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2019 RECORD: 42-10 

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Following a much needed bye-week, teams across Sumner County jump back into action trying to close out the final leg of the 2019 regular season. 

Sumner County games will be highlighted by Gallatin vs. Hendersonville. The two teams have played 72 times with the Green Wave holding a commanding 52-19-1 record over the Commandos. 

However since 2002, the two teams have played to a 10-9 record with Gallatin holding the edge. 

Other big games in the county include Station Camp at Beech, MUS at JPII, Portland at Springfield, Westmoreland at East Robertson, and White House vs. Creek Wood. 

Without further ado, my Week 9 picks and previews. 

Beech (7-0) vs. Station Camp (0-7) 

This matchup between the Bucs and Bison dates back to 2007 where the Bucs hold a 12-1 record over Station Camp, including 12 straight wins. These two teams did meet twice in 2011 with Beech winning both contests. 

This is a non-league game, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be passion on both sidelines. 

Coming into the game most people would say that Beech has the advantage. 

That said, the Bucs cannot stroll into this game and pretend the win will be handed to them. 

Station Camp has had over a week to prepare for what the Bucs do, so I’m sure they will give their best effort of the season. 

This can also be classified as a trap game for Beech if they are not careful, because everyone in the mid-state knows what looms around the corner: the region title game versus Gallatin. 

We in the media, and fans can afford to look ahead, but these coaches and players cannot. 

I think the coaching staffs will have their teams ready to play, and I think the Buc train keeps rolling for another week. 

PICK: BEECH 42, STATION CAMP 7 

Gallatin (7-0) vs. Hendersonville (3-4) 

The Sumner County Game of the Week invades Gallatin this week as the Hendersonville Commandos come to town looking to get back to .500 football. 

These two teams have played a total of 72 times over the last few decades with Gallatin holding a 52-19-1 record over their county counterpart. 

However, over the last 19 meetings the teams have played very close with the Green Wave holding a 10-9 record. 

Looking at the tale of the tape, the Commandos sit at 3-4 overall and the Green Wave at 7-0, and at first glance you may say to yourself, ‘this is a cake walk for Gallatin’.

Not so fast my friends. 

Yes Hendersonville is 3-4 but they are much better than their record and could easily be 5-2, or even 6-1.

The Commandos have suffered two one-point loss games and a seven point loss against Independence in game they carried a second half lead. 

Friday night at the Wave Yard will be electric, and I think players will get a feel for what the playoffs are going to bring. 

Gallatin will be without their starting quarterback Isaiah Briscoe leaving Montez Banks to run the show under center. 

Everyone knows the Green Wave game plan is to give Spencer Briggs the football, so how this coaching staff gets the edge will be a major key. 

Defensively the Commandos are playing sound football, and you know they are going to load the box Friday night and force Gallatin to beat them in the air.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game with my colleagues for weeks, and the biggest advantage I think in this game will be that it is at Gallatin. It is tough to win at the Wave Yard.

PICK: GALLATIN 14, HENDERSONVILLE 7 

Pope John Paul II (4-3) vs. MUS (6-1)

The Knights welcome in Memphis University School Friday night for a very important region game. 

If JPII has any hopes of making the post-season, the have to win Friday night.

The good news for JPII is they have had an extra week of preparation for the Owls, so it will be interesting to see if the coaching staff has any tricks up their sleeves. 

Looking at their opponent, MUS has just one loss on the season, a three-point defeat to MBA four weeks ago.

In their wins this season they are averaging 41.5 points-per-game while giving up just 6.6 points-per-game. 

Friday night is going to be a tough game for JPII to manage in my opinion. This season may not turn out the way that many fans and players wanted, but there are still a lot of good things left to accomplish.

I’ve been proven wrong before in the past, and I wouldn’t hate being proved wrong again, but I just don’t see how the Knights can pull out the win. 

PICK: MUS 42, JPII 17 

Portland (4-4) at Springfield (4-3)

The Portland Panthers hit the road for an all important Region 5-4A game at Springfield this week after falling at home to Trousdale County in Week 8. 

The Panthers scored their lowest point totals of the season last week, putting up just 7 points against the Yellow Jackets. 

Hopefully the Panthers can have more success in Week 9 against the Springfield Yellow Jackets.

On the positive side of things, Portland does sit atop the region standings at 3-1, but if they want any part of winning a region championship they must win Friday night on the road.

The Jackets are 4-3 on the season following two consecutive losses to Marshall County and Montgomery Central. 

Springfield has shown the ability to put points on the board and shown they can win the close games, minus last Friday night. 

I think the difference in the game is the offenses for each team.

Portland is explosive while Springfield has struggled in recent weeks to put points on the board. 

I’m rolling with the Panthers to pull this win out on the road and play for the region title at home in Week 10 against Creek Wood. 

PICK: PORTLAND 35, SPRINGFIELD 21 

Westmoreland (4-3) at East Robertson (3-4)

The Eagles travel for an all important region contest at East Robertson Friday night. 

Currently the Eagles are on the outside looking in to the playoff picture, and with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season they must win Friday night. 

On the other end, the Indians know that if they can pull off the win against Chad Perry’s squad, they almost guarantee themselves a spot in the post-season. 

The Eagles are coming off a tough loss to Watertown where they were shoutout 35-0. Hopefully with a week to prepare, the Eagles are coming in to Friday night with a fresh mindset and ready to tackle the final three games on their schedule. 

I just don’t see how the Eagles miss the playoffs this year with such a talented roster. I’m rolling with Westmoreland in this game, and their final three games. 

PICK: WESTMORELAND 35, EAST ROBERTSON 14 

White House (3-4) vs. Creek Wood (6-1)

The Blue Devils started the 2019 season out with a promising 3-0 mark, but have quickly come back down to earth the last several weeks dropping four games in-a-row. 

Week 9 does not get any easier for Ryan Hamilton’s team as they welcome in 6-1 Creek Wood.

The Red Hawks on offense are tough to stop, averaging 36 points-per-game, including four times scoring over 40 points. 

Defensively I don’t believe the Blue Devils are going to give up that many points, especially at home, but Friday night is going to be tough to win.  

That said, Ranen Blackburn has been a highlight reel for the Blue Devils offense so if he can get going, anything can happen. 

That said, I still like Creek Wood to come in and get the win and improve to 7-1 on the season. 

PICK: CREEK WOOD 35, WHITE HOUSE 21

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