2023 Record: 55-8
Last Week: 1-0
All aboard the Chattanooga Choo Choo. For the first time in school history, the East Robertson Indians will play for a football state championship.
Last week, the Indians took down yet another unbeaten in the Class 2A playoffs, slipping past York Institute in a 35-31 nail-biter.
Now, one team stands between the Indians and high school football immortality. Can East Robertson cap a storied season by lifting the gold ball in Chattanooga?
Let’s dive right into the Class 2A state championship:
East Robertson Indians (13-1) vs Riverside Panthers (12-2)
What more could you ask for a state championship matchup? Two Mr. Football finalists taking center stage with a gold ball on the line.
East Robertson junior Isaiah Groves has been a world-beater this season. The speedster from Cross Plains has been electric for the Indians offense, totaling 3,392 all-purpose yards and 36 touchdowns. He seems to be the odds-on favorite to lift the Class 2A Mr. Football award on Dec. 5 at Nissan Stadium.
But on the opposite sideline of Groves this upcoming Saturday will be another phenomenal player in consideration for the distinguished honor. Riverside quarterback Stone Wallace has been brilliant in his final season in Decaturville.
The senior dual-threat QB accumulated 2,171 yards and 29 TDs in the regular season. He will lead his Panthers into their second consecutive Class 2A state championship game.
Last season, Riverside was within arm’s reach of capturing its first state championship. The Panthers led Tyner 15-0 after the conclusion of the first quarter, but fell to the Rams 26-24 in an instant classic.
Can Riverside complete its revenge tour versus the Indians?
This game will come down to which defense can make the key plays and slow down the other team’s Mr. Football hopeful. All year long, the East Robertson defense has stood tall when the game was on the line.
I don’t expect anything different this Saturday, despite the Indians potentially facing their toughest opponent of the season.
Robertson County, stand up. The Indians capture their first state title on Saturday afternoon in Chattanooga.
Prediction: East Robertson 28, Riverside 27