2022 record: 23-8
Last week: 5-0
I could brag about another perfect week of picks in the Robertson County-area.
But with this week’s slate of games, I feel I need to harness as much “luck” as I can.
In a season of lopsided scores, Week 7 looks to be one of the most competitive slates the area has to offer. East Robertson, White House and White House Heritage have games that could be determined by a single score.
But none are as big as Springfield-Henry County in a de facto Region 7-5A championship.
No time to waste. Let’s get to it!
No. 17 Springfield Yellow Jackets (6-0) vs Henry County Patriots (4-2)
Based on last season, whoever loses this game may be better off in the long run.
Springfield traveled to Henry County during last year’s regular season and came away with a 6-3 win, but the Patriots returned the favor with a 23-0 road victory in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
Henry County has won back-to-back games since a 2-2 start that featured losses to 6A contenders Beech and Brentwood.
The undefeated Yellow Jackets will need to move the ball if they’re to gain another win over HC. In last year’s quarterfinal, Springfield gained just 95 yards of offense.
I like Springfield in this one, but this will be one of the Midstate’s best offerings for next week.
Prediction: Springfield 10, Henry County 7
Greenbrier Bobcats (3-2) vs Montgomery Central Indians (2-4)
Montgomery Central’s Andrew White and Kade Davis are always a handful, but common opponents say this one won’t be as close as last season’s 12-6 offering.
Montgomery Central dropped a 35-0 home game to Lawrence County, then lost to Hillwood 14-7 the following week. Greenbrier beat both squads by a combined 69-0.
The only shot Montgomery Central has here is with a monster game from its pair of running backs, but at this point, I feel more confident in the defense of the Bobcats.
Prediction: Greenbrier 28, Montgomery Central 7
White House Heritage Patriots (0-6) at Cheatham County Cubs (1-5)
Stop me if you’ve heard this before:
If White House Heritage is to win a game in 2022, this game is its best shot.
Two of the next three contests against Cheatham County and Stewart County – who share one win this season – might be Chad Broadrick’s best chance to put something together in his first year.
Cheatham County hasn’t been much better than Heritage this season. The Cubs started the year with a 19-0 win over Glencliff, but they’re coming off an 18-14 loss to cellar-dwelling Whites Creek.
I might pay the price for picking Heritage here, but there’s no reason they should lose this game.
Prediction: White House Heritage 20, Cheatham County 14
White House Blue Devils (3-3) at Fairview Yellowjackets (4-2)
After a sluggish first half against Sycamore, White House put up 35 points across the final two quarters last week to win 38-6. It snapped a two-game skid and kept the Blue Devils in contention for a home playoff spot.
If White House is to secure a top-two seed in Region 6-3A, they’ll need to knock off Fairview Friday night. The Yellowjackets, led by the trio of Crawford Claxton, Layden Grant and Mays McCoy, have scored 40-plus points in consecutive games.
A lot will need to go right for the Devils – and maybe some wrong for Fairview – to hand their opposition a home loss.
Prediction: Fairview 34, White House 21
East Robertson Indians (5-1) vs Watertown Purple Tigers (2-4)
East Robertson head coach Chase Brooks made it clear: this is the biggest game of East Robertson’s season.
A win over Watertown would seal a few things: 1) It would be the Indians’ first win against the Region 4-2A foe since 2009. 2) East Robertson secures a home playoff game. 3) The Indians clinch their first winning season in 13 years.
Like fellow 4-2A powerhouse Trousdale County, Watertown isn’t as dominant as normal, but that may be due to a brutal non-region slate that included 4A semifinalist Upperman, 1A runner-up Fayetteville and one-loss Dekalb County.
That said, you can’t go against the hot hand. Brooks and company will move to 6-1 with a huge win over Watertown.
Prediction: East Robertson 28, Watertown, 20
Jo Byrns Red Devils (2-4) vs Gordonsville Tigers (4-2)
Regardless of the reason, Jo Byrns is scuffling right now.
With last week’s 41-0 rivalry defeat against East Robertson, the Red Devils have dropped back-to-back games by a combined 84-6. Head coach Tom Adkins isn’t happy with their tackling efforts defensively, and dropped passes proved to be a common occurrence against the Indians.
Those things can’t happen if Jo Byrns were to even stay competitive with 4-1A favorite Gordonsville.
The Devils were a better team record-wise at this point last season, and they still lost both games to Gordonsville handily. I’ll take more of the same Friday.
Prediction: Gordonsville 41, Jo Byrns 6