Game of the Week: Smiths Station Vs. Central


2008 was the last time Smiths Station beat Central in the backyard brawl and the Panthers know they’re underdogs once again.

“Is it a rivalry, it’s not really a rivalry. We haven’t beat them in 10 years,” said Smiths Station Head Coach, Mike Glisson.

“The David and Goliath story. That’s how we’re approaching it,” says Smiths Station Junior Quarterback Corey Minton.

“Just knowing that we’re the team that nobody expects to win, we’re going to come out and fight,” said Senior Defensive Tackle, Christian Williams. 

The Panthers are off to a 2-0 start with the help of their stingy defense and QB Corey Minton, who expects to see the biggest challenge of the season going up against Central.

“They’re very fast, their defensive lineman are really quick. We’re definitely gonna do what we have to do, says Minton. 

For Head Coach Mike Glisson, he see’s this week as a opportunity to measure just how good his team really is.

“I don’t put extra importance on it, I want to win every one of them,” says Glisson. If we can go down there and play well against Central, that would mean a lot for the rest of the year. 

The Red Devils are hoping their dominance in this rivalry continues.

“Very motivated. New year same motive to win,” said Central Senior Safety, Terrell Gordon.

“Keep the tradition going, it’s been years and years, I don’t know the exact number, but we’re not trying to be the first to give it away. We re trying to keep that tradition going, says Central Senior Wide Receiver, Robert Marsh.

The Red Devils are well aware of the motivation their rival will have when they come into their stadium on Friday night.

“We know that Smiths is going to play the best that they’ve played all year,” says Central Head Coach, Jamey Dubose. “They did  last year. I think the first quarter was zero to zero. We’re going to get their A1 game coming right out of the gate. We’re going to worry about us. We’re going to try and get better at what we’re doing and get better at us and then we’ll have a chance to win hopefully”

Kickoff for the 28th backyard brawl is slated for 8pm Eastern time at Garrett-Harrison Stadium.

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