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Record: 12-8

Last week: 3-4

So, I did not pick particularly well last week. 

Typically, I would be upset with that, but not this week. Two of the games I picked wrong -- West Creek vs. Portland and Montgomery Central vs. Creek Wood -- ended up being upsets in favor of the Montgomery County teams, and it is difficult to be upset about that. 

In fact, West Creek coach James Figueroa even told me that my pick of them losing motivated them to go out and win. Nice. You’re welcome, Coyotes! 

Several county teams hit the road to play tough, out-of-county opponents this weekend, making for some relatively simple choices that I wish I did not have to make. Perhaps I’ll become bulletin-board material again:

Dyer County at Clarksville (Friday at 7 p.m.)

Welcome to bulletin-board material Exhibit A. 

Clarksville has already faced several tough teams this season, which should have them prepared for their meeting with the Choctaws, who just pummeled Northeast. One reason for the Wildcats to be hopeful, though, is that Henry County beat Dyer County more than Henry County beat Clarksville. They are also playing at home, meaning the Choctaws will have to make 2.5-hour bus ride.

It would be easy to pick a blowout here, and while I do not think the Wildcats make it out with the victory, it certainly has close-game potential. And there’s a chance things go the other way.

Prediction: Dyer County 24, Clarksville 17

Clarksville Northwest at Summit (Friday at 7 p.m.)

This one will not go well.

Summit is the No. 11 team in the latest Main Street Preps Top 25 poll and have won all five of their games by at least two scores. On the other hand, the Vikings are coming off a 13-point loss to Kenwood (2-3) in which their strongest unit -- the defense -- looked shaky at best.

Northwest won’t be able to get back on the bus quick enough.

Prediction: Summit 50, Northwest 7

West Creek at Clarksville Northeast (Friday at 7 p.m.)

Coach Figueroa wants me to pick the Coyotes to lose again to keep the motivation up heading into this game. I’m sorry, James, I just can’t do it.

West Creek is coming off a record-breaking, 51-point performance in a shocking win over Portland, while Northeast lost their starting quarterback to the transfer portal and is 0-5. You tell me which team you’d take. 

In Northeast’s defense, they have played some difficult teams, lost close games and have reason to believe their new freshman QB will turn things around in time. But it probably won’t happen right away.

Prediction: West Creek 38, Northeast 21 

Clarksville Academy at Nashville Christian (Friday at 7 p.m.)

The Cougars continue to fall. Now on a three-game skid following a plus-80 pair of wins to open the season, Clarksville Academy is looking for a big game to break them out of their funk and give them their swagger back.

Beating the Eagles would be exactly that, but it’s a tall test against a team that is an upset or two away from being ranked in the Main Street Preps poll.

Academy will head into Week 6 inspired and hungry, but it will take a lot more than that to pull off the road upset against a defense that has allowed just six total points in its last two games. 

Prediction: Nashville Christian 41, Clarksville Academy 10

Kenwood at Henry County (Friday at 7 p.m.)

The Kenwood Knights are an interesting case. They are just 2-3, but their two wins have come in conference play and they feel capable of securing a home playoff game. There is a lot of talent there, but they’re about 10 penalties per game away from actually cashing in on that promise.

The Knights will need to play a near-perfect game against the Patriots, who have beaten Brentwood, Clarksville and Dyer County. Kenwood has plenty of experience against elite teams so far, but unless they play a perfect game, coming out of Friday with a win is unlikely.

Prediction: Henry County 49, Kenwood 26

Montgomery Central at Harpeth (Friday at 7 p.m.)

The Indians are riding high after an upset over ranked Creek Wood and get a much more manageable opponent this week. They will pay a visit to 1-4 Harpeth -- also the Indians -- who have not won a game in September.

As long as Montgomery Central does what it does best and runs the ball with Lakendriez Sanders and gets a few stops on defense, these Indians should be able to keep their momentum going with a relatively easy win over those Indians. 

Prediction: Montgomery Central 28, Harpeth 3

Dickson County at Rossview (Friday at 7 p.m.)

As difficult as Rossview can be to predict, they have seemingly turned it on in recent weeks.

With quarterback Gabe Sibert settling in and the defense holding teams under double digits for two consecutive weeks, the Hawks appear to be on their way up.

It would be easy for them to overlook the Cougars (1-4) and think ahead to their Week 7 matchup with Mt. Juliet. For the time being, it would take a meltdown for the Hawks to lose this week.

Dickson County’s offense is anemic, and they have been shut out three times and average just four points per game. Rossview’s defense should have no trouble keeping the stress off Sibert and the offense. 

Prediction: Rossview 21, Dickson County 3

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