Last week: 5-1
Come on, guys. This is getting too easy. My record is starting to look like the Red Wings’ mark against the Predators over the last decade.
The one game I got wrong last week was, surprise surprise, West Creek, the noted “bulletin-board material” team of Montgomery County.
This week is a special one. Most schools are off for fall break, but all eight of our schools are in action, bringing extra attention to the area since there is not much else to watch. There are some interesting matchups, including Rossview’s trip to Main Street Preps’ No. 20-ranked Lipscomb Academy and two inter-city matchups.
Time to predict!
Clarksville at Kenwood (Thursday at 7 p.m.)
One of the Thursday games this week, the Clarksville Wildcats (3-4, 1-2 Region 7-5A) make the trip to visit the scuffling Knights (2-5, 2-2)..
Kenwood is coming off two crushing home losses, including a Week 7 defeat at the hands of West Creek. This has created a lot of frustration in the locker room and on the field, leaving the Knights prone to mistakes on the field and blowups on the sidelines.
While the Wildcats have had their fair share of disappointing losses, they are coming off their highest-scoring game of the season, putting up 49 points in a victory over Clarksville Northeast.
Kenwood’s struggles are easy enough for me to stay away from picking them, and Clarksville is formidable enough to justify that.
Prediction: Clarksville 31, Kenwood 14
Rossview at Lipscomb Academy (Thursday at 7 p.m.)
The second Thursday game could get interesting.
Rossview has played a tough schedule, but is still 5-3 and has put up fights against then-ranked Wilson Central and No. 17 Mt. Juliet, their Week 7 foe. The Hawks played them tough for the first half before allowing the Golden Bears to pull away in the second.
Trent Dilfer’s Mustangs are equally as difficult as Mt. Juliet and should win the game. But it won’t be impossible for the Hawks to keep it competitive.
Prediction: Lipscomb Academy 28, Rossview 10
Clarksville Northwest at Clarksville Northeast (Thursday at 7 p.m.)
This is probably going to be the hardest game to pick.
The Vikings have followed up their 3-0 start with an 0-4 stretch where each loss has gotten more and more lopsided, culminating in a 63-7 loss against Dyer County last week.
Meanwhile, Northeast only has a single win, albeit an impressive one as they put up 54 points in a Week 6 rout of West Creek. They followed that up with 32 points in a loss against Clarksville.
Rivalry games tend to bring out the best in teams. We’ve seen that Northwest’s best is pretty good, but Northeast has significantly more momentum and home field advantage.
Prediction: Northeast 34, Northwest 23
Henry County at West Creek (Friday at 7 p.m.)
The Patriots have been the wrecking crew of Region 7-5A and that should not change this week, though I am always wrong about the Coyotes.
If Henry County can handle Beech and Brentwood – among others – they can handle West Creek. There’s not really much else to say about this one.
Prediction: Henry County 49, West Creek 13
Clarksville Academy at Tipton-Rosemark (Friday at 7 p.m.)
I’m feeling bad for the Cougars. They got off to such a hot start but have dropped five straight since then, including a few winnable games that simply did not go their way.
The Rebels certainly feel like a beatable opponent. Though their win total is superior, they are equally unpredictable and inconsistent, so this one could truly go either way.
You know what? I’m changing my mind. This is the hardest game to predict this week.
Here goes nothing.
Prediction: Tipton-Rosemark 38, Clarksville Academy 34
Springfield at Montgomery Central (Friday at 7 p.m.)
While it’s not their toughest game of the season, Springfield won’t be a rollover for the Indians like their previous two opponents.
As a newcomer to the top 25, the Indians have a chance to solidify themselves in the Main Street Preps’ rankings and in the Region 5-4A standings.
It will be business as usual for Montgomery Central: move the ball on the ground, drain the clock, defend enough to get the ball back, repeat. I think they’ll be able to do it.
Prediction: Montgomery Central 28, Springfield 14