Spring City, Dayton City to meet on gridiron Thursday night
A county rivalry will be renewed this week as the Bulldogs and Sweatbees square off at Gabbert Field Thursday night. Spring City (6-0) enters the game with a perfect record and outside of a sluggish first half against Whitwell on Aug. 29, has cruised through the season.
Last year’s contest was an instant classic. In a game that saw both teams take a two-possession lead, Spring City’s late push in the second half vaulted the Bulldogs to a thrilling 34-28 overtime victory over their country rivals on homecoming night.
It would not be out of the question to see a similar type showdown Thursday evening with several playmakers on both offenses leading the way. However, with the stingy play of both defenses thus far, it could easily turn into a defensive slugfest with field position and turnovers going a long way in determining the victor.
The Bulldogs are averaging 39. 3 points per game while allowing just 4.3 points per contest including a trio of shutouts over Sequatchie County, Whitwell and Jasper.
Dayton City (3-2) is licking its wounds heading into the showdown and hopeful to snap a two-game skid after three straight dominant wins to begin the season. The Bees have looked sharp on offense at times averaging 37.2 points per outing while allowing just 13.6 points per game including shutouts against Sale Creek and Oakdale.
RCHS head football coach Mark Pemberton and his Varsity Golden Eagle coaching staff (including SCMS head coach Anthony Loden and SCMS assistants Roy Guthrie, Wiley Brackett and Allen Lane) have plenty to look forward to with eighth graders from both schools set to join forces as freshmen next season. Head coach Jeff Hill who is assisted by Joe Dupre, Zack Davis, Jacob Williams and Joe Grimes round out the Dayton City coaching staff.
Jaxon Reed, Hunter Crowe, Caleb Carr, Ethan Mosley, Cooper Brackett and Latron Alloway are all names to watch out for on the Spring City sideline Thursday night. Dayton has its own share of talent as well with the likes of Rex Pendergrass, Ethan Davis, Bryce Dupre, Luke Henry, Ace Robinson and Brayden Grimes.
While revenge will certainly be on the minds of the Sweatbees after last season’s result at John Mincy Field, DCS is also just looking to pick up a win and get back on track. The Bulldogs have already secured the No. 1 seed in the Sequatchie Valley Conference playoffs. However, a win Thursday gives SCMS a perfect regular season record as it prepares to host the No. 4 seed in the opening round next week.
At the end of the day, these players have grown up together, know each other and share friendly ties. Before they know it, they’ll all be wearing green and gold but come Thursday night, it’s about pride and bragging rights are on the line.
Kickoff for the rivalry clash is set for 7 p.m. at Gabbert Field in Dayton located behind Rc3. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@rheaheraldnews) for score updates, photos, video clips and more!