Every few years we get a “perfect” game.
We get a lot of big games and a lot of good games, but seldom a perfect game. In order to be a perfect game it needs to be one where both teams are unbeaten, with great weather, late in the year with all hands on deck playing for a district championship.
When Oakland plays host to Blackman on Thursday night, it could meet all my requirements.
Usually, when both teams are unbeaten it’s early in the year. Not this time. This time somebody will be 9–0 and somebody will be 8-1 when the game ends. It’s always good to remember that an undefeated season does not make you state champion (see Eagleville 2011 or Riverdale 1991).
Usually you’re not sure if the game is really for a championship or there are stars injured. Those ones should be for a championship. Hopefully, there will be no injuries going in.
Sometimes the weather is bad. I can’t say for sure, but it looks good.
On a few occasions, an official makes a horrible call and ruins the game, (see Riverdale — Mt. Juliet, 1995). This happens sometimes in basketball, but very seldom in football.
It’s also a perfect game if the loser is not hurt too badly. Sure, they won’t be district champion, they will lose bragging rights, the No. 1 seed and an unbeaten season, but they will survive to play another day and still have a great season. I submit there is often very little difference in the strength of your playoff opponent if you are seeded No. 2 rather than No. 1.
This game has been building for more than two months and it’s here. Both teams are 8–0, and even with MTSU hosting Marshall the same night, I expect a full house and more at Oakland.
Who’s going to win? My picks, as always, will be in Thursday’s paper. Here’s a quick brief analysis.
Blackman treats every district game as a home game no matter where it plays. The Blaze’s support is impressive home or away. Oakland being at home gives them only a tiny advantage — maybe. This is a game that screams OVERTIME before the kickoff. If no overtime, it is likely that one turnover, one injury or one ill–timed penalty that will decide it.
There is no difference in the coaching staffs. They both are excellent and both teams are getting better each week. That’s a sure sign of good coaching.
There’s very little difference in the talent level. These teams are loaded at lots of positions on offense (especially running back), defense and the kicking game.
One stat that I like to look at is a comparison between total offense and total defense. In this area, visiting Blackman has scored an average of 38 points per game a game and given up 12 a game. Oakland has scored an average of 34 points per game a game and given up 10 a game. That’s close!
In short, the talent is close, the coaching is even, the site means little and both teams will survive. Enjoy the perfect game.
Jennings & Ayers Scoreboard
Eagleville 32, MTCS 8
Cane Ridge 47, Riverdale 22
Oakland 58, La Vergne 7
Siegel 54, Stewarts Creek 0
Blackman 28, Smyrna 13
Siegel beat Coffee Co. 25-18/ 25-15/ 25-11
Columbia beat Riverdale 25-22/ 25-14/ 13-25/ 19-25/ 15-11
Eagleville beat East Robertson 25-23/ 25-19/ 25-22
Siegel beat Soddy Daisy 25-14/ 25-16/ 25-17 in AAA Sectional
Eagleville beat Summertown 25-23/ 12-25/ 23-25/ 26-26/ 15-12 in A Sectional
Oakland 3, St. Creek 0
Blackman 2, Riverdale 0
Smyrna 6, La Vergne 1
Central 5 , Cannon Co. 0
White House 4, MTCS 0
Central 3 , DeKalb Co. 0
Siegel 1 , Blackman 0
Oakland 2, Smyrna 0
Siegel 1, Oakland 0 (championship)
Merrol Hyde 3, Central 1 (championship)
J. Mullins Jewelry Schedule:
Football (High School)
Oct. 24 (Thursday):Blackman at Oakland (WGNS)
Oct. 25 (Friday): Siegel at Riverdale (WGNS)
La Vergne at Cookeville
Forrest at MTCS
Moore Co. at Eagleville
Stewarts Creek at Smyrna
Oct. 24 (Thursday): Marshall at MTSU (WGNS)
Oct. 26 (Saturday): Tennessee at Alabama
Vanderbilt @ Texas A & M
Oct. 27 (Sunday): Titans are OFF
Nov. 3 (Sunday): Titans at St. Louis Rams
State Tournament is at MTSU, Blackman and Siegel Wednesday- Saturday: Eagleville and Siegel are there (TBA.)
Soccer — Region tournament
Oct. 22 (Tuesday): Oakland (15–41) at Shelbyville, 7 p.m.
Siegel (11–7–1) hosts Franklin Co., 7 p.m.
Full coverage of Oakland/Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School League Championship football game in this Thursday’s Murfreesboro Post.
My picks for next week will be in Thursday paper. My friend Greg Hall at City Auto recommends the following games as the best to see next week: Thursday — Blackman at Oakland; Friday — Siegel at Riverdale.
Edward Jones (Coach of the Week):
Siegel Volleyball Coach Lauren Pierce, with a 31–15 record the Stars are State bound again!