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2019 record: 5-3

 

Well, I went 3-3 last week in my inaugural “PICK ‘EM’ segment and was one point off from the final score of Montgomery County’s game of the week… I also picked the wrong team to win. Close enough?

           

Honestly, I could have done much worse. I am feeling confident this week, though, despite just two intercounty games. Though there are no premier teams or top 25 opponents, Friday should make for some interesting games.

           

Clarksville at Rockvale (Friday at 7 p.m.)

           

The Wildcats have had a rough go of things since beating their rival Rossview in Week 1, but things are looking up for Friday.

           

Rockvale is 0-3 and is living up to what most predicted of them coming into the season. They can score, but they can’t quite defend. That is exactly what the Wildcats need, as their offense has been a bit slow to get going early on with point totals of 24, 15 and 20 in their 1-2 start.

           

My money is on Isaac Shelby’s squad getting back in the W column this weekend.

           

Prediction: Clarksville 34, Rockvale 20

           

Clarksville Northwest at Montgomery Central (Friday at 7 p.m.)

           

This is the game that I am most excited for – and covering – this Friday.

           

The Vikings are 3-0 and have allowed just 19 points all season thus far, and the Indians impressed early on before taking their first loss in Portland last week without their premier running back Lakendriez Sanders.

           

However, the Indians will be Northwest’s toughest opponent to date, and Montgomery Central gets to play on their home turf.

           

Between MCHS’s slow pace and Northwest’s stingy defense, this one figures to be low scoring. But I see the home team prevailing.

           

Prediction: Montgomery Central 12, Northwest 7

           

Cheatham County at West Creek (Friday at 7 p.m.)

           

Another team that was without their stars last week, the West Creek Coyotes are reeling after two hard losses.

           

Cheatham County is a challenge more along the lines of Greenbrier, whom West Creek handled rather easily three weeks ago. The Coyotes’ main draw is their offense, and in their one full game with it, they dropped 27 points. Now that it’s back after each player has served their suspensions, they should get back to business against a Cubs team that has not had much success defensively so far.

           

Prediction: West Creek 26, Cheatham County 14

           

Clarksville Academy at Jackson Christian (Friday at 7 p.m.)           

This one feels more like a toss-up than any other game thus far.

           

Each of the Cougars’ games thus far have been blowouts, with them on the winning end twice. Jackson Christian has one blowout win, one close win and one close loss, so they are a tough group to predict. The one common denominator in each of the Eagles’ games has been that they have all been relatively high-scoring, which should work in Clarksville Academy’s favor.

           

The Cougars have gone over 40 points in two of their three games and could get back there in a shootout this week.

           

Prediction: Clarksville Academy 38, Jackson Christian 28

           

Hillsboro at Kenwood (Friday at 7 p.m.)

           

Hillsboro is not off to a great start; they have also played two of the Main Street Preps Top 10 teams.

           

They are a good football team whether the record indicates that or not.

           

Kenwood was impressive in their win over Northeast, but they are also 1-2 with a far less impressive schedule than Hillsboro’s. They have the home field advantage, but things would have to go heavily in their favor for the Knights to come out of Friday with a victory.

           

Prediction: Hillsboro 34, Kenwood 17

           

Clarksville Northeast at Rossview (Friday at 7 p.m.)

           

Yes, Northeast is 0-3. Only one of their games has been close, and that was this past weekend’s loss at Kenwood – a team they certainly could have beaten. The Eagles are probably better than they have shown us, but until they show us, it is difficult to pick them.

           

Rossview is also coming off a loss, but it is an impressive one. The Hawks dropped a one-score game against newly-ranked No. 23 Wilson Central. That is probably more impressive than their one (and only, so far) win.

           

I will admit that his one is quite tough to predict, but I am going to go with the squad that has shown that they have what it takes to win.

           

Prediction: Rossview 24, Northeast 18

 

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