Warriors turn attention to North Greene

By Wes Holtsclaw

   Said Tim Whaley: "If we play like we can, then I know we can come out with a win."
   After a tough loss on the road to 3-A power Gatlinburg-Pittman, the Happy Valley Warriors are entering week nine of the regular season looking to get back in the win column.
   Led by 3-A state player of the week Ben Hess, the Highlanders gave Happy Valley their hands full in a 35-14 win.
   "(Hess) was an outstanding back," said Warrior coach Stan Ogg, "We missed some tackles, and we addressed that yesterday."
   Currently at second place in the conference, the Warriors host the North Greene Huskies in what should be a dominant affair for the folks on the hill.
   However, Coach Ogg believes that his squad shouldn't overlook the Huskies for a week ten game against South Greene.
   "There's no question, we can't look ahead to South Greene," he said. "We've got to take care of business. We're searching for a win, because we've had our hind-ends handed to us. We've got to do something about it this week."
   North Greene is coming off of a big win over the Unaka Rangers, a game in which quarterback Dustin Collins threw for over a 100 yards, and Thomas Ormsbee rushed for close to 200 yards.
   "They've got good skill players, and they concern us," Ogg said. "They could give us some problems, and we've got to cut them down. North Greene always has trickery stuff and skill players.
   "(Collins) has a strong arm and can throw it, and (Ormsbee) has a nice attack, he runs and catches it a lot."
   The big question this week for the Warriors is the ability of Tim Whaley and Lamar Rollins.
   "They've both been cleared today, we didn't know about them," said Ogg. "They will both be questionable, so we'll have to see how the next two days go. It will be a gametime decision."
   Whaley believes he will be ready for the contest after getting bruised up against Pittman.
   "I'm a lot better, just bruised," said Whaley. "I know we've played hard all season and we've got to continue that this week. But I hope to be back out."
   Said Cody Cannon: "Well, we've seen film on them and they've got good athletes, but they just never had the team to build around them. We've got to get on the winning track this week."
   Warrior junior lineman Daniel Dover has had some good weeks on the field this season, and believes the team will be ready for this week.
   "Well, we worked hard and kind of just had a letdown, but we've learned a lot from it," said Dover. "I'm feeling positive about this game. We'll be okay and the line is dedicated.
   "We take a lot of pride shutting teams down, and we'll have to put a lot of pressure on them, but we'll be fine."
   A lot of the focus this season on the hill has been placed on freshmen Todd Caldwell and Ryan Garland. Caldwell started the last two games at quarterback, while Garland has been a secondary threat all season long.
   "It felt good to have the opportunity to step up for my team," said Caldwell. "I did some things wrong that I'll have to get better at, but as a team we still have to have the mentality of playing better football."
   "We've done a good job in the secondary this year," said Garland. "I look forward to North Greene throwing it at us some this week. It's been fun this year and I can't wait to get it going for this program."
   It appears as if the Warriors will be ready to play a good game against the Huskies this week, and with a strong win, could possibly set up a game for a big home playoff berth.