Top Matchup: Cleveland at Bradley Central - Both teams at full strength

Cleveland's Romeo Wykle catches the game-winner against Rhea County in the first game of the season. The Blue Raiders square off against arch rival Bradley Central in this week's Top Matchup. PHOTO: WTVC Sports.

It's time to take an up close look at this week's Top Matchup.

Cleveland at Bradley Central.

Two longstanding rivals, now in the same region, with more on the line than just bragging rights.

"Here in this town, it's a big deal," Cleveland coach Scott Cummings said.

He and his staff are also careful to not put any more pressure on his players.

They know what's at stake.

Cummings pointed out it's small details that add up to winning. "It's all about us still learning that the little things are what matters, It's effort."

The 3-1 Blue Raiders come into this game at full strength.

In last week's loss to Knox Catholic, starting quarterback Kellye Cawood played only one quarter because he was sick.

And the explosive Keegan Jones was sitting out for an ejection the previous week.

They both should suit up for Bradley Central. "Any time you can get back, you know a guy Keegan's got like four offers right now and Kellye's a really strong armed quarterback. So, any time you get these caliber of kids on your football team, it's going to help you have a chance to win some football games," Cummings noted.

The Bradley Central Bears should be ready to go as well.

They had a bye week, giving them more time to heal up and more time to study Cleveland.

Bears coach Damon Floyd acknowledged, "We're pretty healthy for the most part. We're thinking we're getting Chris Cash back from an ankle injury in the Farragut game. Other than that, we got some dings and bruises like everybody else but for the most part, everybody's ready to go."

The Bears quarterback Dylan Standifer will lead the way with UTC verbal commit Lameric Tucker available as another weapon.

Coach Floyd knows Cleveland is stacked as well. "Cleveland's a great team, they got a great program, have for many years. They've got some very talented athletes, very well coached, we have all the respect in the world for them. You know it's going to be a physical game. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will come out the winner."

Coach Cummings expects a game down to the wire. "If I was a betting man, I guess I'd have to kind of call it a draw right now. It'd be a pick'em game I think."

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