Middle School football opens up next week.
Last year, Oakland Middle dominated the league and finished unbeaten at 9-0.
It wasn’t easy as the Chargers opened with a tough win over the up-and-coming Christiana Cougars. After the loss, Christiana went on to win seven in a row only to lose to Oakland again in the championship game.
As luck would have it, Oakland and Christiana open their 2013 seasons at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Oakland.
What a way to open league play.
Check out our J. Mullins Jewelry schedule for other match ups. And on each Thursday, we will have scores.
La Vergne and Rock Springs play their home games at La Vergne High, while Christiana and Buchanan play at Riverdale, Siegel plays at Siegel High, Stewarts Creek plays at Smyrna High, Blackman plays at Blackman High, Oakland plays at Oakland High and Rockvale plays at Eagleville. Smyrna Middle is the only league member with their “own” home field. Most games have 6 p.m. starts on Tuesdays.
Middle School football was once dominated by the Smyrna Middle Panthers and the now long gone Central Middle Tigers.
Over the past 10 years or so, just about every league team has been in the championship game at least once.
The 6-8 grade structure of middle schools generally means that schools rebuild just about every year. It’s hard to build on the year before; most teams don’t return many starters.
In 2012, all but one team won at least three games.
The top five were the undefeated Chargers (9-0) and Christiana (7-2) followed by the 2011 champion La Vergne Hawks (6-2), Stewarts Creek (5-3) and Smyrna (4-4).
In addition to the 80 regular season Rutherford County Middle School League games, Eagleville and MTCS will both play complete schedules. Get out to a game next week; this could be the year for your team.
Many times during the year, Greg Hall and City Auto, with a lot full of cars to see on Bridge Avenue, will recommend a game to see.
Next week it’s up to you; with middle school football, you never know what the best game will be, especially in week one.