Warriors look to pick up a win following bye week
By Andy Southard | September 27, 2018 12:11 pm
The White County High School football team returns to action this Friday, after a week off, and will take on a solid Shelbyville football team.
WCHS comes into the game winless on the season, with a 0-5 record, but will look to start off the second half of their season on a positive note. A win this Friday will be well earned over a Shelbyville team that is 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in region play.
The Warriors and Golden Eagles have met 15 times on the gridiron, with the Golden Eagles holding a 14-1 record over the Warriors. The only Warriors’ win was in 2004 when the Warriors picked up a 13-3 win. These two teams met last year, with the Golden Eagles pulling out the 45-8 win.
So far this season, the Golden Eagles picked up a win over Tullahoma in their opening game of the season. However, they would drop their second game to Marshall County 24-21. The Eagles are coming into Friday night’s game on a three-game win streak, picking wins over Warren County, Lincoln County, and Stewarts Creek.
Like last year, the Golden Eagles’ offense looks to be one of the strongest in the state, averaging 32.2 points per game. Senior quarterback Grayson Tramel and one of his favorite targets, Airius Trice, led the Golden Eagles’ offense. Last week against Stewarts Creek, Tramel was 17-28 for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Trice had eight catches for 188 yards.
This year, though, the Golden Eagles’ defense also looks to be improved from a season ago. The Eagles have only given up 87 points in their first five-games, and the other teams they have played are only averaging 233.5 yards of total offense against the Golden Eagles. All-State lineman Gary Smith III, who has scored a defensive touchdown in each of the last two games, leads the Eagles’ defense.
The Warriors, who are coming off a bye week, will look to return some key starters to the lineup. Allen Shoupe is one of the key returners. Shoupe got a concession before the Warriors’ previous game and will look to make his return Friday night. So far this season, the Warriors are averaging 138 yards of total offense. The Warriors average 85 yards rushing and 53 yards passing. The Warriors’ offense will have to get better, on Friday night, if they expect to stay in the game with the Golden Eagles’ high power offense.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is slated for 7 p.m.