Wilson Central visits Mt. Juliet -
The world was different in 2008.
Beijing, China hosted the Summer Olympics, Senator Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States and the bankruptcy of investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered a global financial crisis.
Also in 2008 -- Wilson Central defeated Mt. Juliet 39-27 in football.
In the 12 years since that game, the Golden Bears have dominated the series, including a tight 10-7 win last year in Gladeville.
The 4-1 Wildcats are hoping to break that streak Friday as they travel to the Mel Brown Athletic Complex to take on a 5-0 Mt. Juliet squad.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the gate.
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Coach Brad Dedman's WCHS squad is coming off its best offensive performance this season -- a 49-20 homecoming win over Hunters Lane.
The Wildcats piled up 382 yards in total offense, 334 on the ground, and 15 first downs.
Workhorse senior Blake Hobbs scored three touchdowns and ran for 78 yards in the win.
"Our kids have bought in to our identity," Coach Dedman said. "We're low in numbers, and a lot of our guys are playing both way, but they (the players) love it. We like our defense to help us play field position, create scoring opportunities for the offense.
"This is a big week for us, anytime Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet play it's big."
On the other hand, Mt. Juliet got out to a 24-0 lead at White County and found themselves in a shootout -- winning 44-32.
Senior quarterback Stephen Swoner completed 18-of-24 pass attempts for 263 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's 44-32 win at White County. He also ran for 58 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.
The Bears have scored at least 34 points per game and are averaging 40.4 points per contest while giving up an average of 15.8 ppg.
Wilson Central has relied heavily on its defense and is allowing 13.7 ppg while scoring 21 per game.
Aside from the usual cross-county rivalry, us versus them aspects of the game, there's more riding on this one than just bragging rights.
Both teams are members of Region 5, 5A and the pecking order for postseason play will be impacted by Friday's outcome.
Mt. Juliet is presently tied for first place in the region at 2-0 with surprising Station Camp and Green Hill.
Wilson Central stands 1-1 while White County, Hunters Lane and Hillsboro are all 0-2.
White County at Green Hill -
A dangerous White County club travels to N. Mt. Juliet Friday as the Warriors challenge Green Hill in another Region 5, 5A game.
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The red-hot Hawks moved to 4-1 on the season following last week's thrilling 21-20 come-from-behind win at Hillsboro.
Green Hill scored in the final seconds of regulation and successfully converted a two-point conversion to pull out the victory.
White County (3-2 overall with a COVID-19 win) touts one of the top ground-gainers in the Mid-State in junior Malaki Dowell.
Maplewood at Friendship Christian -
Still smarting from a 28-21 home loss last week to The King's Academy, Friendship Christian School returns to action Friday against Nashville's Maplewood High.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Pirtle Field on the FCS campus.
The Commanders come in 2-3 overall while the Panthers stand 1-3 following last week's 41-18 loss to Stratford
Watertown at Upperman -
Surging Watertown hits the road Friday and heads to Baxter to take on the Class 4A Upperman Bees.
After blasting Region 4, 2A rival Whites Creek 38-8, the Purple Tigers have won three in a row and stand 2-3 after a couple of losses to start the season.
Upperman (4-1 with a Covid win) is coming off a 27-9 home win over Stone Memorial High.
Upperman and Watertown share a common opponent as both teams have played defending Class 1A state champion Fayetteville.
WHS lost 42-20 to the Tigers in the 2021 season opener while the Bees dropped a 19-14 decision to Fayetteville back on Sept. 10.
Lebanon at Lincoln County -
Longtime rivals Lebanon and Lincoln County get together Friday in Fayetteville for a 7 p.m. game at Meadows-Thompson Stadium aka "The Pit."
Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM 98 a\nd online at www.wantfm.com.
The 4-1 Blue Devils are off to their best start since 2006 and posted a 28-14 homecoming win over Coffee County last week at Tribble Field/Watkins Stadium.
The Falcons return home 1-4 after snapping a four-game losing streak with a 21-20 victory at Spring Hill last week.
LCHS head coach Kevin Rose was relieved of his duties earlier this week. Assistant coach Eddie Cunningham takes over on an interim basis.