BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
Greeneville's contest against visiting Signal Mountain Friday night featured a late-season showdown among state ranked teams.
The Devils passed with flying colors.
No. 2 Greeneville overwhelmed the tenth-ranked Eagles right out of the gate, scoring the first 33 points of the contest and rolling to a 47-20 victory at Burley Stadium.
"We had some adversity in the first half and we thought we would going into this game," said Greeneville head coach Caine Ballard, whose team only lead 19-0 at the half.
"That's why we play this kind of game, so we know what we have to work on going into the playoffs. There is reason why we scheduled this game in week nine. I hope we learn a lot from it and I think we will."
Senior receiver Trevor Wright led the way for Greeneville on offense with four catches for 151 yards and two spectacular touchdowns.
"Trevor Wright had a huge game. He made some big plays that really broke this game open," Ballard said.
The Eagles did a good job of slowing the Devils early, keeping Greeneville's quick-strike offense out of the end zone until there was 1:38 left in the first quarter.
Quan Wilson struck first for Greeneville from five yards out to put the home team up 6-0.
Their second touchdown came much quicker - 11 seconds later in fact. The Eagles' Diamez Franklin fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Isaiah Dabbs returned it for a touchdown.
The score revved up the Devils and seemed to deflate Signal Mountain, who turned the ball over on downs on their next series.
Greeneville added to the margin midway through the second quarter when Wright caught a stop route in soft coverage and took off for a 72-yard score. Hays Culbreth sprung the play with a key block at the 30-yard line that left Wright all alone in the open field.
Wright started the second half by again showing off his playmaking ability.
Zack Finchum threw a jump ball to the corner of the end zone and Wright went over the defensive back with the safety draped on his back to make it 26-0.
"I Just wanted to come out and send a message to 4A that were coming for the state championship this year," Wright said. "I think I played well today and the team came out and played hard."
"It's a great win. It was good to get a team that could test us. We wanted to face adversity. Signal Mountain did that and it was a great game to be a part of."
The Devils kept rolling when Desmond Dabbs' eight-yard rush made it 33-0 with 7:44 left in the third quarter.
Dabbs led the Devils on the ground with 72 yards on seven carries.
Signal Moutain finally got on the board late in the third quarter when Franklin took a counter off the right side to become the first player to score on Greeneville's starters all year long.
Finchum added a rushing touchdown and another through the air, this time to Culbreth to finish the Devils' scoring.
Finchum finished with 207 passing yards and 67 rushing yards to go with his four touchdowns.
Franklin added another score for Signal Mountain early in the fourth quarter and with four minutes left James McClellan powered his way across the goal line for the final score of the game.
McClellan was the work horse for the Eagles carrying the ball 37 times for 191 yards. Franklin added 104 yards on the ground on 19 carries.
From a statistical standpoint the two teams were very evenly matched, each gaining 394 yards of offense.