Ah, my first official pick ‘em for Main Street Preps.
I’ve done two individual game previews so far -- one for each previous week -- and gotten both winners right, even though my scores were a bit off.
That said, I’m considering myself 2-0. Deal with it.
Clarksville Northeast at Kenwood (Friday - 7 p.m.)
Speaking of individual game previews, I did one on this game. Go ahead and read that for my full analysis.
The abbreviated version goes like this: Both teams are 0-2 and have been pounded by really good programs. Regardless, both teams feel confident and have the ability to score the ball, and with this being the Region 7-5A opener, a win could go a long way for either team’s morale.
Pick: Northeast 29, Kenwood 22
Clarksville Northwest at West Creek (Friday - 7 p.m.)
If I could be in two places at once, I would very much be attending this game on Friday. Sadly, just like eating dessert three times a day, it’s just not possible.
Northwest is 2-0 and has allowed just seven points all season after pulling off a shutout in the preseason jamboree. Their defense is legitimate
West Creek (1-1) is coming off a crushing defeat to Montgomery Central and might see a few of their key playmakers suspended as a result of a fight that occurred. If those guys do play, this game gets extremely interesting as the Coyotes’ offense has lethal speed.
If they don’t play, Northwest probably wins with relative ease, unless West Creek gets some sort of miracle performance from an unexpected source.
Prediction: Northwest 20, West Creek 12
Fayette Academy vs Clarksville Academy (Friday - 7 p.m.)
Perhaps no other team in the county has been more of a pleasant surprise so far than Clarksville Academy. The Cougars, under first-year head coach John Crosby, have won their first two games by 40 points each but will face their toughest test so far in Fayette Academy.
The Vikings are 1-1 with a blowout win and a blowout loss, both against good-not-great teams. Their inconsistency makes this one a tough game to predict.
Because the Cougars have shown so far that they can obliterate opponents and their confidence will be running high at home, I feel compelled to give them the edge.
Prediction: Clarksville Academy 28, Fayette Academy 20
Montgomery Central at Portland (Friday - 7:30 p.m.)
The 2-0 Indians could be in serious trouble if their star running back Lakendriez Sanders misses time after an ejection during their game against West Creek.
They match up with Portland (1-1) this week. Neither team has faced much of a blue-blooded challenge quite yet, but Montgomery Central is coming off a win. The big disadvantage is that they have to take the road for a 1.5-hour drive.
If Sanders plays, the Indians should be able to take the win rather handily. Things get highly complicated if he does not, and the defense will have to pick up the lost production -- something I think they are capable of.
Here’s assuming Sanders misses the game.
Prediction: Montgomery Central 17, Portland 15
Wilson Central at Rossview (Friday - 7 p.m.)
Rossview was able to shake off a crushing week one rivalry loss by coming out on Friday to edge out LaVergne by one touchdown.
This week might not go as well during their home opener. The Hawks welcome Wilson Central, who is 2-0 with a blowout of Springfield and a nail-biter win over Overton.
The key point here is rather simple: The Hawks have not held an opponent under 24 points this season and Wilson Central has not been kept under 28. That appears to be a problem for Rossview.
Prediction: Wilson Central 31, Rossview 20
Stewarts Creek at Clarksville (Friday - 7 p.m.)
This one should be interesting. Stewarts Creek is currently ranked No. 15 in the Main Street Preps Top, while Clarksville just dropped out of the rankings on the heels of a one-score loss to Springfield.
The Wildcats have home field working in their favor, and this will be the Red Hawks’ first game on the road this season. Both of those are notable factors.
That said, I do not think it will be enough for the Wildcats to edge out the premier program.
Prediction: Stewarts Creek 30, Clarksville 20