It’s always fun to see where we’ve been, where we are and where we are going (maybe).
MTCS: The Cougars are 0-7 (before Forrest) and are only lacking in one area – players. They have the coaching, the facilities, the character and the support, but a deeper roster and more talent are necessities. The Cougars are probably not going to beat Eagleville but can compete with Mt. Juliet Christian and Huntland.
Eagleville: The recent 32-7 over Forrest was a wonderful surprise and really helped the 3-4 Eagles, who had eight injured players on the sidelines the week before, including the valuable Chip Hale. Eagleville should win two more before closing with Cascade. The playoffs and the future in general look good.
La Vergne: The Wolverines (2-5, 1-2) are up to their old tricks. Lots of promise, considerable talent and pre-season talk have been replaced with inconsistent play and disappointment. After a puzzling loss to Smyrna and being destroyed by Riverdale, the win over Oakland is unexplainable, and in fact, may have been a fluke. La Vergne looks poised to lose its last three, but then again, maybe not, the Wolverines have fooled us before, just ask Shelbyville. The playoff hopes are over.
Smyrna: The Bulldogs (1-6, 1-2) are doing what they always do – overachieve. They’re not winning while rebuilding but they seem to get better every week. Smyrna is probably not going to win at Oakland, but might beat Ravenwood in the Dog Pound and then they go to (gulp) Siegel.
But, the down year may be limited to only one year. The freshman team is unbeaten and Smyrna Middle is better. It would be best to remember when Stewarts Creek Middle opened, it really hurt Smyrna Middle athletics. Next fall, Stewarts Creek High opens.
Blackman: The Blaze (4-3, 1-2) have been very inconsistent. Turnovers and silly mistakes don’t usually happen to Coach Philip Shadowens’ teams. He’ll fix it and then go to Riverdale for what should be a great game, host a top 10 team in Brentwood and then host LaVergne. Does 5-5 get you to the post season? They could sneak in.
Oakland: Also inconsistent at 4-3, and 1-2 in district play, the Pats went to a very beatable Ravenwood on Friday. If they won, they should be 6-3 and hosting Riverdale in the Battle of the 'Boro on Friday, Oct. 26. Remember the Pats have their bye week the next to last week of the year. They really need Emmanuel Smith healthy. If he is able to play at a high level the last three games, Oakland is playoff bound.
Riverdale: With the Riverdale (5-2, 2-1) fans were still yelling about a needless loss to Hendersonville, a beautiful Friday arrived with La Vergne as the opponent. Problems were obvious, with the main one being Mariko Odom and his 600 rushing yards in a wheel chair on the sidelines with a broken ankle.
Then the microphone used by Assistant Principal Judy Sides to sing the National Anthem wouldn’t work and the game clock malfunctioned at kickoff. Never fear, all problems solved. The crowd sang the Anthem without being asked. Somebody fixed the clock.
Riverdale then proceeded to score on its first play, its fourth play and its 10th play and beat La Vergne easily.
However, the Warriors are not going to win the District and they have three tough games left. True, they should beat Cookeville but might beat Blackman and/or Oakland.
Siegel: At 7-0 (3-0) things are rolling along nicely for the Stars with the playoffs assured. The rest of the schedule is weak and a 10-0 regular season is definitely attainable.
Siegel is loaded with talent, great coaching and terrific support. This team is probably the best team Rutherford County has had since Smyrna won their second championship. Siegel is going to get a chance to win one for themselves. If they do, they would become the fifth school in Rutherford County to do so and the 10th champion we have had since the playoffs began.