2019 Record: 12-2
Week 2 went just as good as Week 1 did for my game picks. Another 6-1 week puts me at 12-2 on the season. Not bad.
Hopefully you are checking out the Sumner County Football Podcast to hear an even more extensive break down of each county game.
This week my Sumner County Game of the Week features two in-county rivals between the Hendersonville Commandos and Station Camp Bison. A 1-0 region record is on the line as well as the Commandos set to invade the East Bank at Station Camp.
Hopefully my game picks will go as good, if not better, than my first two weeks.
Without further ado, my Week 3 previews and picks.
Hendersonville (1-1) at Station Camp (0-2)
The Week 3 Sumner County Game of the Week features in county rivals Hendersonville and Station Camp High School.
The Commandos (1-1) look to invade the East Bank at Station Camp (0-2) this week for each team’s first region game of the season.
I’ve seen both of these two teams play this year, and I believe Friday night will be a tough battle between the schools.
The home-standing Bison are coming off a tough loss against Gallatin, and I know they are anxious to show the mid-state they are better than last Friday night.
On the other end, Hendersonville rebounded from their opening week loss with a big win at Giles County Friday night, and they want to prove to themselves they can string together a few wins.
Station Camp is presented a perfect opportunity Friday night to snap a two-year region losing record.
The Commandos are going to be in for a tough test on the road Friday night, but I think James Beasley’s bunch is up for the challenge.
The Station Camp offense did some good things against the Wave in Week 2, and if they can continue to progress I think they can put up points to challenge the Commandos.
I believe this football game will come down to simple execution. Who will win the line of scrimmage? Who will not beat themselves with silly mistakes, like putting yourself behind the chains on first and second down? Who will win the turnover battle?
All those questions and more will be answered Friday night at 7 p.m.
I believe the Commandos will rise to the occasion and head back home with a 14-point victory.
PICK: HENDERSONVILLE 35, STATION CAMP 21
Beech (2-0) vs. Glencliff (0-2)
There isn’t a whole lot to say about this matchup between the home team Beech Buccaneers and the visiting Glencliff Colts.
The Bucs are 2-0 following non-league wins over Jackson Northside and Henry County. Glencliff is 0-2 following big losses to Lipscomb Academy and White House.
The first region game of the season, I expect Beech to come out and handle business and improve to 3-0 overall.
PICK: BEECH 42, GLENCLIFF 6
Gallatin (2-0) vs. Hillsboro (1-1)
Instead of traveling for their first road game of the season, Gallatin will host Hillsboro Friday night following electrical issues that forced TSU to cancel the game at Hale Stadium.
Gallatin has been tested early on this season, but neither Lebanon or Station Camp have presented the Green Wave with the challenges they will see Friday night.
The Burros boast one of the best backs in the mid state in Brian Covington, as well as some of the top athletes in Davidson County.
Throw in the fact that Gallatin has beaten Hillsboro two years in-a-row, the Burros are coming off a tough loss, and the game is at their place, I think it could spell trouble for the Green Wave.
I think this football game is one-score type of game, but I think it’s the Burros that are going to come out one top. Feel free to prove me wrong, Gallatin.
PICK: HILLSBORO 21, GALLATIN 17
JPII (2-0) vs. Briarcrest (2-0)
The Knights welcome in their first region foe of the season Friday night as the Briarcrest Saints invade Hendersonville.
JPII is coming off a thrilling win over Lipscomb Academy while the Saints are 2-0 following a win over Wooddale.
Justin Geisinger’s team did not play well in the first half against the Mustangs, but to their credit, they were a completely different football team in the second half.
Now, JPII will not have that luxury of starting slow this week.
The Saints are a very talented football program and want nothing more than to come into the Knights back yard and leave with a 1-0 region record.
JPII has me a little weary moving forward following last week’s performance, but I’m sticking with my seven wins prediction from the preseason. In order to achieve that they must win Friday night.
PICK: JPII 24, BRIARCREST 21
Portland (1-1) vs. Montgomery Central (2-0)
After falling 37-22 at Forrest in Week 2, the Panthers return home eager to get the sour taste of defeat out of their mouths.
This week is a perfect opportunity for them to do so.
Their opponent, Montgomery Central, could be without a few key playmakers after a benches clearing brawl with West Creek last week left many players ejected from the game.
That said, Friday night’s win will not be an easy one.
The Indians have a strong running attack, and a quarterback that is more than capable of making plays with both his arm and legs.
All-in-all I still like the Panthers offensively to put up points, and defensively to make the needed corrections from last week’s loss.
Portland has a prime opportunity to start off their region schedule on the right foot and control their destiny in 2019. I think they take advantage of that opportunity.
PICK: PORTLAND 35, MONTGOMERY CENTRAL 21
White House (2-0) vs. Bye Week (0-2)
The White House Blue Devils are coming off two big wins to start the 2019 season and I think that continues again this week.
The Bye Week Trojans are simply out-matched in this game.
The Trojans are giving up a generous 75-points-per-game, and I think the Blue Devils will exploit their secondary.
Look for White House to pitch it all over the field Friday night.
PICK: WHITE HOUSE 100, BYE WEEK 0
Westmoreland (1-1) vs. Jackson County (1-)
The Westmoreland Eagles welcome in region foe Jackson County this week looking to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Eagles are flying high following last week’s win over Macon County and I believe they carry that confidence into Friday night.
Jackson County fell at home last year to Westmoreland, and I believe they will fall again this week.
Coach Chad Perry is seeing great improvement from his team each day, and I think the road to the second seed in their region starts Friday night.
PICK: WESTMORELAND 28, JACKSON COUNTY 14