Looking back on Week 1, looking ahead to Week 2

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR STAFF
wholtsclaw@starhq.com
The first full week of Tennessee high school football came and went this past Friday night with some key rivalry matchups, including Happy Valley's victory over Unicoi County and Science Hill's comeback win over Elizabethton.
Going into the second week, the Cyclones face their first major conference test of the season against Tennessee High. Johnson County takes its victory (over West Greene) into a battle with Sullivan Central, while Hampton hosts Knox Catholic in its second outing.
Happy Valley visits West Greene, Unaka hosts North Greene and Cloudland hosts Rye Cove (Va.) to round out this week's local action.
Since the first official week is behind us, it's time to take a look at the best things to come out of the past week, predictions for the upcoming contests and some interesting numbers.
--THE BEST--
Offensive Player: Dakota Benfield, Cloudland - Benfield tallied 210 yards rushing with four touchdowns in the 'Landers' 52-21 romp over Sullivan East.
Defensive Player: Derek Nave, Elizabethton - Nave led Elizabethton's solid defensive outing against Science Hill with a 13 big tackles.
Special Teams Player: Ian Prudhomme, Johnson County - Caught a 29-yard touchdown pass, but was most effective as a kicker, where he made five extra point attempts and booted a 30-yard field goal in the 'Horns 38-6 victory over West Greene.
Trench Performance: The Cloudland offensive line unit - helped pave the way for 377 yards rushing and 430 yards of total offense against Sullivan East.
Quote: West Greene coach Barry Carter on the Buffaloes' schedule - "We're playing a touch schedule. That's not an excuse, that's just who we play. But, it doesn't matter if we are playing Mosheim Elementary if we aren't blocking and tackling better."
--PICKS OF THE WEEK--
Last week, I was 17-3, making my year-long total 39-6 in statewide predictions.
Elizabethton at Tennessee High -- The Cyclones will take out their vengeance from last Friday night into this week's big conference outing. Look for the Vikings to lead early, but Elizabethton to flourish in the end. ELIZABETHTON 28-21
Sullivan Central at Johnson County -- Both squads are coming off solid opening wins. However, I think the home field advantage will be a small factor in the game. SULLIVAN CENTRAL 16-14, OT
Knox Catholic at Hampton -- The Fighting Irish enter the week fresh off a victory against Gatlinburg-Pittman, while Hampton had the week off. The 'Dogs can win if they stop the Irish run game. HAMPTON 21-18
Happy Valley at West Greene -- Happy Valley laid the smackdown on Unicoi County last Thursday and are expected to continue their rampant run over the Buffs. WARRIORS 36-12
North Greene at Unaka -- This is a big game for Unaka after a turnover plagued outing at Hurley, VA. But it's potentially even bigger for North Greene, who is poised to do some damage in conference place. NORTH GREENE 24-19
Rye Cove (Va.) at Cloudland -- The 'Landers are fresh off a big win and shouldn't see much of a change in this weeks outing against their first Virginia opponent of the season. CLOUDLAND 52-12
Statewide Picks
Daniel Boone 16, Sullivan South 7
Sullivan East 38, Unicoi County 15
Greeneville 28, David Crockett 24
Cherokee 22, Volunteer 21
Dobyns-Bennett 32, Bearden 6
Morristown West at Cocke County
Gatlinburg-Pittman 35, Chuckey-Doak 14
Cumberland Gap 9, South Greene 6
Riverdale 40, Smyrna 20
Maryville 34, Knox Halls 13
Brentwood Academy 18, Christian Brothers 10
Goodpasture 46, Station Camp 17
Germantown 22, Whitehaven 16
McCallie 22, Father Ryan 0
--BY THE NUMBERS--
10 - Fumbles Unaka had against Hurley, Va.
24 - Length of field goal to top Elizabethton, by Science Hill.
42 - Unicoi County kicker Emmanuel Mendoza's field goal against Happy Valley.
76 - Jeff Brinker's passing yardage for Johnson County.
305 - Knox Catholic's rushing yards against Gatlinburg-Pittman.
510 - Combined rushing totals from Cloudland's Mark Byrd and Dakota Benfield through week two of the season.