playoff win since 2002, the Wildcats are looking to buck some more trends.

Alcoa and their No. 1 ranking stand in the way of Sweetwater and the third round of the TSSAA playoffs. 

At 8-3 the Wildcats are proud of what they've accomplished, but they want more.

Alcoa had a less than exciting showing against McMinn Central in the opening round. The Chargers lost that game 28-18, but were down for most of the contest. 

Wildcat head coach Craig Moser noted that it was a tough game for the Tornadoes last week, but they'll be just as tough this week. 

"They are real physical in the trenches. Our offensive and defensive lines have to perform well up front for us to win," said Moser.

The men in the trenches have played well for Sweetwater recently. After dominate running game performances against Bledsoe County and Sequoyah, the Wildcats continued their physical play rushing for more than 100 yards last week, and just giving up one sack.

Defensively, they are still dominating the line of scrimmage and that has led them to allowing just over 13 points a game. 

The line on both sides of the ball will need to play well, but Coach Moser wanted to make sure his team is ready to play at all positions. 

"We can win this game. We just need a total team effort to get it done. Everybody doing their part will help get it done," said Moser.

Last week Alcoa controlled the line of scrimmage to dominate the Chargers by rusing 42 times for 355 yards. Sweetwater has the guys up front with Zack Neil, Trevor Richesin, Jarren Turpeinen, Eli Blomstrom, and Cameron Gaines to gain control of the line.

Offensively the Wildcats will want to control the ball. 

Eli Arwood, and Nick Wicker will be focal points to stop on offense, but Coach Moser is prepared to do what they need to. 

"We plan and have different schemes every week dependĀ­ing on who we play. This team has done a great job of playing together no matter who we send out. They just want to win," said Moser. 

If the Wildcats play as well as they have in recent weeks, and control the line of scrimmage, they could surprise the Tornadoes in the round of 16.  

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