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Top Matchup: Ooltewah at Soddy Daisy

Soddy Daisy players get in a groove before last Friday's game with Knox Catholic. The Trojans host Ooltewah Friday. Photo: WTVC Sports

Ooltewah and Soddy Daisy are not in the same region anymore, but don't let that fool you about this rivalry.

This season they're both 3-2 and piling up the points.

Soddy averages 39 points per game, Ooltewah's putting up 43 a game.

But you can throw that out the window.

Each coach said this game is hard to predict.

Soddy Daisy's two losses are each by only one point.

The Trojans have come a long way from last year's injury plagued season.

Last Friday, they played powerhouse Knox Catholic to a one point loss.

The Trojans racked up a 21 point first quarter, but committed three straight turnovers in the second.

Coach Justin Barnes said his team learned a lot from that defeat. "Pretty proud of the way our guys played. The had heard all week that we were going to lose and get beat by 80. That's not a mentality we have. We tell them each week that if we go out and play our game, it's going to be hard for anybody to beat us. "

Coach Barnes said quarterback Gavin Chambers is making good decisions and Ty Boeck has been solid in the backfield and at outside linebacker.

Meanwhile, the Owls make a living on big plays.

Sincere Quinn averaged 20.5 yards a carry last week.

The junior has also gotten stronger in the off-season.

Coach Mac Bryan noted, "He's explosive now, there's no doubt about it. He gets a crease, he's hard to handle and the thing I've been impressed with the year we've seen this year, he's run hard, he's broken tackles."

The Owls have been good in the trenches.

The offensive line is very experienced.

Coach Bryan said they're also an intelligent group.

The unit's value is obvious. "It's critical. I thought this would be one of the better lines we've ever had. We're big enough. We've got some size. Definitely I think coach Dunbar has done a great job with them. Right now, we're doing a pretty good job in the trenches against people," Bryan said.


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