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Greeneville Devils Put the Smack Down on East Ridge!!
Posted November 08, 2010 at 02:32 pm 0 COMMENTS Bookmark and Share

So there I was…standing in the end zone of Burley Stadium one hour before the  Greeneville Devils  took the field against the  East Ridge Pioneers  in their first playoff game of 2010. It was cold and rainy, and as I prepared to watch my first game on the astroturf field at Greeneville High, I couldn’t help but sense that this was a high school football wonderland. I could also sense that this wasn’t just any ol’ high school football team; this is the heartbeat of Greeneville, Tennessee…and these Devils were on a mission -- to make it back to Cookeville on December 3rd for the State Championship game…one in which they lost last year, 21-14.

As the fans began rolling in, the intensity began to build, and then it happened…the opening kickoff. Although it was somewhat of a slow start for the Devils, I knew right away who had control of this game. The Devils defense held the Pioneers to a negative -3 in rushing yards and only 66 total yards for the game.

Not only was the Devils’ defense as fierce as it gets, the offense was pretty darn good as well. Senior QB Willie Carmichael and senior tailback B.J. Spradlin were unstoppable. Carmichael rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns, while Spradlin rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown. The Devils’ offense was able to put up 387 total yards with 345 coming on the ground. The Devils won this game pretty easily 49-7 and remain unbeaten as they improved their season record to 11-0.

There is no question that Head Coach Caine Ballard has his boys looking good at the right time, as they now prepare to take on the  Fulton Falcons  this Friday night in Greeneville for round two of the playoffs. The Falcons defeated Chattanooga Central 20-7 Friday night to set their date with the Devils.

As for my trip to Burley Stadium…it was quite a treat, to say the least…and I will impatiently wait to see how the Devils do for the next three weeks as I would really like to book a trip to Cookeville for the State Championship. Yes, I am now a Greene Devils fan…even if their mascot closely resembles (and is every bit as FUGLY) the one in Durham

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