Mostradamus was surprisingly dialed in for Week 1, nailing seven of nine 2021 season-opening outcomes with one of the two misses a generally accepted tossup from the start.
Week 2 is loaded with some similar 50/50 matchups, including another Main Street Preps Top 25 clash.
With a number of local squads falling in their openers, getting that first victory under their belt will be the primary goal Friday.
Let’s take a look at who actually comes through.
Columbia Central (0-1) at Dickson Co. (0-1): Central threw a scare into visiting Marshall County in last week’s opener, scoring 16 fourth-quarter points in a minute to pull even before allowing the gamewinning touchdown with 64 seconds remaining. So the Lions, looking for their third straight win in the series, should take some momentum on the road for their traditional Week 2 matchup with Dickson County – but may be without some key personnel. Junior WR Quandrees Peete sustained an ankle injury on the final play of the game, and junior DB Jay Frierson was ejected following a third-quarter incident. The big-play boost that Central’s Q Martin (seven touches, 88 yards) and Kayden McCoy (12 touches, 97 yards) provide may be enough to offset Cougar QB Colbey Lamberth and RBs Don Dunning and Clinton Shrader. Dickson County fell 27-14 to rival Creek Wood to open the season. Columbia Central 28, Dickson Co. 20.
No. 11 Independence (0-1) at No. 5 Lipscomb Acad. (1-0): Never let it be said Independence schedules lightly. After opening their season against the Division II-AA defending state champion and three-time finalist, the Eagles travel Friday to take on the DII-AA state runner-up. All Lipscomb did last weekend was rout visiting Greater Atlanta Christian 76-7 last week. Led by Boston College commit RB Alex Broome and senior classmate QB Luther Richesson, the Mustangs are every bit as potent offensively as Christ Presbyterian – which could be a problem for Independence, after giving up 523 yards, and four scoring plays of 30-plus yards, in its 48-21 Week 1 loss. The Eagles, meanwhile, gained 92 of their 298 yards on one play. A more sustained attack behind QB Joe Cummings will be a key if they can break through on the road. Lipscomb Acad. 34, Independence 24.
Lawrence Co. (1-0) at Loretto (1-0): In the only area matchup featuring two victorious teams from Week 1, both relied on their defense to come out on top. The Mustangs limited Collinwood to 199 yards while causing six turnovers, and recovered their own fourth-quarter fumble in the end zone for their only score in a 7-6 win; Caden Porter rushed for 68 yards to lead the Loretto charge. Lawrence County was outgained, but held Summertown’s attack in check for a 16-12 win. The Wildcats will hope to keep senior QB Alex Carr (85 offensive yards) on the field for the duration, after cramps cut his night short in the opener. Lawrence County has won the last 16 games of the series. Lawrence Co. 20, Loretto 13.
Mt. Pleasant (0-1) at Scotts Hill (1-0): After dropping a shootout to visiting East Hickman in the opener, Mt. Pleasant faces its second foe from Region 6-2A. Scotts Hill downed Bolivar 28-12 in Week 1, taking control with three first-half touchdowns. RBs Jayden Johnson and Chance Rogers teamed for 182 yards and a pair of TDs, while the Lion defense forced three turnovers. The Tigers found some passing game production in their loss, as WR Demarkus Brown caught three passes for 125 yards and a pair of TDs. RB Zavior Davidson added 80 rushing yards on nine carries. Scotts Hill 21, Mt. Pleasant 20.
Summertown (0-1) at Wayne Co. (0-1): Julian Birchett rushed for 125 yards and a pair of TDs on 14 carries as the Wildcats lost a 35-34 nailbiter at Hickman County. Wayne County racked up 438 yards in the loss, with QB Austin Whitson throwing for 145 yards and two TDs on 5-of-11 passing. Summertown QB Colton Shaffer rushed for 80 of his team’s 195 yards in its 16-12 loss to host Lawrence County, but the Eagles only threw for 44 yards. If they can get the air game going, Summertown may be able to pull off the mild upset. Wayne Co. 27, Summertown 21.
No. 4 Summit (1-0) at Spring Hill (0-1): Summit comes off a 50-13 win over highly touted host Henry County in a rematch of last year’s Class 5A state semifinals, as QB Destin Wade rushed for 265 yards and four TDs on six carries – including an 80-yard score and a 98-yarder. The Raiders, meanwhile, trailed by four scores at halftime of an eventual 55-32 loss at Bowling Green (Ky.) Greenwood. Junior QB Connor Swan threw for three TDs in the defeat. The two teams have split the previous 10 meetings, with the Spartans having won the last three. Summit 35, Spring Hill 13.
Waverly (1-0) at Columbia Acad. (0-1): The host Bulldogs, who managed just 85 offensive yards – 52 from freshman RB Montae Baldwin -- in a 42-7 loss to three-time defending state champion Davidson Academy, hope to right themselves against a Waverly squad that won big in its season opener but suffered a tumultuous weekend thereafter. The Tigers downed host Camden 51-14 behind QB Jacob Dooley and WRs Ryan Edwards, Ayden Brooks and Bryce Stanfield, before their town was struck by a catastrophic flash flood Saturday; the football stadium, practice field, locker room and weight room were all under water. This marks the first meeting between the two teams since host Waverly won 20-16 in the second round of the 2018 Class 2A state playoffs. Waverly 28, Columbia Acad. 21
Last week: 7-2 (.778)