Connection: Clinger picks Heritage to Beat White House

Joel Clinger of the Robertson County Connection selects White House Heritage to edge White House, 34-28 in week eight.

2020 Record: 23-9

It is October! The weather is getting a little colder, and the football is heating up. Region standings are tightening, and every game now means more.

A 4-1 week has given me some confidence after a couple lackluster performances. Kudos to Greenbrier for proving me wrong last week with a big win over Montgomery Central.

There are four games featuring local teams. Two of the games are non-region, but the other two are big Region 5-4A matchups.

Without further ado, let’s dive in:

White House Heritage (5-2, 2-2) at White House (2-4, 1-1)

Alright, here we go. The all-White House matchup is set for Friday night in Dewey H. Whitson Stadium at White House Municipal Park.

There’s more at stake in this matchup than pride. Both teams come into the game with .500 region records, jockeying for position in Region 5-4A. It’s simple. The winner moves up the standings. The loser moves down.

Heritage is coming off of a loss to Creek Wood. The Patriots played a great first half, but their defense fell apart later in the game. If they play like they proved they are capable of, they are the better team.

White House just got a wild overtime win over Portland. Junior running back Ranen Blackburn got going with 215 yards on the ground. If he has holes against Heritage, he could will his team to victory.

I am pumped for this game as it should be one of the best game atmospheres all season. The outcome will be determined by what happens in the trenches. If the Blue Devils can move the Patriots, White House has a real shot at getting the victory. If Heritage can withstand the rushing attack and hold onto the ball, they should win the rivalry for the second year in a row.

To me, that is the more likely outcome. Head coach Stetson Dickerson had a solid game plan put in against Creek Wood, and I expect he will have his guys ready for White House.

Pick: WH Heritage 34, White House 28

Montgomery Central (2-2, 1-2) at Springfield (5-1, 2-0)

The Springfield Yellow Jackets are coming off of a bye after dropping their first game all season to Marshall County. Head coach Dustin Wilson was disappointed with himself after the loss, saying he did not prepare his team well enough.

With the group of guys he has, I am sure his team will be well-prepared and ready to take their frustrations out on the Indians.

Montgomery Central has struggled to score, and that is putting it nicely. The Indians have failed to score any points in their last two games against Creek Wood and Greenbrier. A game against a Springfield defense that likes to get timely turnovers will not help them get back on the right track.

Springfield should have no trouble putting MCHS away, and I am sure they have been itching to get back on the field since the loss.

Pick: Springfield 42, Montgomery Central 6

Cheatham County (0-6) at Greenbrier (3-2)

The Greenbrier Bobcats are coming off of a shutout region win over Montgomery Central and could be peaking at the right time. They are in the middle of the Region 5-4A race for the playoffs.

Unfortunately for them, they have to wait two more weeks before they face another region opponent. This week’s game is essentially a tune-up game for their final region opponents Springfield and White House.

This week’s game is something you would normally see during Week 1 of the college football season. Cheatham County, an 0-6 3A school, has struggled mightily this season. The most points the Cubs have scored all year is 21, and they still lost that game by 34 points.

The Bobcats should have no problem getting their fourth win of the season, which would be double their two-win total last season.

Pick: Greenbrier 35, Cheatham County 0

Jo Byrns (3-4) at Moore County (5-1)

Jo Byrns suffered a tough loss last week to Monterey by a score of 31-0. The Red Devils are 3-4 which is already an improvement on last year. They wanted to take that momentum and compete with one of the top teams in their region.

This is a non-region game, so the result is not vital to their playoff chances. But simply because it does not count as much as last week does not mean it is futile.

Jo Byrns lost this game 35-7 last season. They had a chance to prove that they could compete with a top 1A team last week, and now they have another opportunity to do so.

The Red Devils are improved from last season, but a win is still very unlikely in this one.

Pick: Moore County 27, Jo Byrns 10

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