2019 RECORD: 6-1
Week 1 was nearly a perfect week for my Sumner County game picks. Beech, Gallatin, Pope John Paul II, Portland and White House enter Week 2 1-0 while Hendersonville, Station Camp and Westmoreland all look to get back on track after falling short in their games last week.
The Sumner County Game of the Week will feature the Battle for the Mayors Cup in Gallatin as Station Camp visits the Wave Yard to try and keep the trophy for another 365 days.
Make sure you check out Episode 3 of the Sumner County Football Podcast to get a more in-depth preview of all seven Sumner County games.
Without further ado, my Week 2 picks.
Sumner County Game of the Week - Battle for the Mayors Cup - Gallatin vs. Station Camp
The annual Battle for the Mayors Cup is upon us for year three. Last season, the Bison claimed the trophy and the title for best team in Gallatin with a 22-19 win, so they have had a lot of fun poking and making fun of their in-city neighbors over the last 365 days.
Moving on to the 2019 season, these two teams seem to be heading in different directions.
Station Camp is 4-17 in their last 21 games and struggled on offense in a 13-7 loss to White House last Friday.
Gallatin made a coaching change in the off-season and new head man Chad Watson has Green Wave fans buzzing after a 28-7 win over a good Lebanon team in week 1.
While the teams have played each other 10 times (Gallatin leads the series 6-4) it wasn’t until three years ago that Mayor Paige Brown and the city of Gallatin elected for the two teams to battle for the Mayors Cup. Each team has won one Mayors Cup trophy.
In rivalry games you can always count on both teams to play their hearts out. However, Gallatin is the better team here and a heavy favorite.
Defensively, the Wave are tenacious, fast, strong and very physical. While Station Camp had a tough time on offense against White House, it will be even more difficult against Gallatin.
Look for the Green Wave to put a ton of pressure on Station Camp quarterback Max Barnett and the Bison offensive line.
When Gallatin is on offense they will have the best player on the field – Spencer Briggs. Briggs gained 119 yards rushing against Lebanon - look for an even bigger game against the Bison.
I expect the Wave to claim the Mayors Cup trophy back as well as the city of Gallatin.
PICK: GALLATIN 42, STATION CAMP 0
Beech (1-0) vs. Henry County (0-1)
The Beech Buccaneers welcome in a familiar foe in the Henry County Patriots Friday night on Shackle Island.
The two teams have played four times over the course of three seasons with last year’s contest going to the Patriots in the Class 5A semifinal round.
Coach Anthony Crabtree has stated 2019 will not be a revenge game for his team, but you can’t help but think the players remember ending their season in Paris, TN last year.
The Bucs return virtually every player from last year’s team while the Patriots will look completely different from top to bottom after graduating a huge senior class.
I believe the Bucs can be very special in 2019, and I believe they continue the solid start to their season.
PICK: BEECH 35, HENRY COUNTY 14
Hendersonville (0-1) at Giles County (1-0)
The Commandos hit the road this week at Giles County after falling to Oakland 59-0 in Week 1.
Hendersonville is anxious to play this week and get the sour taste of defeat out of their mouths, and the Bobcats present the perfect opportunity to do so.
Giles County is coming off a win over Lincoln County in Week 1; the same Lincoln County team that defeated Hendersonville in the Industrial Jamboree, August 16. That said, I don’t believe you can put too much stock in that scrimmage with the Falcons as James Beasley did not play his varsity unit the entire two quarters.
The Commandos will have to face the adversity of a long road trip, and a solid football team.
All-in-all, I believe the Commandos are primed to bounce back in a big way Friday night.
PICK: HENDERSONVILLE 28, GILES COUNTY 24
Pope John Paul II (1-0) at Lipscomb Academy (1-0)
The Knights hit the road for a tough test in Week 2 after defeating John Overton with relative ease last week.
On the same note, Lipscomb Academy was even less tested in their home-opener against Glencliff putting up 66 points.
Everyone in the mid-state is talking about Lipscomb Academy and how good of a football team they are.
I’m not ready to buy into their hype just yet and I think the Knights do a great job of putting that hype to bed this week.
I’ve got high-expectations for Justin Geisinger’s team this year and I believe their road to seven wins continues this week.
The Mustangs will not be able to stop Antwan Roberts, or the trio of Rory White, Brooks Heagarty and Brendan Keaton.
Look for the Knights to roll in Week 2.
PICK JPII 45, LIPSCOMB ACADEMY 14
Portland (1-0) at Forrest (1-0)
Following a 35-6 win over Edmonson County in Week 1, the Portland Panthers hit the road yet again in Week 2 at Forrest.
The Rockets are coming off a 40-15 thrashing at East Robertson that saw Forrest rumble for more than 500 yards on the ground.
Led by tailbacks Cole Villazon, Nick McClendon and Aiden Freeman, the Rockets will have supreme confidence Friday night in Chapel Hill.
Defending the wing-t offense can be tricky. You must play responsible, smart football, reading your keys at all times.
That said, Portland’s defense played lights out last week and gained tremendous amounts of confidence from their play, and specifically their goal-line stands.
I don’t think the Rockets will be able to run wild on the Panthers the way they did East Robertson, but I do think this defense will be tested more this week than last.
Offensively the Panthers can put up points, and I expect that carry them in Week 2. Forrest may score some points on Portland, but it won’t be more than Panthers.
PICK: PORTLAND 28, FORREST 14
Westmoreland (0-1) vs. Macon County (0-1)
Westmoreland welcomes in Macon County Friday night for their 2019 home opener at Eagles Stadium.
The Eagles are coming off a tough loss on the road at Livingston Academy and are anxious to get a new opportunity to go 1-0 this week.
A true rivalry game, all records and stats have to be thrown out the window when these two teams meet.
They always bring out the best in one another.
Over the last 10 seasons the two teams are 5-5 against each other.
If the Eagles want to accomplish their goals this year I think this week’s matchup against the Tigers will go a long ways in determining whether or not they do so.
Playing at home, in front of their crowd I believe the Eagles will claw the Tigers and send Macon County back home to Lafayette 0-2.
PICK: WESTMORELAND 21, MACON COUNTY 14
White House (1-0) vs. Glencliff (0-1)
There isn’t a ton to really say about this matchup other than White House being a heavy favorite over the Colts.
Glencliff has really struggled in recent years on the gridiron and that again may be the case in 2019.
The Blue Devils are extremely confident after beating 6A Station Camp last Friday night at home, and I think that spills over to Week 2.
PICK: WHITE HOUSE 42, GLENCLIFF 7