By Zach Womble for The Gallatin News
2020 Record: 24-16
Last Week: 4-3
Chances are if I pick your favorite team to lose, they will probably win; that’s how my luck has been so far this season.
I’ve gone 4-3 with my picks three weeks in-a-row, and I don’t expect to be any better this week.
Every Sumner County team is back in action this week as it’s conference week for all eight schools.
Remember, if you cannot make it to a game, tune in to 95.9 Friday night as George Plaster and I take you On the Field.
Without further ado, my Week 7 previews.
Beech (4-1, 1-0) vs. Hillsboro (0-1, 0-1) – at Overton
The Beech Buccaneers hit the road to play Hillsboro at Overton this week as the Buccaneers look to improve to 2-0 in Region 6-5A.
A win would guarantee at least the number two seed for the Bucs come playoff time, assuming they beat Hillwood in the last week of the season.
Beech hasn’t played a game since September 11 when they defeated Hendersonville 28-14 in the Battle for Drakes Creek.
Off due to COVID-19, it will be interesting to see how the Buccaneers come out to play against a team that will be eager to earn their first region victory.
Hillsboro could not find the end zone against Pearl Cohn last week until overtime, so rust seems to be an issue for the Burros.
I’m picking the Bucs in this one because, well, I like their ability to adapt on the fly.
PICK: BEECH 28, HILLSBORO 14
Gallatin (3-3, 2-0) vs. Henry County (4-2, 3-0)
The Gallatin Green Wave welcome one of their more formidable non-region opponents to the Wave Yard this week as Henry County comes to town.
It’s been a struggle for the Wave at home since last season’s playoff loss to Summit. The Wave have now lost four-in-a-row at home for the first time since 1963.
Something is missing from this year’s Wave team, and I haven’t quite put my finger on it yet. Defensively they struggled to tackle against Wilson Central and haven’t looked great offensively since their win at Green Hill.
This game will make the Wave better, but I cannot see a scenario where they come out on top.
PICK: HENRY COUNTY 42, GALLATIN 17
Hendersonville (3-3, 2-0) at Wilson Central (3-3, 1-1)
The Hendersonville Commandos hit the road for the second week in-a-row this week as they travel to Wilson Central for their third region game of the season.
Despite a 3-3 record, the Commandos have done nice things both offensively and defensively. They showed well at Independence last week, and I expect their confidence to carry over this week.
The Wildcats are a good football team, boasting quality performances on Mt. Juliet and BGA while taking down the Green Wave on the road last week.
I’m not sure how many people thought the Commandos would be in this position when region play neared the end, but here they are again, with a chance at a Region 4-6A title repeat.
There is a lot of football left to be played, but I like this Commando team. It will be a tough test Friday night, but the Commandos are up for it.
PICK: HENDERSONVILLE 28, WILSON CENTRAL 25
Pope John Paul II (5-1, 1-1) at MBA (3-0, 2-0)
The Knights are off to their best start in school history at 5-1. They have quality wins across the board, including last week’s road victory at Franklin without two of their best players – Sawyer Watts and Antwan Roberts.
It is still unknown if those two will play this week against the Big Red, as they both nurse injuries, but what sophomore Kenny Minchey and freshman Elijah Robb showed last week is enough to believe the Knights can get the job done.
However, the Big Red boasts a powerful one-two punch at quarterback and running back with Marcel Reed and Patrick Wilk.
It’s safe to say the Knights defense will be tested this week.
MBA is a good football team, and while I expect this game to be close, I’m picking the Big Red to come out on top.
PICK: MBA 35, JPII 28 (OT)
Portland (2-4, 0-3) at White House (1-4, 0-1)
The Panthers have won four out of the last five in this heated rivalry, but I’m not sure that trend will continue this season.
While both teams are unlikely to make the playoffs this year, this game Friday night almost becomes each team’s playoff game.
I think Ranen Blackburn and Montrel Black are primed for big games, and I expect the Blue Devils to buck the recent trend and come out on top.
PICK: WHITE HOUSE 28, PORTLAND 27
Station Camp (0-6, 0-2) at Lebanon (3-3, 0-2)
Progress was achieved for the Station Camp Bison last week as they scored their first offensive touchdown since their Week 2 loss to Gallatin.
Despite the progress, I still see Lebanon’s Dequantry Shannon having a field day against the Bison defense.
Searching for their first region victory since 2016, the Bison will have to wait another week to do so.
PICK: LEBANON 49, STATION CAMP 7
Westmoreland (1-4, 1-1) at Watertown (5-1, 2-0)
Many breaks have gone against the Westmoreland Eagles in 2020 and things don’t get easier this week.
Making the long trip to Watertown High School, the Eagles will try and upset the Purple Tigers for the first time in school history.
Watertown is coming off four straight victories, including last week’s 41-0 thrashing of Class 4A White House.
The Eagles are a good football team, and I like their chances over the final three games, but Friday night could be a long night.
PICK: WATERTOWN 35, WESTMORELAND 7