By Zach Womble for The Gallatin News
Congratulations to the Station Camp football team for their 14-7 win over White House Friday night. The regular season win snaps a 24 game regular season losing streak that dates back to week 6 of the 2018 season (52-0 W vs. Hunters Lane).
The Bison (1-0) proved me wrong, beating the Blue Devils as I had picked White House to win 17-14.
However, that in-county match-up was my only blemish on the week as I finished 5-1 picking correct games such as Beech/Farragut, Gallatin/Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville/Oakland, Pope Prep/Hillsboro, and Portland/Westmoreland.
Speaking of the Panthers (1-0) and Eagles (0-1), what a showing that contest was at Edgar Johnson Stadium.
After trailing 28-14, the Eagles clawed their way back, tying the contest at 28-28 late in the fourth quarter, but a mishandled punt return allowed Portland to knock home the game-winning 35-yard field goal from Nik Averitt as time expired.
As for this week’s slate of games, we have several marquee games, but I’m choosing to spend my Friday night at Beech High School to see the Bucs (1-0) take on rival Henry County (0-1).
Other solid matchups such as Gallatin/Blackman, Portland/East Hamilton, and Westmoreland/Macon County headline other Sumner County home games.
Without further ado, let’s dive into my Week 2 Pick ‘Em column.
Beech (1-0) vs. Henry County (0-1)
In the opening to this column, I mentioned Beech and Henry County as rivals, which may have you thinking, ‘how are Beech and Henry County rivals?’
The answer:2021 will mark the 10th time these two teams have met on the gridiron since 2011.
What we know about this game is Henry County holds a 5-4 record against the Bucs, but it is Beech who enters the contest on a two year streak against the Patriots.
Through nine contests, Henry County had outscored the Bucs 242-204 with the most significant margin of victory for either team in 2013 when the Patriots defeated the Bucs 41-20. Since that game, the margin of victory drops to nearly six points per game.
What that tells me is Friday night’s contest should be another classic on Shackle Island. The Patriots are coming off a tough loss against Summit and want nothing more than to bounce back by beating Beech.
I wasn’t at the Farragut game, but judging on the box score, it looks as if Bill Alexander’s defense is opportunistic, so with that in mind, I’m picking the hometown Bucs.
BEECH 21, HENRY COUNTY 17
Gallatin (0-1) vs. Blackman (1-0)
Gallatin vs. Blackman has been canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Gallatin High School. Gallatin High School will not receive a loss.
Hendersonville (0-1) at South Warren KY (1-0)
The Hendersonville Commandos hit the road to Kentucky to take on the South Warren Spartans.
Judging from the few videos found on MaxPreps, South Warren likes to spread you out on defense, running multiple five wide sets.
Hendersonville is coming off a tough loss Friday against the Patriots, so I’m sure James Beasley’s crew is eager to get the taste of defeat out their mouth.
Many unknowns surround this contest regarding South Warren, so, with them being at home, I will pick the Spartans to win this contest.
SOUTH WARREN 35, HENDERSONVILLE 28
Portland (1-0) vs. East Hamilton (1-0)
Portland welcomes in East Hamilton Friday night for each team’s second game of the season — both are coming off week one victories.
Inman scheduled the Hurricanes knowing East Hamilton likes to spread you out on defense, so seeing a five wide set will help prepare the Panthers for later season games.
Last Friday was a great night to be a Portland Panther as the team showed great fight and a never quit attitude.
Honestly, I don’t know a ton about East Hamilton, but I know that the Panthers will scratch and claw for four quarters.
Jalen Pero and Braylon Dowlen showed their worth as the main 1-2 punch for the Panthers on the ground against Westmoreland, but with a talented offensive line like the Panthers have, any skill position player could make for a big night against the Hurricanes.
With the game being played at Edgar Johnson Stadium, I’m giving the home team the slight advantage, but I’m eager to see how this one shakes out.
PORTLAND 28, EAST HAMILTON 24
Pope Prep (1-0) vs. Pure Youth Alliance
Pure Youth Alliance is an unknown home-school team out of Memphis, so there isn’t much to expect from this contest. I think you see a lot of different bodies in this contest if you are a Pope fan.
POPE 49, PURE YOUTH 0
Station Camp (1-0) vs. Hillsboro (0-1)
The Bison secured their first regular season victory since 2018 Friday night at White House, but Week 2 could prove to be a much more difficult test.
The Burros are coming off a tough loss at Pope Prep, so you know Brent Alexander’s crew will get the best from Hillsboro come Friday.
Before the season started, I marked this as a loss for the Bison, and Hillsboro coming off last week doesn’t do much to change that in favor of Station Camp.
As I’ve said many times, Station Camp is a much improved football team, but Friday’s contest will prove to be too difficult.
HILLSBORO 24, STATION CAMP 14
Westmoreland (0-1) vs. Macon County (1-0)
The two teams do not like one another. Friday night’s contest should be a battle for all four quarters.
The Tigers are a good Class 4A program, but Westmoreland showed they could hang with bigger schools last week in their loss at Portland. https://f0cfdd4031cabdac7ae38e14adc2a47b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
The Eagles are a hard-nosed bunch with playmakers across the field.
Sure, Macon County will be a tough out, but being at home, coming off a tough loss, gives me Chad Perry’s crew in another close contest.
WESTMORELAND 17, MACON COUNTY 14
White House (0-1) at Greenbrier (0-1)
The Blue Devils hit the road Friday night to take on their old region foe, the Greenbrier Bobcats.
Both Greenbrier and White House are coming off week one losses, respectively. Neither team put up many points in their first games of the season, so I’m not expecting Friday night to be a barn burner.
That said, this rivalry is intense and one that should be a fourth quarter contest.
Greenbrier’s Derek Taylor may be the best player on the field, mix that with the contest being at Greenbrier, and I lean towards the Bobcats.
GREENBRIER 14, WHITE HOUSE 7