The DTC Sports crew will be in Carthage this Friday night, as the Smith County Owls host the Watertown Purple Tigers in a non-Region clash of area powers. Friday's meeting will mark the first time in 33 years that the Owls and Purple Tigers have met on the football field. The two teams last met during the 1984 season, which resulted in a 34-29 win for Watertown over the Owls. In all, Smith County has won 14 of 21 meetings against Watertown since the two teams first met in 1938. However, Watertown has won the last five meetings, in 1970, then from 1981-84.
Watertown (6-2 Overall, 3-1 Region 4-2A) has won five games in a row after a 1-2 start to the season, and has clinched a second place finish in Region 4-2A, plus a playoff berth. Expected to be somewhat of a rebuilding season, the Purple Tigers have posted a third straight winning season behind an offense averaging 25.4 points and 300.8 yards per game. The Purple Tiger defense has allowed 17.5 points per game and allowed 239.9 yards per game. The offense has been led by the all around play of junior Heath Price, who has 381 rushing yards, 47 passing yards, and 512 receiving yards on 109 total touches. Price has been part of 14 of Watertown's 26 offensive touchdowns this season. Sophomore running back Deramus Carey has rushed for 367 yards and 5 TDs, while junior QB Bryce Webster has tallied 750 passing yards and 7 TDs, with no interceptions.
Smith County (6-2 Overall, 3-1 Region 4-3A), meanwhile, moved back into first place in Region 4-3A last Friday night, with a 48-0 win over Cannon County, coupled with York Institute's 20-14 win at Sequatchie County. If the Owls win their last two remaining games and York Institute beats Cannon County in Week 11, the Owls will clinch their first Region/District Championship since the 2011 season. Behind a veteran offensive lineup, the Owls have averaged 35.4 points and 402.5 yards per game. A defense that struggled earlier in the season has vastly improved in recent weeks, allowing only 18.6 points and 236.9 total yards per game. Senior QB Carson Hackett has passed for 1,501 yards, ran for another 619 yards, and has scored 24 total touchdowns this season. Bryant Goolsby adds seven rushing TDs, while the senior duo of Shermar King and Jaylon Shepperson have combined to catch 84 passes for 1,109 yards and 14 TDs.
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