2017 Record: 30-7
Station Camp at Beech
The Bison and Bucs do battle Friday night in Hendersonville at Beech's Shackle Island. Beech (7-0, 3-0) is fresh off a homecoming win against region-foe Hillsboro, while Station Camp (1-6, 0-3) comes in with new-found confidence following their battle with Lebanon.
Station Camp and Beech are heading in two completely different directions in 2017, but that doesn't mean Beech won't need to bring their A game Friday night.
Offensively, it has been the same story for the Bucs. Defensively, those 11-men fly to the football and bring the pain to any opposition that dare test them.
For the Bison, the maroon and white have found their success on offense on the ground. Tailback Nick Nelson has rushed for a stout 517 yards, so if the Bucs want any shot at winning Friday night, they must contain Nelson.
I've rolled with the Bucs since Week 1 and that doesn't stop this week.
Beech 35, Station Camp 14
JPII at Hillwood
The Knights take a break from Division II play this Friday night when they hit the road bound for Nashville. Destination, Hillwood. The Hilltoppers boast a 2-4 record and are coming off a big win over Glencliff last Friday night.
Outside of the 51 points scored on Glencliff, the Hilltoppers have not been good on offense. In four of their losses, two came in shut outs while the other two were a combined score of 84-6.
JPII has been playing a different level of competition as of late and I really believe that has prepared them for the easier schedule of public school teams.
Assuming the Knights take care of business where they need to take care of business I believe they win this football game big. Hillwood has given up more than 40 points in all their losses, that continues Friday night.
JPII 42, Hillwood 6
The Portland Panthers welcome in Macon County this week for homecoming at Edgar Johnson Stadium. The Tigers are sporting a five-game win streak following an opening loss to Smith County to start the season. Sitting at 5-1, 2-0 in region, the Tigers are very confident with three-year starting quarterback Seth Carlisle back for his senior campaign.
The Panthers defense has routinely risen to the occasion in each of its seven games, but it has been the offense that has let the purple and white down. If Portland can play defense like it did against White House for the rest of the season, the Panthers stand a good chance at making a postseason run.
Quarterback Caleb Mandrell and backs Drake Vanatta, Ryan Brewster, Noah Horn and Josh Fadely have all shown they have what it takes to make plays for their team. Once the Panthers eliminate their costly offensive mistakes, you could find yourself rooting for a very good Portland team, Panther Nation.
Currently, the Panthers sit at 2-2 in league play, and even though Friday night's game isn't for district standings, you know coach Cavanah's crew wants to come out and secure a victory over the Tigers. Players told me before the season this game has turned into the Panthers second-biggest rival, so I expect the Panthers to be ready for action this week.
I believe both offenses will have the same game plan, which is to keep the ball away from the opposing team and run as much clock while on offense as possible. Who will do it better is the question?
Portland 21, Macon County 20
White House @ Heritage (Glavine Day's pick)
After Heritage's just short coming of Creek Wood last week and White House only scoring six points against Portland, it shows that White House is not unbeatable. Austin Gunter is back for the Patriots in his first home outing since getting hurt. With that being said, I think that it's possible that anything can happen. Especially when you throw in the rivalry. I think Heritage is going to give White House a good run for its money, but I don't think this is the week that Heritage comes up with a win.
White House 28