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Devils Head to Nashville
Posted November 24, 2010 at 09:56 am 0 COMMENTS Bookmark and Share

The stage is almost set for the Greeneville Devils and a trip to Cookeville for the State Championship game.

Last Friday, the Devils were at home and took on the Eagles from Gibbs High School. There was a lot of anticipation going into this game, and not just because of football. There were rumors floating around Greeneville that Kenny Chesney would be performing the National Anthem; The Band Perry would also be doing the halftime show; and that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman would be there to support their fellow country music artist. Of course, none of that happened…I mean we all know that Greeneville is notorious for crazy, insane, jacked-up rumors that never happen so this was nothing new.

Despite all the anticipation on and off the field, when the ball was finally kicked off, it was go time. The Eagles hung with the boys from GHS in the first quarter…it even seemed as though this might be a close one, considering how things started out. However, late in the first, senior QB Willie Carmichael busted through the Eagles defense (like he often does) for a 26 yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead for his Devils. The Devils never looked back. The Eagles got on the board early in the second quarter when kicker Ryan Hunley put a 25 yard field goal through the uprights, but that was the last time the Eagles scored as the Devils’ defense proved once again to be downright nasty! The Eagles run game ended up being pretty impressive also with 353 yards; however, as so many teams fail to do, they could not finish once in the red zone.

After the game, Eagles’ coach Brad Conley said, “We knew we could run the football on them. All we've heard all year long is that they were the greatest team ever. My kids came up here intended to win the football game. We just didn't finish."

You’re damn right they couldn’t finish, and the Devils may not be the best team ever, but they sure have looked like it so far this season! I mean, I know you have to have confidence in your team’s abilities, but intending to win over the Devils in Burley Stadium is just simply “wishful thinking.” Maybe in your next life Coach Conley...

The Devils’ coach, Caine Ballard, said this about his defense, "Credit our defense, they bent and bent, but didn't break. We didn't change our scheme; our guys just buckled down there (in the red zone) and made plays."

I would say Coach Ballard has his defense working pretty well. The Devils have held their playoff opponents to only 12 points in three games, and the Devils offense was nothing short of dominant once again. Willie Carmichael finished the game with 154 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. BJ Spradlin rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. The Devils improved their record to 13-0 as they stomped the Gibbs Eagles 42-3 to advance to the semis and a date with the Panthers from Maplewood High School this Friday in the game that will decide who goes to Cookeville for the Championship game.

There’s no doubt that the Panthers should not be overlooked. They handed out a pretty good butt whooping to David Lipscomb High School this past Friday, winning the game 45-20 and improving their record to 12-1. However in the end, I believe the Devils will be too much for the Panthers to handle and that they’ll win the game 35-10. This will also punch my ticket to Cookeville as I have every intention of being there to watch the Devils win the State Championship game. I’m also hoping to do a pregame video with Greene County’s very own BVD, which will promise to be a nice treat.


Stephen Bethea aka “Dr. Smack” – Rivalry Rage, Inc.