By Joel Clinger for Robertson County Connection
Football is back. It was great to get out to Springfield last Friday night and experience the great atmosphere there.
Springfield, White House Heritage and Jo Byrns all came out victorious in their opening games.
Again, there are no region games on the docket this week, but all of the games should be an indication of where each team is.
Here are my picks for Week 2:
My record: 4-1
White House at Greenbrier
Both the Blue Devils and Bobcats are looking to bounce back from opening losses last Friday night. White House fell 14-7 to Station Camp, and Greenbrier was shut out 41-0 at Springfield.
Both expect to have solid teams regardless, as each of their opponents in Week 1 now play in higher classifications.
According to Greenbrier coach John Elmore, this is the longest running rivalry in the midstate. Now, the two teams play in different classifications, and this will be the Bobcats’ final non-region game of the season. They will also be seeking revenge for last season’s loss that kept them out of the 4A playoffs.
White House defeated Station Camp last year and has most of that team remaining, which is why I picked them last week. The Blue Devils will take on Cheatham County in their first region game next week and would like a nice confidence boost.
I expect a slow, low-scoring game Friday night, considering the two teams combined for seven points in their openers. Greenbrier’s defense is solid, but if their offense cannot stay on the field, it will be extremely hard to pull the win out.
Pick: White House 14, Greenbrier 7
WH Heritage at East Robertson
White House Heritage traveled to Kentucky and picked up their first win last week, while East Roberton took their first loss at 4A Macon County.
Last season, Heritage defeated the Indians 16-7 in a fairly ugly game. Friday’s matchup should be faster and prettier.
Heritage scored 39 points. ERHS scored 12 but had to face a touch Macon County team. With Taylor Groves, Collin Cook and company, they should make enough plays to score some points.
I still expect Heritage to come out on top, but I am excited to see what transpires.
Pick: WH Heritage 27, East Robertson 14
Springfield at Clarksville
The Yellow Jackets are riding high after a 41-0 blowout against Greenbrier last week. In the final 25 minutes, they scored 34 points. They seem to be game-ready right out of the gate.
They will need to bring their A-game to defeat Clarksville, who already have a 6A win under their belts over McGavock.
This game will be a good gauge for how Springfield will handle their new Region 7-5A opponents, many of which are in Montgomery County. If the two played last season, I would have expected the Yellow Jackets to win.
If they play the way they did most of last season and the way they started this one, they should be able to grab their second win of the season behind Devon Crenshaw and all of their running backs, including Lamarious Daniels.
Pick: Springfield 24, Clarksville 14
McEwen at Jo Byrns
The Jo Byrns Red Devils started their season off with a victory over Harpeth for the second consecutive season.
McEwen is a fellow 1A school who defeated Houston County in their first game.
It should be a good test for the Red Devils as they prepare for the their region schedule. Ryan Dowlen ran for almost double his passing yards, and Brian Salas played a key role on the ground as well.
This Jo Byrns team looks very similar to last season’s in personnel and style. We will see if it is enough to take down McEwen.
Pick: Jo Byrns 20, McEwen 14