By Zach Womble for The Gallatin News
2021 RECORD: 7-6
Talk about a bad Friday night/weekend.
First, I come down with strep throat forcing me to miss Friday night’s Beech vs. Henry County game; then I wake up Saturday morning to find out I finished 2-5 in my Week 2 Pick ‘Em.
I’m not sure things could have gone much worse for me this past weekend, but thankfully, both are behind us, and I can try and move forward.
Sumner County only features three home games this week — Beech vs. Hendersonville, Pope Prep vs. Father Ryan, and White House vs. Cheatham County.
Gallatin, Portland, Station Camp, and Westmoreland all hit the road.
This Friday night, I’m headed to Memorial Stadium to see the Bucs and Commandos renew their rivalry in the newly minted Battle For Drakes Creek.
That said, we will have coverage of all games across the county, so make sure to check out mainstreetpreps.com for full coverage.
Without further ado, my Week 3 Pick ‘Em.
Beech (2-0) at Hendersonville (1-1)
The Battle For Drakes Creek.
These two communities, schools, players relish this opportunity to take on their cross-town rivals. Separated by seven miles and some train tracks, this rivalry is split right down the middle at five wins each over the last 10 seasons, but the Bucs have won four out of the previous five, including two-in-a-row.
Now that this game is back to being a region contest, you can expect even more intensity from the players come Friday night.
While there is undoubtedly a level of respect from both sidelines, you’d be kidding yourself if you don’t think we will see some good back-and-forth come kickoff.
Every year I struggle to pick this game because the teams are always so well-coached and evenly matched.
My recipe for picking a winner? Look at previous years (even though previous games have no bearing on the current year).
Over the last two years, Beech had found a way to win this football game even when things looked bleak. I’m not sure if there is a mental hurdle for the Commandos, but it certainly has to be notable how they have lost these last two meetings.
To keep a long story short, I think there will be plenty of points scored Friday night — there are just too many good athletes to believe otherwise — but I have to stick with Beech and their ability to find a way to win.
BEECH 30, HENDERSONVILLE 27
Gallatin (0-1) at West Creek (1-1)
The Green Wave hit the road for the second time this season, traveling to Montgomery County to take on the West Creek Coyotes.
West Creek, coming off a 33-0 win over Clarksville Northwest last week, should have plenty of confidence, but with a week off and a Week 1 loss festering, I think the Coyotes could find themselves washed away by the Wave.
This is a real bounce-back game for Gallatin, and I think they show what they are capable of. I think starters may be out by the third quarter and a moving clock in the fourth quarter.
GALLATIN 42, WEST CREEK 0
Pope John Paul II (2-0) vs. Father Ryan (2-0)
The Bishop’s Cup Trophy is on the line Friday night when the Irish visit Pope John Paul II for their annual showdown.
The Knights are winners of five-in-a-row over Father Ryan, so you know the Irish are coming to town to take that trophy back home.
The Irish are a talented football team, showing the ability to run and pass while limiting you on defense.
Father Ryan has outscored its opponents 61-19 in two contests, including a nice Week one victory over a talented East Nashville squad.
That said, the Knights are no slouch either. They have scored 40+ in both games this season and showcase their own set of weapons on both sides of the football. I think Friday night could prove to be a great game and one I’ve gone back-and-forth on regarding who I’m picking to win.
All streaks come to an end, but not this year.
POPE 35, FATHER RYAN 31
Portland (1-1) at Clarksville Northwest (0-2)
Portland hits the road for the first time this season on Friday night when they make the trip to Montgomery County to take on the Clarksville Northwest Vikings.
Northwest (0-2) has struggled to open the season, losing their first two football games to Stewart County and West Creek.
This should be a game for Portland where you see most starters sitting by the third quarter.
While winless on the season, Northwest has yet to score a point this season while giving up nearly 35 points per contest.
Portland may not be looking ahead to their rival White House next week, but the game against Northwest couldn’t come at a better time as the purple and white should be fully rested and ready for the Blue Devils.
I’ve said all season long the Panthers will continue to shock the midstate and their region.
PORTLAND 35, NORTHWEST 0
Station Camp (2-0) at White County (2-0)
Talk about a surprise to start the 2021 football season.
The Station Camp Bison are 2-0 for the first time since 2018, winning on the road at White House then downing Hillsboro in its home opener.
The Bison hit the road Friday night for Sparta, TN, heading to take on region foe White County. The Warriors are 2-0 this season but have only played one contest — Week 1 40-0 win over Livingston Academy. Their Week two game against Warren County was canceled due to COVID issues with Warren County.
I don’t know much about White County other than they are a strong physical team and fight for four quarters.
Station Camp will have its work cut out Friday night, and I know the fans desperately want me to pick against the Bison, but my record is on the line here.
I’m rolling with the Bison for the first time this season.
STATION CAMP 28, WHITE COUNTY 24
Westmoreland (0-2) at Watertown (0-2)
Two 0-2 football teams meet on the gridiron for their first region game of the season Friday night when the Eagles fly to Watertown to take on the Purple Tigers.
Watertown has been a thorn in the Eagles side these last few seasons, and getting a win over the Purple Tigers would go a long way in determining Westmoreland’s playoff fate.
Friday night will be a tough go for Chad Perry’s crew, but they will be prepared if nothing else.
After facing a 5A program and a 4A program to start the season, Class 2A competition doesn’t seem that daunting at all.
Westmoreland has shown the toughness, grit, and never give up attitude in their first two games and that should serve them well come Friday night.
That said, on the road, against a team Westmoreland doesn’t typically have a ton of success against, I think the hill could be too tall to climb.
WATERTOWN 21, WESTMORELAND 17
White House (1-1) vs. Cheatham County (1-1)
Friday night could make for a quick night if you are a Blue Devil fan as the Cheatham County Cubs come to town looking for their second win of the season.
The Cubs may be overmatched in this contest, and it could be a game where you see some third-string players getting plenty of playing time come the second half.
I think White House is poised to improve to 2-1 after Friday and should be well-rested for their rivalry contest against Portland next week.
WHITE HOUSE 28, CHEATHAM COUNTY 6