Diivonte Phillips finds a corner against Wilson Central.

Record: 23-5

I was once again exposed last week for not being an oracle. I’m sorry to have disappointed you all.

Still, 4-2 is acceptable. The games I picked wrong were Montgomery Central’s 21-0 loss to Greenbrier and Rossview’s stunning 22-14 upset over Mt. Juliet -- a game I am absolutely thrilled to have gotten wrong. I’d much rather let those coaches, players and fans get the win than me.

We’ve got a different looking slate this week with two Thursday night football games. Almost every team in the county has major postseason implications on the line meaning things are bound to get heated. 

Games are on Friday night unless otherwise noted. With that out of the way, let’s do this.

No. 10 Lipscomb Academy Mustangs (4-2) at Rossview Hawks (4-1), Thursday night

While this game doesn’t have any regional clout on the line, Rossview has a chance to establish themselves as one of the top 25 teams in Middle Tennessee.

Their only blemish thus far was a Week 3 loss at Wilson Central in their first game of the season without their head coach on the sideline. Since then, they’ve won four consecutive games, including wins over a very good Northeast squad and a then-top 10 Mt. Juliet team. The Hawks are on the fringe of entering the Top 25 and, with a win on Thursday, they’ll make it in without question.

That’ll be easier said than done, though. Trent Dilfer’s team is even hotter than Todd Hood’s as they too have won four straight games, though their slimmest margin of victory was 32 compared to Rossview’s closest of three points.

The Mustangs are, without question, one of the premier teams in the area. Their tight battles with Brentwood Academy and PJPII followed by four routs speaks that loud and clear. But if Rossview is truly as good as they’ve made themselves out to be, this could be LA’s closest game since August. 

Prediction: Lipscomb Academy 28, Rossview 10

Kenwood Knights (2-3, 2-2) at Clarksville Wildcats (1-4, 0-3), Thursday night

Seeing the Wildcats without a win in the district is nothing short of shocking, especially after the run they made in 2019. However, once you consider that they’ve faced the three best teams in the region and they were due for a down year anyway, it makes a bit more sense.

But the time for excuses has come and gone for CHS. It’s time for them to win out, or they can kiss the postseason goodbye -- and reigning Coach of the Year Isaac Shelby knows it.

Their run of must-win games begins with probably the best team left on their schedule. Kenwood recovered from their absolute beatdown from Henry County two weeks ago by crushing West Creek, giving them their second regional blowout. With a win, they would clinch the second straight playoff berth under Les Greer. With a loss, they leave the door open for CHS to climb back into the hunt. 

This game undoubtedly has the most on the line this week for Montgomery County schools. 

Prediction: Clarksville 28, Kenwood 20

West Creek Coyotes (1-4, 0-3) at Henry County Patriots (5-2, 3-0) 

While I hate to say it, there’s not much reason to spend too much time on this one.

The Coyotes could not stay with Northwest, Northeast or Kenwood, losing by double digits to all three and 30-plus to the latter two. Henry County has won every single one of their region games by at least 30 points including a 66 pointer at Kenwood. 

At least the running clock will get going early on. I’m sorry, Coyotes. 

Prediction: Henry County 56, West Creek 0

Montgomery Central Indians (3-2, 1-2) at Springfield Yellow Jackets (5-1, 2-0)

This game also has pretty big postseason implications tied to the result. Montgomery Central is only half-a-game out of third place and still has games against teams ahead of them. 

However, unlike CHS vs. Kenwood, I don’t expect this one to be super close.

It’s always a good time whenever the Indians and Jackets link up. Last year was no exception when MCHS ran the ball down their throats with eventual Player of the Year Lakendriez Sanders during a muddy, rainy, chilly evening, beating the future state championship contenders. 

But Sanders isn’t here anymore, Friday night looks to have a clear sky and the Jackets might be even better than before. 

MCHS coach Jeff Tomlinson said that they’ll use this game to prepare for their season finales against White House and WH Heritage. He emphasized that they are not looking past Springfield, but it sounds like they’re not exactly counting on a W here.

Prediction: Springfield 35, Montgomery Central 7

Northeast Eagles (4-1, 4-0) at Northwest Vikings (1-4, 1-2)

There’s nothing quite like a crosstown rivalry… except a crosstown rivalry that’s going to be competitive. Because this one won’t be.

The Vikings showed promise earlier this season before losing quarterback Ryan Silverstrim to a season-ending injury. They’ve been completely thinned out by injuries and now don’t even have a true quarterback to use. The Northeast defense have allowed two offensive touchdowns total in the last three games to teams that DO have quarterbacks. You do the math there.

With a win, Northeast will earn the right to host Henry County in two weeks to play for the region title. I don’t see any reason to expect that won’t happen.

Prediction: Northeast 50, Northwest 0

Tipton-Rosemark Rebels (4-3, 2-3) at Clarksville Academy Cougars (1-5, 1-4)

Like I’ve said about past CA opponents: I don’t know much about the Rebels. However, judging by their past results against common opponents, they don’t seem to be on an entirely different playing field as the Cougars.

Add in that they’re making the long, long drive from Shelby County to Clarksville and the Cougars are seemingly being presented with their best chance to get their first on-field win of the season on Friday night. 

I’m not confident with this pick given the aforementioned lack of intel on the Rebels. But I do know that CA is dedicated to winning, and they do have a few factors on their side. Because of that, I’m going with the home team.

Prediction: Clarksville Academy 27, Tipton-Rosemark 20

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