Warriors open region play against Summit

By | August 31, 2017 9:25 am

Grayson Johnson runs through the hole created by his offensive line last week. Johnson scored the first Warriors’ touchdown of the season this past Friday night. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriors open their region slate this week when Summit High School makes it way onto Dee Harris Field.

This will be the first time the Warriors and the Spartans have ever faced-off on the gridiron. Summit, who started its football program in 2011, had a rough go the first few years. The Spartans went 4 and 26 in the first three years. But since Brian Coleman took over the Spartans, the team has gone 12-12 over the past two seasons.

The Spartans finished last year with a 7-4 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Cane Ridge 35-21. This year, Summit has started off the season with a 1-1 record. Summit lost its first game of the season to Spring Hill, which is ranked eighth in the AP Tennessee High School Rankings for Class 4A and recorded its first ever win over Independence last week 31-17.

This year, on the offensive side of the ball, Summit is led by senior running-back Tai Carter. Carter was a 2016 all-region selection and ran for 1,376 yards and 17 touchdowns a season ago. This season, Carter has already rushed for 250 yards in the first two games. The Spartans are also anchored down by five seniors on the offensive line.

On the defensive side of the ball, Carter, a cornerback on that side of the ball, is a significant factor. The Spartans also return their two middle linebackers on their defense.

The Warriors are coming into this contest with a 0-2 start to the young season. With losses to Livingston Academy and Warren County, the Warriors will look to turn the tides against the Spartans.

Last week, the Warriors’ offense seemed to find its identity a little, gaining 223 yards of total offense. Grayson Johnson led the Warriors’ offense, with 126 yards on 15 carries. But for the Warriors to be successful this week, the Warriors will have to cut out the turnovers. The Warriors have turned the ball over 10 times in the first two games of the season, and to be successful, the Warriors will have to be turnover free.

The Warriors will look to start off their region play with a win on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Dee Harris Field.

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