Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017

FCS visits Trousdale Co. tonight

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Dont expect the unexpected tonight as Friendship Christian travels to Trousdale County for a second round game in the Class 2A playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at John Kerr Field.

Live radio coverage can be heard on WTNK FM 93.5 and AM 1090.

I think we know each other pretty well, said FCS head coach John McNeal, Its kind of hard to get much off their game film from the past couple of weeks because theyve subbed out early and you really dont know what theyre trying to do.

I think both of us will look more to the film from back in September.

The two teams met in the regular season back on Sept. 29 and after a scoreless first half, Trousdale County pulled away for a 17-0 victory -- by far the most competitive game for the Yellow Jackets this season.

I think it will come down to who makes the first mistake and who takes advantage of it. I thought we played well last time, but we did not maintain any offensive drives, McNeal said.

Defensively, we played great. The only thing I think we could do better is to make some stops. Our offense and defense must help each other. Defense get off the field, offense move the chains and keep the defense off the field.

The way Trousdale County plays, they love to grind the ball and run the clock. You give them the ball and it may be seven or eight minutes before you get it back. It always seems to be a battle.

Trousdale County comes in 9-1 overall off a bye week and winners of nine consecutive games since a season opening loss.

FCS stands 8-3, winners of four in a row since that meeting in Hartsville, including a 42-0 home victory over Jackson County last week in the first round.

Tonights winner will tackle the winner of the Rockwood - Boyd Buchanan game in the third round. Should FCS win tonight, the Commanders would travel next week.

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