2019 RECORD: 34-9
Week 6 was a really good week for me and my game picks, going 7-1, bringing my record to 34-9 overall. However, a new week is upon us which means a new opportunity for me to fall flat on may face.
Week 7 action is here and boy do we have some really good matchups.
Headlining week 7 action is Beech vs. Hillsboro in a massive Region 6-5A showdown, followed by Hendersonville vs. Wilson Central, Pope Jonn Paul II vs. MBA, Portland vs. White House, and Westmoreland vs. Watertown.
I will be at Beech this week to watch the Buccaneers battle the Burros, but rest assured that every Sumner County matchup will be covered by a writer and photographer this week.
Make sure you are tuning in to Episode 11 of the Sumner County football podcast where I will have a more extended preview of these matchups.
Without further ado, my week 7 picks and previews.
Beech (6-0) vs. Hillsboro (3-3)
Talk about a massive region game.
The Hillsboro Burros invade Shackle Island Friday night looking to spoil the Buccaneers perfect record and opportunity to play for a region championship in two weeks.
These two teams are very familiar with one another, playing a total of seven times since the 2014 season.
Last season the Bucs and Burros split their two matchups, but it was the Buccaneers who won the more important game in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
There is no doubt in my mind that Beech will get Hillsboro’s best game of the season so far, but even so, I still like the Bucs to come out on top.
I’ve said since the start of the season I think that Beech and Gallatin will play one another for the region title and I’m sticking with that. I’ve also said that I think the two teams will play each other in the Class 5A Quarterfinal round - but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.
First I think Beech takes care of business Friday night and moves to 7-0 on the season.
PICK: BEECH 35, HILLSBORO 28
Gallatin (6-0) at Hunters Lane (1-5)
The one thing Gallatin cannot do is overlook the Warriors this week.
Gallatin will start a new quarterback in Montez Banks as starter Isaiah Briscoe is set to miss the next several weeks with a foot injury.
Everyone in the mid-state knows the bread and butter of this football team is Spencer Briggs.
The question is can the Warriors stop it?
I don’t believe they can.
Briggs is inching ever-so-close to the single season rushing record at Gallatin, and Friday night presents a great opportunity for him to get even closer.
Will the coaching staff allow him to do so is one key I’m looking at.
All that said, Friday night should not be close.
I think the Wave pitch another shutout.
PICK: GALLATIN 42, HUNTERS LANE 0
Hendersonville (2-4) vs. Wilson Central (4-2)
Looking from the outside in it seems that Wilson Central should roll with Commandos.
As Lee Corso would say, ‘Not so fast my friend’.
The Commandos have dropped three heart-breakers in-a-row, and could very easily be 4-2 on the season.
That said, the Commandos have to get out of their own way.
Turnovers and penalties have killed this team over the last several weeks, and if they want to position themselves for a home playoff game in a few weeks they must win Friday night.
Wilson Central is a good football team, but so is Hendersonville.
It is homecoming week in Hendersonville and I fully believe the Commandos want to give their crowd something to cheer about Friday night.
I think this game comes down to fourth quarter execution and I believe the Commandos deliver.
PICK: HENDERSONVILLE 31, WILSON CENTRAL 27
Pope John Paul II (4-2) vs. MBA (3-3)
The Knights welcome in Montgomery Bell Academy for week 7 action in Hendersonville.
Following a big homecoming victory last week things get real this week.
If the Knights have any hopes of making the playoffs they must win one of the next two home games.
After starting off the season slow, the Big Red are starting to hit their stride with two wins in-a-row.
Friday night could be a long game for the Knights and their faithful. Coming into the season JPII was excited to get out of the Middle/East Region, but it seams as if the West is even tougher this year.
JPII has never fared well against the Big Red, going 1-12 against since the two started play, with their lone win coming in 2006.
I think history repeats itself Friday night and the Big Red come away with a big win.
PICK: MBA 49, JPII 21
Portland (3-3) vs. White House (3-2)
White House invades Portland this week for homecoming and a monstrous region showdown.
Portland currently sits in second place in Region 5-4A while White House is in last at 0-1 in league play.
The Panthers are coming off a tough loss last week against White House Heritage, a game that should have been won by the purple and white.
If Portland has any aspirations of competition for the region title, the MUST win this week against the Blue Devils.
Offensively the Panthers are averaging 34 points-per-game, but defensively is where Portland has struggled in recent weeks.
Giving up 42.5 points over the last two games, coach Tony Adams unit must step up and slow down the White House opposition who is more than likely going to run Ranen Blackburn at least 25 times Friday night.
If he gets going for the Blue Devils, it could be a long night for Panther fans in attendance.
Portland has won just four times over White House in the last 10 seasons, but two out of the last three seasons has gone Portland’s way.
All that said, when these two teams meet you throw the record books out the window.
I expect Friday night’s matchup to be a knock-down, drag-out old-fashioned football contest.
PICK: PORTLAND 35, WHITE HOUSE 30
Station Camp (0-6) vs. Lebanon (3-3)
The Bison welcome in Region 4-6A foe Lebanon to the East Bank Friday night looking for their first win of the season.
The Blue Devils are coming off a tough loss at home last week against Beech while the Bison fell to non-region foe Stewarts Creek.
Station Camp is struggling offensively scoring just six points-per-game while giving up 38 points-per-game, including 42 points in each of the last two games.
I think Friday night could be a long game for the Bison and their faithful.
I’m rolling with the Blue Devils in this game.
PICK: LEBANON 42, STATION CAMP 7
Westmoreland (4-2) vs. Watertown (5-1)
The Wartertown Purple Tigers invade Westmoreland Friday night in a critical Region 4-2A showdown.
If the Eagles want to host a playoff game this year the must win Friday night at home.
Watertown has had Westmoreland’s number the last few years, including last year’s two wins over the Eagles.
It is a long road trip for the Purple Tigers, but I think they still think they leave Westmoreland with a win.
PICK: WATERTOWN 42, WESTMORELAND 21