Five of the six area teams competed in their first region game last week. Springfield, Greenbrier, White House and Jo Byrns all picked up a win to start on the right foot.
Greenbrier is the only team that will play another region opponent this week.
Let’s dive straight in to this week’s matchups.
My record: 12-3
Wilson Central at Springfield
These two teams played in the season opener last year, and the Yellow Jackets dominated. Springfield is 3-0 thus far but have looked even more impressive on the field.
The Yellow Jackets were missing a few players on Friday against Northeast and filled in those roles nicely.
They should not have any trouble with another 5A opponent this week.
My pick: Springfield 40, Wilson Central 12
Greenbrier at Lawrence County
The Bobcats needed a win last week and picked up a 53-0 drubbing of their first Region 5-4A opponent, Glencliff.
Lawrence County could be another chance at a victory in an extremely tough region. The Wildcats have beaten two smaller schools in Summertown and Loretto but lost last week to Montgomery Central by 27 points.
Both teams need this win to preserve hope of a playoff berth. It should be a good one for those that make the long trip.
My pick: Greenbrier 20, Lawrence County 14
Donelson Christian Academy at WH Heritage
White House Heritage fell last week at home to Franklin-Simpson (Ky.) It was their second matchup against a team from north of the border. The Patriots have yet to play a region game and will wait another week to do so.
Heritage welcomes Donelson Christian Academy this Friday night for their final warm-up. DCA is undefeated and will be an interesting matchup. The Wildcats are smaller but have some speed.
Heritage can play with them and have the ability to pick up their third win of the season.
My pick: WH Heritage 34, DCA 28
Portland at White House
Former Region 5-4A opponents meet in this one. The Panthers appear to have improved from seasons past. They are 2-1, already matching their win total from 2020.
The matchup last season was a dandy, as White House pulled out a one-point overtime victory. The Blue Devils annihilated Cheatham County for their first region win last week and appear to be hitting their stride after battling sickness early on.
My pick: White House 34, Portland 24
East Robertson at Cheatham County
The Indians are still looking for their first win after an 0-3 start. They held Trousdale County to 22 points but could not put any points up of their own.
With Taylor Groves expected to be out for some period of time, other players will have to step up. This is the perfect opportunity for those guys to get some confidence.
The Cubs gave up 58 points to White House last Friday. East Robertson could not have asked for a better opponent in Week 4.
My pick: East Robertson 28, Cheatham County 7
Jo Byrns at Houston County
To put it simply, these schools do not like each other. They are not in the same classification, but there are plenty of bragging rights to play for.
The Red Devils shut out Red Boiling Springs by a score of 52-0 last week and are guaranteed no worse than third in their region.
Last season’s matchup came down to the wire as Jo Byrns pulled out a one-point victory. It should be a good one.
My pick: Jo Byrns 27, Houston County 20