By Chris Brooks for Sumner Home Page
Five Sumner County teams collected victories in Week 1, with two doing so by shutouts. Both of those – Pope John Paul II and White House – host teams that were shut out in Week 1.
The Twitterverse won Week 1, hitting on seven of the eight winners, while I finished with six. There’s a long way to go, however. On to Week 2:
Game of the Week: Station Camp at Gallatin
It’s the battle for the inaugural Mayor’s Cup, put in place to add a little something to this cross-town rivalry that’s no longer a region game. Gallatin enters feeling better about themselves, though the Green Wave cannot expect to win another game with six turnovers. Station Camp tripped up at Antioch and the younger Bison have to find a way to bounce back quickly. Jalen Porter stood out last week and it’s looking like Gallatin will go as he goes on both sides of the ball.
Pick: Gallatin 28, Station Camp 17
Centennial at Hendersonville
Perhaps no team in the county had a worse week than the Commandos, who were ambushed in the first quarter at Blackman. Hendersonville was staring at a 35-0 deficit before getting anything going, and Anthony Hughes’ absence did not help things. The Commandos haven’t started 0-2 since 2007, but that’s in real danger of happening as 6A teams line up to take their shot. Centennial isn’t Blackman, but the Cougars aren’t bad, either.
Pick: Hendersonville 35, Centennial 28
Beech vs. Henry County (at Austin Peay State University)
This one should be fun. Beech knocked off a decent 6A team last week, and Henry County is always a tough opponent. The neutral site should really make for a good show, and we’ll get a very good idea of how good the Buccaneers can be. Kaemon Dunlap showed that he hasn’t missed a beat in transferring from Station Camp – but he will be seriously tested by the Patriots.
Pick: Beech 28, Henry County 24
Glencliff at White House
White House fans took a collective exhale last week, with the Blue Devils ending a 13-game skid. The best part is that it was not a close game, but a shutout instead. Can they make it two in a row? Nothing would be better for confidence than knocking off a team in a higher classification – though it’s one desperate for a victory as well, as the Colts have dropped their last 17 games.
Pick: White House 28, Glencliff 14
Lipscomb Academy at Pope John Paul II
Speaking of shutouts, the Knights made history last week with their first-ever goose egg allowed against Whites Creek. That’ll make the home opener a little more fun to attend, but it’ll also be against a more quality opponent. Still, in a season with tons of personnel turnover, a shot to start 2-0 before region has to feel good regardless of the competition. Weirdly enough, Lipscomb Academy was also shut out last week.
Pick: Pope John Paul II 28, Lipscomb Academy 20
Hillwood at Portland
It’s been a tough week for Portland. The Panthers were shutout in the opener, then starting quarterback Brandon Meador was injured in an automobile accident and key junior Kobe Dutcher was lost for several weeks. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Hillwood was also shutout in Week 1 (a 40-0 loss at Columbia) and the Hilltoppers will visit Portland believing they can win.
Pick: Hillwood 14, Portland 7
(Writer’s note: Since I will be handling social media for Macon County on the sidelines for the Macon County at Westmoreland contest, I will not be making a pick for that game.)