I came one game away from having my third perfect record of the season last week. Dang it!
Still, I’ll take going 5-1. My one wrong turn was selecting Clarksville Academy to beat Tipton-Rosemark, and they came close, but close only counts in… well, you know the adage.
This week provides a drastically reduced slate of games due to fall break, though I suppose I should feel lucky. In a normal season, there wouldn’t be any Montgomery County games this week, but a few teams scheduled contests to make up for the few lost weeks at the beginning of the season.
I hereby challenge myself to go 3-0 this week. Let’s do it.
Montgomery Central Indians (3-3) at West Creek Coyotes (1-5), Thursday at 6 p.m.
This game will be different from the others this week. It’s a rare battle of CMCSS schools that isn’t a region game, but it’s also a rematch from a game last season that featured a near-brawl resulting in five player ejections and suspensions.
While some of those whose tempers flared last season have moved on and graduated, there could absolutely still be some animosity between the two squads. Couple that with a pair of frustrating stretches recently, and this one could get real gritty real quick.
James Figueroa’s Coyotes have lost four consecutive games, allowing no fewer than 31 points in any of those contests while opponents have surpassed 50 points twice. In that same stretch, West Creek has only topped 20 points once.
Jeff Tomlinson’s Indians haven’t been much better. Not counting a forfeited win against Harpeth, they’ve lost three straight, being outscored 70-7 in the process.
There is one common opponent between the two: Portland. MCHS beat them and West Creek didn’t. Additionally, the Coyotes have already been eliminated from postseason contention and the Indians haven’t, giving Montgomery Central a bit more incentive to play hard, even if this doesn’t count toward their region record.
Prediction: Montgomery Central 20, West Creek 13
Kenwood Knights (2-4) at Rossview Hawks (4-2)
Another non-region CMCSS game! How fun!
Unlike the last game, this is a game between two teams who, if the season ended today, would be in the postseason. The Hawks are coming off a loss to an excellent Lipscomb Academy team that knocked them off a four-game winning streak.
The Knights have been a bit more hit-or-miss. They beat Northwest by 47 then lost to Henry County by 62. They beat West Creek by 30 then lost to Clarksville by 17.
Compared to all those teams, Rossview is definitely closer to the Henry County end than the Northwest one. They may even come into the game with a chip on their shoulder since this could have been the week they played their rival Clarksville, but the Wildcats decided to opt for the bye week.
This could be a good game, but Rossview is just a better team overall.
Prediction: Rossview 35, Kenwood 10
Clarksville Academy Cougars (1-6) vs Monterey Wildcats (5-1)
I feel like a broken record saying this…
But I do not know much about the Cougars’ opponent this week.
What I do know is that the Wildcats are a 1A school who has dominated their way through their region, taking out local-ish schools like Jo Byrns in the process. Monterey is a pretty small school, but they still have more students than CA.
Combine that with their penchant for winning this season compared to the Cougars’ inability to get a win, and I feel pretty confident taking the Wildcats in this one.
Prediction: Monterey 38, Clarksville Academy 28