2019 RECORD: 52-13
Can you believe we are in the last week of the high school football regular season? WOW!
Last week my picks went 6-1 with the only blunder coming in the Blue Devil’s upset win over Montgomery Central.
Throughout Sumner County, we have Beech, Gallatin, Hendersonville, and Portland High School all guaranteed to make the playoffs.
There is still work to be done for Westmoreland, who can make the playoffs with a win over Cascade this Friday night.
Pope John Paul II, Station Camp, and White House have all been eliminated from the post-season.
Without further ado, my Week 11 Picks, and Previews.
Beech (9-0) at. Hillwood (4-5)
The Beech Buccaneers will close out the regular season this Friday night on the road at Hillwood High School.
The Hilltoppers sit at 4-5 on the season and on the outside looking in for the playoffs.
The Bucs are coming off a very emotional win last week against Gallatin, clinching the region championship for the second time in three seasons.
Beech will host a first-round playoff game and is likely to host throughout the playoffs. Hopefully, this team doesn’t get caught in a trap game on the road.
I think Crabtree and staff have done an excellent job coaching this year’s team, and I expect that to continue this Friday night.
Bucs finish the regular season unbeaten.
PICK: BEECH 35, HILLWOOD 7
Gallatin (8-1) vs. Glencliff (0-9)
The Gallatin Green Wave host their final home game of the regular season Friday night when Glencliff comes to town.
The Wave have locked up a home playoff game in round one, so much like Beech, hopefully, they do not overlook their final opponent of the regular season.
This game is a great opportunity to get your starters some rest, and a chance for the younger guys to step up and play meaningful football.
I don’t believe this game is particularly close.
PICK: GALLATIN 49, GLENCLIFF 0
Hendersonville (4-5) vs. Mt. Juliet (6-3)
The Commandos will play for the Region 4-6A Championship Friday night at home when they host the Mt. Juliet Golden Bears.
Sitting at 3-1 in region play, the Commandos will try and upset the reigning region champions who are a perfect 4-0 in league play.
If the Commandos drop this game and Lebanon beats Rossview, they will fall in a two-way tie with the Blue Devils for second place. The Blue Devils hold the tiebreaker after beating Hendersonville 21-20 earlier this season. A win means region champion and a home playoff game, a loss means third seed in the region and a trip to either Blackman or Cookeville.
This is going to be a tough game to win for the Commandos, but I think they can pull off the upset and win the region for the first time since 2008.
PICK: HENDERSONVILLE 28, MT. JULIET 24
Pope John Paul II (5-4) at St. Benedict (3-6)
While the playoffs are out of the question for the Knights, a winning record is not.
The Eagles have just three wins on the season against teams that have a combined record of 3-27.
I think the Knights will have no problem going on the road and getting a win to close out the season.
This game should also present a great opportunity for the coaches to get all the young players valuable playing time.
It’s also a great chance for the seniors to go out with their heads held high. What this class has accomplished the last four years is remarkable, and a big reason why the Knights have such a bright future.
PICK: JPII 56, ST. BENEDICT 7
Station Camp (0-9) vs. Wilson Central (5-4)
The Station Camp Bison have fallen on hard times in 2019. At 0-9 on the season, they have the opportunity to put all that behind them hosting Wilson Central on senior night.
Friday night will be an emotional night for the seniors that wear the maroon and silver, as most will play the final football games of their life.
Opportunity awaits the Bison, and I’m hopeful they can seize it.
Wilson Central is a good football team, but Friday night is a winnable game for the boys on the East Bank.
I believe in the Bison.
PICK: STATION CAMP 21, WILSON CENTRAL 14
Westmoreland (4-5) vs. Cascade (2-7)
The Westmoreland Eagles welcome in the Cascade Champions Friday night in a win-or-go-home scenario.
The Eagles have lost three games in-a-row, averaging just four points-per-game on offense, and giving up 26 points-per-game on defense.
The goal for the Eagles is always the playoffs, and I’m sure coach Perry is reminding his team of that this week.
I think the Eagles soar over the Champions and get back into the playoffs.
PICK: WESTMORELAND 21, CASCADE 6
White House (4-5) vs. Greenbrier (2-7)
The Blue Devils threw a wrench in the Region 5-4A playoffs last week with their upset bid over Montgomery Central.
They also gave themselves a shot at a 5-5 record to finish the season if they win Friday night on the road.
The Bobcats have shown to be a tough out in region play this year, but I think the Blue Devils will come in with supreme confidence and head home victorious.
PICK: WHITE HOUSE 35, GREENBRIER 21