2020 Record: 16-10
Last Week: 4-2
My weekly pick ‘em column has been hit or miss so far this season. Last week I went 4-2 in picks for a second consecutive week.
This week presents a whole new set of challenges as four games are tossups. Of all eight county teams, only White House will be on the road this week as the Blue Devils visit Springfield.
Let's dive right into my Week 5 Pick ‘Em.
Beech (3-1, 1-0) vs. Tullahoma (4-0, 1-0)
The Tullahoma Wildcats come to Shackle Island Friday night for the first time since 2005.
The Wildcats have looked good through four games this season, beating the likes of Shelbyville and Marshall County with relative ease.
Tullahoma is averaging a blistering 40 points per game through four games, including three straight 40 or more.
However, the Bucs will have their hands full on both sides of the ball, as the Wildcat defense has surrendered just 40 points through four games.
I like Beech’s offense and their ability to make adjustments on the fly, but Tullahoma will prove too much for the boys in orange and navy blue.
PICK: TULLAHOMA 35, BEECH 28
Gallatin (3-1) vs. Colierville (0-1)
We get a chance to learn a lot about the Green Wave this Friday night when Collierville comes to town.
In two seasons at the helm, Chad Watson and company are 12-3, but last Friday night’s game against Mt. Juliet was the first time we’ve seen them dominated on both sides of the ball.
This coaching staff does not lack confidence, so naturally, that should trickle down to the team.
I think Gallatin has a golden opportunity in front of them Friday night, and I expect them to take advantage.
The Dragons are a good program, but the reality is they have not played a game since Week 1 - a 21-7 loss to Briarcrest Christian.
Battle-tested and ready to exact frustration, I think the Wave roll in a big way Friday night.
PICK: GALLATIN 35, COLLIERVILLE 7
Hendersonville (2-2, 1-0) vs. Lebanon (1-2, 0-1)
The Lebanon Blue Devils visit the Commandos Friday night for each team’s second region game.
Last year these two teams battled to a one-point game in Lebanon, with the Blue Devils coming out on top.
Hendersonville could very easily be 3-1 on the season, but unforced errors and costly turnovers thwarted their opportunity last week.
If they can clean up penalties and not shoot themselves in the foot, this program has an opportunity to give itself a chance at another region title.
Already 1-0 in league play, I like the Commandos to bounce back at home and improve to 2-0 in Region 4-6A.
PICK: HENDERSONVILLE 28, LEBANON 17
JPII (4-0, 1-0) vs. Christian Brothers (3-1, 1-0)
Two weeks ago, JPII made noise in their region with a road victory at Briarcrest Christian. Last week they continued momentum with a win over their rival Father Ryan to improve to 4-0 for the first time in school history.
If the Knights want to turn some heads this week and make a statement, they can do so by taking down the Purple Wave.
CBHS has logged wins over MUS, FACS and Houston to start the season, but is coming off a three-point loss to Bartlett last week.
JPII has momentum, they are at home and they have a chance to make a statement. Something feels unique about this Knights team, and I think they show it this week.
PICK: JPII 37, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 21
Portland (1-3, 0-2) vs. West Creek (1-1, 0-1)
The Panthers welcome in a familiar foe in the West Creek Coyotes this week, a non-region game with huge implications.
Win this game, and you are 2-3, lose and you are looking at a 1-4 start.
The Panthers are 0-2 in league play, and while this game doesn’t affect region standings, a win would do a lot for their confidence.
West Creek has scored just 31 points through two games, but the Panthers aren’t much better offensively as they have hit 20 points scored only once this season.
Special teams have been a determining factor in every game so far for Portland, and I think it will be again Friday night.
I’m taking the Coyotes for that reason alone.
PICK: WEST CREEK 21, PORTLAND 18
Station Camp (0-4, 0-1) vs. Rossview (1-1, 0-1)
The Station Camp Bison have indeed taken their lumps to start the 2020 season. That said, they get a golden opportunity this week to pick up their first region victory since 2017 when the Rossview Hawks come to town.
The Hawks have been tough to watch offensively through two games, scoring just 14 combined points, but the same could be said for the Bison.
Looking at the remaining half of Station Camp’s schedule, it’s hard to find another game where the Bison would be favored, so if they are going to pick up their first win in two seasons, they need to do so this week.
At this point, for the Bison, it is a question of belief in one’s self. I believe in Station Camp, but I’m not the one playing in the game.
Still, I like the maroon and white to come out victorious in this one.
PICK: STATION CAMP 18, ROSSVIEW 14
Westmoreland (1-2, 1-0) vs. Trousdale County (2-2, 0-1)
The Westmoreland Eagles welcome region foe Trousdale County to town Friday night as the Eagles look to improve to 2-0 in league play.
The Eagles are coming off a by week while the Yellow Jackets earned their second win last week over Gordonsville.
What is at stake for Westmoreland is simple: keep the Regoin 4-2A as a three-team race as East Robertson and Watertown - both 1-0 - look to have easy wins (Jackson County, Cascade).
Unfortunately, it won’t be that simple for the Eagles.
While the Yellow Jackets may not be the state power we have come to expect out of Hartsville, they are still a very good team.
I’m expecting Trousdale County to leave Westmoreland 1-1 in league play.
PICK: TROUSDALE COUNTY 14, WESTMORELAND 7
White House (1-2, 0-0) vs. Springfield (3-0, 1-0)
The Blue Devils travel to Springfield Friday night for their first region game of the season, and boy, what a challenging way to start league play.
The Yellow Jackets are 3-0 in games played this season, with the last two being blowouts in favor of Dustin Wilson’s crew.
The Blue Devils are coming off a double-overtime loss to Franklin Road Academy.
Ranen Blackburn will be a load for the Yellow Jacket defense, but I believe the black and gold will be prepared.
I don’t expect Springfield to put up gaudy numbers like the last two weeks, but I think they easily take this one.
PICK: SPRINGFIELD 35, WHITE HOUSE 14