I regret to inform you that I am not perfect. I know, it’s shocking.
After nailing each one of Sept. 4’s games, I did get one wrong last week. My condolences to the Rossview Hawks for underestimating them against Northeast.
This week is a full one with six games thanks to only one Montgomery vs. Montgomery matchup. It would be seven, but Dyer County had to cancel against Northeast due to positive COVID-19 tests, resulting in a forfeit and a victory for the Eagles. I could claim that one as a pick ‘em win, but I’m a nice guy, so I’ll let that one pass.
Let’s get into it.
Clarksville Wildcats (1-1) vs No. 18 Henry County Patriots (2-2)
For the first time this season, we have a Clarksville school going up against an opponent ranked in the Main Street Preps Top 25.
This rematch of the 2019 postseason second round sends the Wildcats to Paris, Tenn. to face the Patriots who are coming off a blowout loss at Brentwood.
Going to Henry County is always a tall task for any team in the city. Not only is it a long bus trip, but HCHS is consistently one of the top teams in the state as demonstrated by their recent run of dominance in Region 7-5A.
The Wildcats should have a bit of confidence heading into Friday’s game after beating Rockvale, but the Rockets are absolutely nothing compared to this week’s titan of a team. Unfortunately for Clarksville, I don’t see a way they can get past Henry County this time around.
Prediction: Henry County 45, Clarksville 10
Rossview Hawks (1-1) vs Station Camp Bison (0-4)
The Hawks are coming off a weird win on Friday, beating the Northeast Eagles 7-4. They played with swagger, especially defensively, and that should carry over to their next contest.
The poor Bison have had it rough early on, and their schedule has done them zero favors with losses in their last three games to Gallatin, Hendersonville and Springfield. Ouch. Their first game of the season was a two-score loss to White House, and personally, I see Rossview falling somewhere in between the Commandos and Blue Devils. Obviously, that doesn’t bode well for the Bison.
Rossview has only scored 14 points through their first two games, but it’s not due to a lack of playmakers. This game could be the perfect change to find their feet and put some points on the board while their stiff defense keeps Station Camp at an arm's length.
Prediction: Rossview 21, Station Camp 0
Dyer County Choctaws (2-1) vs Northeast Eagles (1-1)
Like I previously said, this game has been surrendered by Dyer County, meaning the Eagles will exit this week 2-1 with two region wins. Not bad.
I’ll fill this space with this: the Detroit Lions are so disappointing. They had a win against the Chicago Bears all but locked up, gave it away, then quite literally let victory slip through their fingers again. Sigh. Maybe I’ll just become a Titans fan.
Prediction (and technical result as has already been decided): Northeast 2, Dyer County 0. No credit for this one.
Northwest Vikings (1-1) vs Kenwood Knights (0-2)
This is the first game this week to really make me sweat. If the Vikings have quarterback Ryan Silverstrim, then they’ll probably run away with the game. However, after he was hurt last week against Montgomery Central and was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures, his backup was hurt, too. If Northwest is down their first two quarterbacks, this game is 100 percent wide open and possibly even leaning in the Knights’ favor.
Things have been rocky for Kenwood so far. After qualifying for the postseason in 2019, they’ve lost both of their games by double digits to good-not-great teams. Head coach Les Greer saw improvement in their second game, but they were still blown out.
There’s a lot hanging on Silverstrim’s condition. If he can play, I believe the Vikings take this one without too much fuss. However, if he can’t, it’s a level playing field.
As a whole, I still think the Vikings have a better football team so it feels fair to pick them. I just would not be surprised at all if Jaylen Washington and the Knights took this game.
Prediction: Northwest 24, Kenwood 21
West Creek Coyotes (1-1) vs Portland Panthers (1-3)
Finally, a rematch of what was perhaps the most insane game of 2019. Last season, the Coyotes beat the Panthers 51-50 right after Portland had beaten Montgomery Central and Greenbrier by double digits in back-to-back weeks. This is one contest I picked wrong and had absolutely no qualms about doing so because there was simply no predicting that kind of outcome.
Both teams appear to have taken slight steps back this year, though it could be said that the Coyotes are perhaps on par with their 2019 selves. They struggled mightily against Northwest and probably didn’t do their best against the Cheatham County Cubs despite the win. They’ll need to do better than 19 points to beat Portland.
Portland’s only win this year has come against Forrest, a team that probably can be placed in the same tier as the Coyotes. The Panthers are the favorites here, but if Ti Anthony Wagner can have a big game, West Creek can take it.
Prediction: Portland 28, West Creek 16
Montgomery Central Indians (2-0) vs Creek Wood Red Hawks (4-0)
Finally, some good food.
The Indians have looked like a team desperate for revenge after falling short of the postseason last year despite a strong season. They’ve beaten Portland and Northwest, albeit by small margins, and they’re doing it differently than they did in the past. Instead of an all-out ground attack, they’re leaning on their junior quarterback Logan Sykes to make plays. So far, he has.
But Creek Wood is absolutely the best team they’ll have faced so far… and vice versa.
These two teams are going to test each other like they haven’t been tested yet. The Red Hawks get a check for home field advantage and in-game experience, but the Indians have probably faced the best opponent between the two teams in Northwest with Creek Wood’s game against Greenbrier being a close second.
All in all, this game could absolutely end up deciding who gets a home field first round playoff game and the right to finish second behind Springfield in Region 5-4A. This is an incredibly tough pick.
Prediction: Montgomery Central 20, Creek Wood 19
Clarksville Academy Cougars (0-2) vs Trinity Christian Lions (2-2)
I know next to nothing about Trinity Christian, so I’m not going to pretend otherwise.
What I do know is that the Cougars have not been fortunate this season and are slated to take a long bus ride to Jackson.
I can say with confidence that Trinity Christian is not as good as Jackson Christian, and I have faith that Clarksville Academy can make this game much closer than their last, but with such a thin roster and a bevy of injuries already on the books, it’s going to be incredibly hard for them to return home with a win.
Prediction: Trinity Christian 28, Clarksville Academy 17