FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Oak Ridge at Campbell County

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By Chris Cannon

When: Friday

Where: Campbell County High School; L. Hope Dossett Stadium

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Oak Ridge (8-1, 7-0 District 3-AAA) at Campbell County (3-6, 2-5)

Previous meeting: Last season, Campbell County fell hard in Oak Ridge. The Wildcats took the District 3-AAA meeting 42-7 over the Cougars.

Last week: Campbell County altered 10 school records last Friday night as it took on the Halls Red Devils. The Cougars took the win 55-20, while Ethan Jeffers, Bo Farris and Gustavo Rosas had school records during the game. While the Cougars didn’t have a good start, allowing Halls to have a 70-yard run and dropping two wide-open passes, the bounced back for the performance of a lifetime. Ethan Jeffers threw seven touchdown passes, while Bo Farris caught five.

For Oak Ridge, they come into Friday’s contest already clinching the District 3-AAA regular season crown. The Wildcats recorded 13 tackles for loss against Clinton as they steamrolled their Anderson County counterparts 53-7.

Keep an eye on: For Campbell County, it will all be about its production on offense. Coming off of a big game last week, the Cougars will go against what could be their closest rival for top defense in the district. Last week, Oak Ridge managed 13 tackles for loss, while holding the Dragons to negative 6 yards rushing. Add in their blocked punt and three interceptions, and the Wildcats are coming in red hot.

The Cougars will have to stop the sack happy Ethan Grumski at defensive end. Already this season, he’s managed 14.5 sacks. Grumski said he’s shooting for 17 total, which would match the total for the entire team last season. Ethan Jeffers will also have to watch out for Richard Turner, who leads Oak Ridge with five interceptions on the year, grabbing two against Clinton. Matt Moore and Rian Hall will be the targets for the Cougar defense, as they both combined for 324 yards of Oak Ridge’s 446 yards of offense. They also had five touchdowns.