2019 record: 4-7
Last week was a step in the right direction for this column.
After a disastrous 1-5 start in Week 1, I bounced back with a 3-2 record last week. Greenbrier and Springfield accounted for the two misses.
Either way, I appreciate all the feedback through the first two weeks. These picks should become more and more accurate as the season moves forward.
White House is off this week, but the other five area teams begin region play Friday. Here’s how I think the games will shake out:
Springfield vs. White House Heritage (Friday – 7 p.m.)
This is the first important Region 5-4A matchup of the season, and it should prove to an entertaining one.
Stetson Dickerson and his upstart Patriot squad have already doubled their win total from last year after rolling over MTCS and East Robertson. The Heritage rushing attack, led by Parker Deaton and Jackson Mapes, has already accounted for 654 yards and eight touchdowns.
On the other side, Springfield delivered an impressive bounce-back performance in a 21-15 victory over Clarksville last Friday. Coach Dustin Wilson hit the reset button after a 37-7 loss to Wilson Central in the season opener, and Springfield’s stingy defense forced three turnovers on MyTV30.
This one is a tossup, but home field advantage gives the Yellow Jackets a slight edge here. However, a Heritage upset, which would have been an afterthought this time last year, is not out of the question.
PICK: Springfield 24, WH Heritage 21
Greenbrier at Creek Wood (Friday – 7 p.m.)
The Bobcats have accounted for two of my seven losses so far, though senior QB Tristan Leopold has been banged up.
Life won’t get any easier for Greenbrier this week. Creek Wood is 2-0 and landed at No. 25 in our Main Street Preps Top 25 Poll. QB Elijah Donaldson accounted for four touchdowns in a 41-27 victory over Camden last Friday.
The Red Hawks, expected to be a contender in Region 5-4A, are probably going to run away with this one, especially if Leopold is unavailable.
PICK: Creek Wood 45, Greenbrier 14
East Robertson vs. Cascade (Friday – 7 p.m.)
The first two weeks of the season were not kind to the Indians.
East Robertson dropped its opener to Forrest 40-15 and followed it with a 34-7 loss to White House Heritage.
Quarterback Taylor Groves exited both games early with injuries. If he can’t play this week, senior Drake Alsup will try to lead East Robertson to its first win.
Cascade is coming off a bye week after dropping its season opener 21-7 to Moore County Aug. 23. The Champions lost to the Indians 34-7 at home last season.
It may not be pretty, but this is the perfect matchup for East Robertson to get over the hump and give coach Atlee Pond his first career win.
PICK: East Robertson 24, Cascade 17
Jo Byrns vs. Clay County (Friday – 7 p.m.)
The Red Devils are 0-2 after taking a 35-8 loss from Huntland on the chin.
Clay County boasts an experienced QB in 6-foot-4 senior Jake Ashlock. The Bulldogs rolled through their first two opponents – Monroe County (Ky.) and Clinton County (Ky.) – by a combined score of 58-0.
Jo Byrns RB Jake Chennault and LB Maxie Owens both missed last week’s game at Huntland, and their status for Friday is uncertain. Though the Red Devils beat Clay County 39-20 last season, the result could be different this time.
PICK: Clay County 32, Jo Byrns 14