Last week: 6-1
Last week was… not a good one for Montgomery County football teams. The only squads to come up with wins were Montgomery Central and Rossview, meaning the county went 2-6 overall, and there were blowouts aplenty.
Week 6 could have some more of the same in store. With only one inter-county matchup in tow, there’s a lot of football to keep tabs on.
No time to waste — let’s do this.
Northeast Eagles (1-4) at Clarksville Wildcats (3-2)
Unfortunately, this game no longer has any bearing on the region standings. But these are two teams who want to win the city.
The Eagles are 1-2 against county foes while the Wildcats are 1-0.
Northeast won both of their games against CHS last season, with the second coming as a nailbiter in the postseason. That feeling will unquestionably remain in the back of the Wildcats’ minds.
CHS is coming off a bad loss against a great Beech team, but overall, they have been better than the Eagles, who have lost four in a row — granted none have been blowouts.
Could this be the week that Northeast rights the ship? With it being against a familiar foe without any regional implications, it’s very possible. But until they give me a reason to pick them again, I can’t go against CHS in this one — not in good faith.
Prediction: Clarksville 24, Northeast 20
Springfield Yellow Jackets (4-1) at Rossview Hawks (2-3)
Springfield rebounded in a big way last week following a bizarre loss by obliterating Kenwood. Rossview, meanwhile, has scored over 20-plus points in consecutive games after scoring 12 total points in their first three games.
Both squads are trending upwards at this point. Rossview has made large strides since the beginning of the season, but I do think the Jackets are still the better team.
That doesn’t mean Rossview doesn’t stand a chance. If Hezekiah Scott, Seneca Bradley and the offense can stay in the groove, they could very well get this win.
In fact, this may be a “first to 20 win” situation. I like Springfield to reach the mark.
Prediction: Springfield 20, Rossview 10
Northwest Vikings (1-4) at John Overton Bobcats (3-2)
Overton is coming off their bye week, giving them extra time to prepare for the Vikings. Whether they needed that is to be determined.
We all know that this is a transitional season for Northwest. Overton isn’t the best team they’ve played or will play going forward, and with it being inconsequential as a non-region game, this is likely to be forgotten in the season-long shuffle.
There’s just not a lot to see here, unfortunately. Hopefully Northwest can build on some things and come out of the game healthy, but wins will remain hard to come by.
Prediction: Overton 28, Northwest 6
West Creek Coyotes (1-4) at No. 23 Station Camp Bison (4-0)
Similar to the previous matchup, this one has a rough team from Clarksville heading out of town to visit a squad coming off a bye week.
The difference this time is that Station Camp is actually a good team. They’re undefeated with notable wins over Hillsboro and Gallatin, and their defense has led the way all season.
The Green Wave are actually a common opponent between these squads. The Bison won by 14, while the Coyotes lost… by 42.
That speaks for itself. Similar to the Northwest game, the Coyotes best bet is to just get out of this healthy with some good tape.
Prediction: Station Camp 30, West Creek 0
Kenwood Knights (2-3) at Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles (1-3)
Don’t let Shelbyville’s record fool you — they’ve played four good teams: Tullahoma, Marshall County, Coffee County Central and Riverdale. And all of those games have been close.
Kenwood is reeling after a slaughter in Springfield, but they were missing star quarterback Jaylen Washington, who should be set to return on Friday. Whether his presence will make much of a difference in this one, though, remains to be seen.
The Golden Eagles aren’t the first good team the Knights have seen, with losses coming to Green Hill, Henry County and, of course, the Yellow Jackets. Credit to Les Greer for scheduling these good teams, but I foresee another loss coming.
Prediction: Shelbyville Central 41, Kenwood 15
Fayette Academy Vikings (1-4) at Clarksville Academy Cougars (4-1)
How will the Cougars respond after their first loss of the season?
Fortunately for them, it won’t come against stiff competition. The Vikings have been squashed by every not-pitiful team they’ve faced, whereas the Cougars have been the ones doing the squashing.
And Fayette Academy’s downfall in those games has, naturally, been their defense, having allowed at least 41 points in their last three games. I expect the Cougars to keep that trend going.
Prediction: Clarksville Academy 52, Fayette Academy 0
Montgomery Central Indians (5-0) at Creek Wood Hawks (1-4)
Last but certainly not least, the Indians will take to the road after sending Glencliff away with a jaw-dropping blowout.
Typically a stiff opponent, Creek Wood is having a down year. They’ve lost each of their last four games, all by at least three scores, and have scored their only victory against a bad Dickson County squad.
The Hawks will probably be one of the better teams that the Indians have faced this year — about comparable with Northeast and Lawrence County — but MCHS beat both of those teams rather handily.
With Creek Wood having scored just 17 points over their last four games and Central allowing 12 in the same span, I think the Indians are going to come out of Friday still undefeated.
Prediction: Montgomery Central 28, Creek Wood 0