2020 RECORD: 43-19
LAST WEEK: 5-1
We made it.
Week 11 is finally here, and that means the playoffs are right around the corner.
Last week was another solid week for me in my Pick ‘Em column, as I have gotten better each week this season.
In Sumner County, we have Beech and Hendersonville playing for their respective region titles, and we have White House looking to make the playoffs with the win.
This week’s Pick ‘Em will mark the final week I preview every team in Sumner County as not every team will make the playoffs.
Home games for round one are solidified for Beech, Gallatin and Hendersonville, while JPII needs a win plus help to get their home game.
Plenty of great action this Friday night, so without further ado, my Week 11 picks.
Beech (6-1, 4-0) vs. Hillwood (3-1, 2-1)
Beech welcomes region foe Hillwood to town this week as the Buccaneers try and wrap up their second consecutive Region 6-5A Championship.
Before last week’s loss to Hillsboro, Hillwood had little trouble putting points on the board, scoring 50 points per game.
As previously stated, Hillwood struggled in their lone loss this season to the Burros, dropping their first region contest 47-7.
The Buccaneers are winners of six in a row, including last week’s 36-8 victory over Gallatin.
Running back Tysean Jefferson went down with a shoulder injury last week, so his status for this week is still uncertain.
Despite possibly not having one of their top backs, I still like the Buccaneers to wrap up the regular season with a win.
PICK: BEECH 42, HILLWOOD 21
Gallatin (3-6, 3-1) vs. Glencliff (0-5, 0-3)
A real ‘get right’ game for the Green Wave comes to town this Friday as winless Glencliff wraps their 2020 season.
It is no secret the Wave have struggled this season, losing six in a row, but Friday night will be their opportunity to let out a little frustration.
Gallatin will make the Region 6-5A playoffs as the two seed in 2020, likely welcoming in Page (3-5, 1-2) from Region 6.
Typically in this game, you will see plenty of the second team or third team players, but with the Green Wave's recent struggles, I would expect the starters to play into the fourth quarter.
PICK: GALLATIN 35, GLENCLIFF 7
Hendersonville (6-3, 4-0) at Mt. Juliet (6-2, 3-1)
Easily the best game on the slate this week for our Sumner County teams, Hendersonville visits Mt. Juliet for the Region 4-6A title.
The Commandos thumped Mt. Juliet last season on Paul Decker Field, and you can bet the Golden Bears remember.
While Mt. Juliet is a very good football team in 2020, the illusion of unbeatable doesn’t come to mind when thinking about this Golden Bear team.
I think Hendersonville will need to play a near-perfect football game to come out victorious, but in games of this magnitude, that isn’t breaking news.
I’ve gone back-and-forth all week on who I think will win this game, and as of Tuesday, I’m giving a slight edge to the home team.
PICK: MT. JULIET 28, HENDERSONVILLE 24
Pope John Paul II (7-2, 2-2) vs. St. Benedict (1-5, 0-3)
JPII did not play last week due to Centennial canceling the game for COVID-19 precaution. With the week off, the Knights have had the opportunity to sure up their health for a possible late-season run to Cookeville.
Coming to town this week will be Memphis’ St. Benedict.
The Eagles have not won a game since their 36-0 win over FACS on September 11. In the three games before Friday night, St. Benedict has been shutout twice and has given up more than 30 points in each game.
Celebrating senior night, Friday night should be a lot of fun for JPII.
I assume both quarterbacks will play Friday night, and you will likely see coach Justin Geisinger play nearly every player on his roster.
PICK: JPII 42, SBA 7
Station Camp (0-9, 0-4) at Wilson Central (5-4, 2-2)
The Bison are looking to snap their 23 game losing streak this Friday night on the road at Wilson Central.
2020 has been extremely tough on everyone, Station Camp included, but if the Bison can pull off the upset Friday night, we will all feel a little better as we head into 2021.
That said, the Wildcats are not going to Station Camp to come into their house and take the win. They, too, are battling for something - a playoff spot.
Wilson Central needs to win Friday night to lock up at least the four seed. The Wildcats can earn the three seed with a win and a Rossview loss to Lebanon.
Fighting for their postseason fate, I like the Wildcats to handle business Friday night.
PICK: WILSON CENTRAL 35, STATION CAMP 16
Westmoreland (3-5, 2-2) vs. Cascade (5-4, 1-3)
The Westmoreland Eagles welcome Cascade to town for their regular season home finale.
Westmoreland is coming off a win over White House Heritage last week while the Champions are coming off a win over Forrest.
Getting better as the season has rolled along, Westmoreland is to wrap up the three seed in Region 4-2A with a victory.
If the Eagles do win Friday night, they will likely travel to Marion County (5-3, 3-1) for round one of the TSSAA playoffs.
I do think Friday night’s game between the two will be close, but as previously stated, Westmoreland is trending in the right direction.
PICK: WESTMORELAND 17, CASCADE 7
White House (3-6, 2-3) vs. Greenbrier (4-3, 2-3)
White House gave themselves a shot at the postseason last week with their victory at Montgomery Central.
With the opportunity for the taking, the Blue Devils welcome in Greenbrier this week for a win-or-go-home scenario.
Since their 40-0 win over Cheatham County on October 9, Greenbrier has not won a game, playing only one contest in the three weeks.
I am 100% on the White House bandwagon this week as I think the Blue Devils come out and roll the Bobcats and get back to the Class 4A playoffs for the first time since 2017.
PICK: WHITE HOUSE 35, GREENBRIER 7