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Prep football opens regular season Friday

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I had a great year picking high school football last year and for the second year in a row, narrowly beat all local media.

I went on to predict the Giants in the Super Bowl and the NBA's Miami Heat.

I also picked the Yankees and the Cardinals in the World Series. We shall see.

There's a down side. I missed pick Kentucky in college basketball but did pick the Tide in football, missed badly on horse racing's triple crown and also missed the Stanley Cup.

With that in mind, here we go for 2012.

Eagleville eked out a 28-27 Talon Field win last year over Westmoreland and went on to a perfect regular season. I think the Eagles will win their opener again regardless of being on the road.

I'm afraid Nashville Christian will have little trouble beating MTCS. It was 38-7 last year and likely will be much the same in 2012.

Riverdale destroyed the Brighton Cardinals 49-6 last year. The Warriors travel this year and it may be a tad closer. RHS will miss Adam Davenport, who once scored a long touchdown with only one shoe, but it will still be an opening win for the red and gold.

Oakland's road opponent, Arlington, is coming off their best year ever at 9-3. Oakland won last year 27-17, but this year Oakland is younger and Arlington is older. This long road trip bothers me, the first of four straight road games for the Patriots. This is a very important game for Oakland and there is hope. Remember that West Tennessee AAA football is almost always behind the rest of the state.

Antioch lost every non-district game on their schedule last year and still went to the playoffs. Tells you something about Nashville football and the TSSAA playoff system. One of those losses was a 31-0 whipping to La Vergne. It may be a touch closer this year, but it will be another Wolverine win. These teams don't like each other much.

Smyrna lost 29-26 to BGA last year and it happened at the Dog Pound. This one is extremely important to the Dogs. I'm hopeful and it could be close, but I see another Wildcat victory.

Blackman beat Independence 14-9 in the home opener last year. This one is close and Coach Philip Shadowens can engineer miracles, but I see a loss here, and it won't bother me if I'm wrong!

Siegel beat Franklin 35-30 last year, and I think, despite having to travel, Siegel will win again. The Stars are ready to prove they are in the mix to stay. This is your wgns radio game.

So far I've read three predictions on how this district will finish, and I think they are all wrong. I like Riverdale at No. 1, Siegel at No. 2, followed by Blackman, Oakland, La Vergne and Smyrna. As always the season is full of unknowns. Nothing is certain. If Riverdale's quarterback stays healthy, they win, but can they beat Siegel?

If Oakland beats Blackman, the Pats can finish third and maybe higher.

La Vergne is again good enough to beat Smyrna but seldom do, but if it happens, can they upset someone else and move up?

Two things are certain: Our locker rooms are full of outstanding players and four head coaches, plus a dozen or more assistants, with championship rings. Some of them have two or more rings. Get ready – it should be fun!

Interesting sidebar: One coaching staff has been informed that the time to win is now. With that in mind, at least two head coaches are looking very seriously at the Stewarts Creek job, which will be filled in early 2013. Stewarts Creek will open and, in my judgment, be immediately competitive in most if not all sports. I find it interesting that all six Rutherford County AAA head coaches are qualified along with numerous assistants.

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Blackman, Inside Sports, Jamboree, Jeff Jordan, La Vergne, Oakland, Prep Football, Riverdale, Rutherford County, Siegel, Smyrna, Sports
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