2020 RECORD: 38-18
LAST WEEK: 6-1
After a rocky start to my pick ‘em columns this year, I’ve finally started to right the ship and get better the last several weeks.
This week Sumner County has several crucial matchups, but none more significant than in Gallatin when the Beech Buccaneers visit the Wave Yard for the Region 6-5A championship.
If there were betting lines for high school football, you can bet the favorite would be the Buccaneers. After a 3-0 start to the season, Gallatin has dropped five consecutive games, including last week’s 46-0 loss at Hendersonville.
The Buccaneers are on a different trajectory. They fell in Week 1 at Powell and since then have gone on a five game winning streak.
Other Sumner County games to keep an eye on this week include Hendersonville vs. Rossview and White House at Montgomery Central.
As a reminder, COVID-19 wins do not count towards overall records. Victories are only used for region standings.
Now, let’s dive into my Week 10 selections.
Beech (5-1, 3-0) vs. Gallatin (3-5, 3-0)
The Beech Buccaneers make the trip from Shackle Island Friday night to the Wave Yard to take on the hungry Gallatin Green Wave.
Last season, the Buccaneers got the best of the Wave in the region title game, and the Green Wave want nothing more than to exact revenge.
As for who I am picking to win this game, I’m rolling with the Buccaneers. Two teams heading in opposite directions, I think Friday night could get ugly.
Gallatin’s defense has surrendered back-to-back games of 40 or more points while their offense has sputtered, scoring only 35 points over the last three games.
Beech’s running game will prove to be too much for the Green Wave defense, and you could see backups as early as the third quarter.
PICK: BEECH 49, GALLATIN 14
Hendersonville (5-3, 3-0) vs. Rossview (4-2, 2-1)
Hendersonville finds themselves in a familiar spot: playing meaningful games in late October.
The Commandos welcome in region foe Rossview Friday night for a right to host a playoff game in round one.
Sitting at 5-3 overall, Hendersonville feels their record could easily show 7-1. A talented team can hurt you in many different ways; I expect the Commandos to win this game against a good Hawks team Friday night.
After losing their opening region game to Wilson Central to start the season, Rossview bounced back to win four of their next five game games, including beating Mt. Juliet on October 2.
I expect Friday night to be a close game, but I like Hendersonville’s growth over the last several weeks.
Give me the Commandos in a close one.
PICK: HENDERSONVILLE 35, ROSSVIEW 28
Pope John Paul II (6-2, 2-2) vs. Centennial (2-6, 1-3)
The Knights welcome non-region foe Centennial to town this week, coming off a tough loss at MUS.
2020 has been tough on the Cougars, losing their last three games, including last week’s loss against Ensworth.
Defensively, Centennial has struggled. The Cougars are giving up 32 points per game, including 40 or more in three straight contests.
This game feels like a ‘get right’ game for the Knights.
I expect Antwan Roberts to showcase his skillsets as a running back Friday night, and whoever starts at quarterback, I expect to find their weapons early and often.
Give me JPII in a relatively easy victory.
PICK: JPII 42, CENTENNIAL 14
Portland (2-7, 0-5) at Creek Wood (8-0, 4-0)
The Portland Panthers make the trip to Charlotte, TN, this week to take on the unblemished Creek Wood Red Hawks.
Undefeated in league play, Creek Wood’s defense has dominated this season - giving up nine points per game.
Offensively the Red Hawks have been just as dominant, scoring at a high clip of 31 points per game.
2020 has been a tough year on the Panther football program, and it doesn’t look to get any easier this week.
While I do expect the Panthers to finish out the season with a loss on Friday night, Portland will have a bright future ahead of them with such a young core returning next season.
PICK: CREEK WOOD 35, PORTLAND 7
Station Camp (0-8, 0-3) vs. Mt. Juliet (5-2, 2-1)
Playing Mt. Juliet is never easy. A well-coached football team that is angry comes to town this week as the Golden Bears have lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2016.
The Bison have shown fight this year but lack the ability to score or stop opponents from scoring.
By now, you’ve seen the numbers, so there is no need for me to continue shoving them in your face.
Friday night will be a tough go for the Bison, but I expect them to compete hard for four quarters.
PICK: MT. JULIET 49, STATION CAMP 0
Westmoreland (2-5, 2-2) at WH Heritage (6-2, 3-2)
Westmoreland makes the trip to White House Friday night to take on non-region foe White House Heritage.
The Patriots have enjoyed a great season under second-year head coach Stetson Dickerson, but the Eagles are no slouch.
If Heritage has plans of winning this game Friday night, they better bring their lunch pale and get ready to go to work.
Chad Perry’s team may not look excellent record-wise, but could easily have three wins instead of three losses.
The Eagles have gotten better each week and I expect that trend to continue.
While I expect the Patriots to come out victorious Friday night, it would not shock me one bit come 10 p.m. Friday night seeing the Eagles on top.
That said, I’m going on record picking the Patriots, but in a close one.
PICK: WH HERITAGE 24, WESTMORELAND 20
White House (2-6, 1-3) at Montgomery Central (2-3, 1-3)
The Blue Devils have an outside chance at making the playoffs this year. Albeit a small chance, there is still a chance, and that starts with a win on Friday night.
The Blue Devils have two region games remaining, and they must win them. They may find themselves in the four spot if they can get some help from Springfield and White House Heritage.
The Indians have not faired well in region play this season, minus their one point win over Portland, but being at home, I expect Montgomery Central to battle hard for four quarters.
That said, I think White House realizes the potential in front of them and will make sure they do everything they can to ensure a spot in the Class 4A playoffs.
That said, I’m rolling with the Blue Devils.
PICK: WHITE HOUSE 28, MONTGOMERY CENTRAL 14