2020 RECORD: 20-13
Last Week: 4-3
At this point, I’m not entirely sure you can trust my weekly predictions.
A 4-3 mark last week is about my norm, so don’t expect much better this week.
Most every team in the county is out-of-conference, minus Portland, who welcomes White House Heritage to town for a critical Region 5-4A matchup.
The Beech Buccaneers will be off due to multiple players testing positive for COVID-19, meaning their game with Lebanon is considered a no-contest.
Only Gallatin and White House are at home this week, fans, so Week 6 might make for an excellent opportunity to tune in to WNSR 95.9 as host George Plaster and co-host Zach Womble take you On the Field.
Without further ado, my Week 6 picks.
Gallatin (3-2, 1-0) vs. Wilson Central (2-3, 1-1)
The Gallatin Green Wave (#17) hosts the Wilson Central Wildcats Friday night for Homecoming. The Wave are 3-2 following back-to-back losses to Mt. Juliet and Collierville.
After starting the 2020 season 0-2, Wilson Central bounced back to win two out of the next three, including a near-upset of Mt. Juliet (#9) last week.
The season feels as if it can go one way or the other for the Wave. Lose this game and you 3-3 on the season with an outstanding Henry County team coming to town the following week. There is no room for self-doubt, especially this week.
Give me Gallatin but in a close one.
PICK: GALLATIN 28, WILSON CENTRAL 20
Hendersonville (3-2, 2-0) at Independence (3-1, 2-0)
The Hendersonville Commandos (#22) hit the road Friday night bound for Williamson County to take on the Independence Eagles (#10) in what should be a fun non-conference showdown.
After losing a tough opening night contest against rival Summit, Independence bounced back to win three straight over Centennial, Blackman and Franklin (#12).
Defensively the Eagles have found their groove, limiting teams to just nine points per game.
If Hendersonville can pull off this upset, look for them to have a strong case to skyrocket in the next MSP Top 25.
Hendersonville is a good football team, but I like Independence in this one.
PICK: INDEPENDENCE 28, HENDERSONVILLE 17
Pope John Paul II (4-1, 1-1) at Franklin (2-3, 0-2)
The JPII Knights (#11) take the trip south Friday night to play the Franklin Admirals in their Week 6 non-conference showdown.
The Admirals are coming off a loss to Independence (#10) last week while the Knights are trying to get back on track after the 45-21 loss to Christian Brothers.
This will be the second Class 6A football team JPII has played this season, and I know Franklin is chomping at the bit to host a DII-AAA school. I like the Admirals on this one.
PICK: FRANKLIN 28, JPII 17
Portland (2-3, 0-2) vs.WH Heritage (4-1, 1-1)
The White House Heritage Patriots come to town Friday night for an all-important Region 5-4A matchup.
The Panthers have dug themselves a hole at 0-2 in league play, but a win Friday night will jumpstart their playoff hopes.
The Patriots are coming off back-to-back wins over Sycamore and Greenbrier while the Panthers are back in the win column following a two-week hiatus.
Portland showed the ability to get up and down the field last week, and if they can do the same this week, they stand a chance.
However, I think WH Heritage makes enough plays to take down the home team and improve to 2-1 in league play.
PICK: WH HERITAGE 28, PORTLAND 18
Station Camp (0-5, 0-2) at Stewarts Creek (2-3, 1-1)
The Station Camp Bison are Smyrna bound as they head to Stewarts Creek this week.
The Red Hawks average 25.5 points over the last two games, but have lost both against Oakland (#1) and LaVergne.
Station Camp is trending in the wrong direction as the Bison hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown since Week 2 against Gallatin.
Defensively they are giving up 39 points per game, and for an offensive attack like Stewarts Creek, it could be a long night for the visiting team.
PICK: STEWARTS CREEK 49, STATION CAMP 6
Westmoreland (1-3, 1-1) at Clay County (3-2, 1-1)
The Eagles make the trip to Clay County Friday night to take on a reliable football team in the Bulldogs.
Clay County boasts wins over Cumberland County, Jo Byrns, and Columbia Academy this season while the Eagles are looking to turn the tide.
Westmoreland has played outstanding teams through the first five weeks of the season, and I believe that has made them better than their record.
I’ve got a hunch the Eagles soar down to Clay County and come back a winner.
PICK: WESTMORELAND 14, CLAY COUNTY 7
White House (1-3, 1-1) vs. Watertown (4-1, 2-0)
After starting the season out on a positive note against Station Camp, the last three games have not been kind to the White House Blue Devils as they are riding a three-game skid.
After facing Trousdale County in Week 2, the Devils get their shot at the second 4-2A team on their Watertown Purple Tigers schedule.
The Tigers should be favored in this contest, but still, look for White House playmakers to make their presence felt. White House will not go away easy, but I anticipate the Tigers being too much for the Blue Devils.
PICK: WATERTOWN 34, WHITE HOUSE 20