West Tennessee High School Football

Week Five Game Picks

We are now in week five of the season, and every game is becoming more and more important to playoff seeding. Our guest picker this week is former Ravenwood, Tennessee State, and Atlanta Falcons receiver Chris Rowland! Here are his picks, along with the rest of our staff’s pick, plus our standings going into this week’s action: 1. Carter Mansfield 36-19 2. Braedon Henson 35-20 3. Cooper Haines 34-21 4. Isaac Leedham 33-22 5. Jake Wallman 31-24 T-6. Landen Secrest 29-26 T-6. Hunter DeNote 29-26 T-8. Kelsey Crabtree 28-27 T-8. Guest Picker 28-27 10. Jackson Utley 24-31 Game of the Week 6A #6 Ravenwood (3-1) at Brentwood (1-3) Mansfield: Ravenwood Henson: Brentwood Haines: Ravenwood Leedham: Brentwood Wallman: Ravenwood Secrest: Ravenwood DeNote: Brentwood Crabtree: Ravenwood Rowland: Ravenwood Utley: Brentwood Other Games 2A #4 MAHS (3-0) at 2A #10 Mitchell (3-0) (Thu.) Mansfield: MAHS Henson: MAHS Haines: MAHS Leedham: Mitchell Wallman: Mitchell Secrest: MAHS DeNote: MAHS Crabtree: Mitchell Rowland: Mitchell Utley: Mitchell 3A #8 White House (3-1) at 3A #5 Waverly (3-0) (Thu. at Nissan Stadium)

Hardin County Wins Defensive Battle Over USJ

After a dominant 3-0 start to Hardin County’s regular-season campaign, week four would pit the Tigers against one of the top programs in West Tennessee. DII-A is a strong classification, and the USJ Bruins have been to back-to-back state championship games. The Bruins were on offense first. The HCHS defense was prepared for the run-heavy USJ offense, as Hardin County held the Bruins to a missed field goal. The powerful HCHS offense got started and ran an efficient drive, marching down the field to the 2-yard line. The Bruin defense held the Tigers to a fourth and goal, though sophomore Ryan Weaks made a diving catch to put HCHS ahead by seven. After the Seth Garner kickoff, the senior wideout and defensive back grabbed a 48-yard pick-six to close out the first quarter. The Bruins trailed 14-0 going into the second quarter. USJ offense marched to the Tiger 21-yard line when HCHS defense forced a field goal attempt. Bruin kicker Ben Pledger just missed the 31-yard attempt, with the kick sailing narrowly to the right. Despite having given up no sacks before this game, the Bruin defensive front got to the sophomore quarterback Carter Smith. HCHS took a 14-0 lead going into the half and received the opening kick-off of the second half. HCHS’s opening drive was a tone-setter for the second half; Senior tailback Jacob Harrison punished the Bruin defense, making gains to the USJ 31-yard line. The Tigers took a risky shot play, a Seth Garner route to the endzone with two Bruin defenders on top of him. The senior snagged the ball for a highlight play, extending the lead to 21. USJ never found paydirt through the third quarter even though the clock continued to tick, and the Bruins brought in fresh legs to create some production. USJ scored early in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard rush from freshman Noah Spencer. The Bruins attempted a squib kick, and Hardin County took over at their own 25. HCHS was able to run off some clock and secured tough field position for USJ thanks to a Seth Garner punt. The HCHS defense got the stops, and the Tigers took a 21-7 win over the USJ Bruins. Next week the Tigers travel to take on Chester County in a district matchup. Chester County has found more production than last year and defeated Adamsville 41-14, reversing a 41-9 loss to the Cardinals last year. USJ opens up district play against First Assembly Christian at Carlock Stadium at 7:00 pm.

Westview Makes Statement Over Fairview

Westview and Fairview has been one of the most anticipated matchups in the entire state for the last few weeks. The Chargers are led by 4-star Alabama quarterback commit Ty Simpson, and he did not disappoint, leading to a win over Fairview by a score of 47-14. To open the scoring, Fairview looked as if they would be able to hang with the Chargers to start the night, as they marched down the field and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run by Layden Grant with 9:57 in the first quarter. The Chargers came right back, and answered with a drive of their own that was capped by a Simpson 7-yard touchdown pass to Omarion Harris. Simpson went 4 of 5 on the drive, and showed sharp command early for the Chargers. The Yellow Jackets, again, were able to sustain a long drive on their next possession, as they took five and half minutes off the clock and were able to get deep into the Chargers’ territory, but they were unable to get any points on the board. The Yellow Jackets were able to stop Simpson and the Chargers offensively on the next two possessions, holding them to two field goals from 35 yards and 25 yards to increase their lead to 13-7 in the first half. Fairview was able to get one more solid drive in before the first half ended, but the Yellow Jackets again were not able to get any points on the board as they gave up a big sack of quarterback Kennedy Pendergrass, which forced them to punt the ball. The Chargers took advantage as Simpson led them down the field to add another score to the board, as he connected with Garner Anderson on an 11-yard pass to increase their lead to 19-7. The second half belonged to the Chargers as they were able to add 4 touchdowns to the scoreboard. The first being on a 95-yard kickoff return by Javion Goins to open the third quarter. A few plays later Harris was able to intercept Pendergrass and return it for six points from 55 yards out. The fourth quarter saw the Chargers add their last two touchdowns, the first on a 40-yard scamper run from Grant. The last TD came on a Simpson pass where he found Anderson on a slant route who raced to the endzone for a 41-yard score. Fairview falls to 2-2 on the season and will look to bounce back next week on the road at region opponent Cheatham County. Westview improves to 3-1 on the season and will look to extend their current 2 game win streak on the road at region opponent Camden.

Week Four Game Picks

It is already week four of the high school football season, and there are plenty of great matchups to look forward to. Our game of the week is one of the state’s best rivalries, as Maryville will travel to Alcoa Friday night. Our guest picker this week is former Alcoa and current UTSA wide receiver, Tykee Ogle-Kellogg. Ogle-Kellogg is currently a junior for the Roadrunners. He was a state champion and all-state receiver for the Tornadoes in high school. Let’s get into this week’s picks:

Week Three Game Picks

Week three of the high school football season is finally here, and that means it is the opening week of region play for a majority of teams around the state. We have several big games this week, and our staff (plus our guest picker) will take our shot at predicting the winners. This week’s guest picker is the biggest we have had since the website began last season. Our guest picker this week is former Pope John Paull II wide receiver Golden Tate. Tate was an all-american at Notre Dame, along with being a pro bowler in the 2014-2015 season with the Detroit Lions and winning Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks. Let’s get into the picks for this week.

Hardin County Rolls Over Rival Adamsville

4A contender Hardin County continued its season on Friday, in a road trip to the rival Adamsville Cardinals. Hardin County had won the last three matchups, outscoring the Cardinals 122-0 in those games. The Tigers looked to make it four straight, and made a statement in the first quarter. After deferring the kickoff, junior Kiandre Smith recovered a fumble on Adamsville’s first play from scrimmage. HCHS took over at the Cardinal 26-yard line and quickly marched down the field, finishing the drive with a 1-yard Jacob Harrison rushing touchdown. As soon as the Tiger defense returned, a Christian White interception brought another punishing Hardin County drive. Another Jacob Harrison touchdown from a yard out extended the Hardin County lead to 14-0. Adamsville went three & out on their next drive, though Cardinal Luke Helton grabbed an interception in the endzone, returning it to the Hardin County 40 yard line. The Cardinals failed to capitalize, and after a fourth-down stop, the HCHS offense marched back out. Kaydin Pope quickly got the offense back off the field, however, four tackles, and taking a screen pass 58-yards for six. HCHS now held a 21-0 lead. Another HCHS fumble recovery would bring the offense back out once more. A Christian White rush to the 2-yard line set up a Seth Garner touchdown reception, extending the lead to 28. The HCHS defense continued to make plays, and the offense continued to score. Kaydin Pope ran in a jet sweep from 12-yards out for another Tiger touchdown. Shortly after another Cardinal punt, Seth Garner would grab a 7-yard touchdown with 1:14 left in the first half. Hardin County took a 42-0 lead going into the half, and with around six minutes left in the third quarter, Peyton Stricklin punched in a 38-yard rushing touchdown to finish the night for HCHS. The Tigers won 49-0, with kicker Nolan Foster going 7/7 on extra points. Hardin County will host Jackson Southside next week in their region opener.

Week Two Game Picks

Week Two is finally upon us, and there are plenty of intriguing matchups, as always. In this article, some of our staff and this week's two guest pickers will give you our picks for the top games in the state. Our first guest picker this week is former Maryville and current Indiana State quarterback, Cade Chambers. Chambers was a two-time state champion for the Rebels, including being named the MVP of the 2019 title game. Our second guest picker this week is former Maryville and current Tennessee running back Tee Hodge. Here are the picks:

Week One Game Picks

Football is finally back, and week one has a loaded slate of games, between some of the state’s best teams. With our game picks this year, we will have nine staff contributors, along with one guest picker that will be an alumni of one of the schools participating in the game of the week. We will update each person’s record weekly and keep up with the standings throughout the year. Our guest picker this week is former Henry County, and current Memphis defensive back Jawon Odoms. Week One Standings T-1. Carter Mansfield 0-0 T-1. Isaac Leedham 0-0 T-1. Landen Secrest 0-0 T-1. Braedon Henson 0-0 T-1. Hunter DeNote 0-0 T-1. Cooper Haines 0-0 T-1. Jake Wallman 0-0 T-1. Jackson Utley 0-0 T-1. Kelsey Crabtree 0-0 T-1. Guest Picker 0-0 Game of the Week Summit at Henry County Mansfield: Summit Leedham: Summit Secrest: Summit Henson: Henry County DeNote: Summit Haines: Summit Wallman: Summit Utley: Summit Crabtree: Summit Odoms: Henry County Other Games Milan at Peabody (Thu.) Mansfield: Milan Leedham: Peabody Secrest: Peabody Henson: Peabody DeNote: Peabody Haines: Milan Wallman: Peabody Utley: Peabody

SCRIMMAGE NOTES: Westview at Milan

This summer, Tennessee was represented in the Elite 11 camp by Westview Quarterback, and Alabama commit, Ty Simpson. The Number 4 rated quarterback in the nation began his senior season in a scrimmage against one of the state's best defensive back in Anthony Brown of Milan. Brown is a 3-star recruit with offers from some of the nation’s top programs, and plans to announce his commitment on September 14th. The hosting Milan Bulldogs began the evening on offense, and found some success on the ground, but made strides through the air. Milan quarterback Hayden Sullivan looked solid, and found success with shorter routes early on. The Westview defense bent but did not break on their first outing, and did not allow Milan to find the endzone. The Westview offense was quick, though struggled to find much success on the ground in their first possession. Ty Simpson was able to complete short range passes with near perfect accuracy. Westview found the endzone first, breaking a run for about 70-yards, followed by a Ty Simpson rushing touchdown from about 2 yards out. Milan responded by piecing together a decent drive, capped off with an Anthony Brown fade route for the touchdown. Brown would catch another of those fade routes in similar fashion, even though it was interfered with, with around 30 seconds left in the varsity scrimmage. Westview managed to find the endzone in the closing seconds to win the varsity scrimmage 27-20. Milan had the size advantage in this one, and has a lot more presence at the line of scrimmage than last year. The senior duo of Anthony Brown and Hayden Sullivan looked nearly unstoppable. The Milan defense looks to have improved from last season, as well, as they even forced an interception off of Simpson early in the scrimmage. Milan is in a great position to make a run at a gold ball in 2021. Westview has serious athletes, as well. Several of the Westview receivers showed an ability to extend plays, and paired with an aggressive run attack, Westview proved they will have an elite offense in 2021. If the Charger defense can contain some of the more powerful offenses in the state, Westview could challenge for a state title, as well. Westview and Milan continue their scrimmage schedule, with the Chargers traveling to Crockett County on the 6th of August, and Milan taking on Lipscomb Academy on August 3rd at Johnnie Hale Stadium.

Columbia Opens Preseason Against Lawrence County After Whirlwind Offseason

Lawrence County and Columbia have had many battles over the years, so it was no surprise to see these two programs scrimmaging in the preseason after not being able to work out a regular season matchup. Columbia is coming off a 6-6 season with a younger team, so the Lions will have some experience coming back in 2021. Even with that experience, we will most likely see a quarterback battle for the Lions between Parker Bush, Perry Bowman, and Luke Uselton. The Lions are breaking in a new head coach, John Moore, after the abrupt firing of former coach Jason Hoath earlier this offseason. Moore has only been at the helm since July 12th. They lost very little from last year's squad, so with a group of leaders and a great running back in Christian Biggers, the Lions seem to have some confidence going into a new region in 2021. Lawrence County, on the other hand, is coming off a 4-6 season, while losing seven seniors and a key junior due to transfer. They’re led by senior QB Alex Carr, who has been starting since his freshman year, and will also be starting corner for the first time this year. They’re back to running a more traditional Wing T style of offense, with the departure of last season's offensive coordinator. The Wildcats have been thrust into one of the state's toughest regions, and will have to play eight Region 5-4A matchups. Columbia had the numbers advantage on the sideline, but it did not seem to phase the Wildcats as much as one may think. Both teams played very stout defensively, and were flying around to open the preseason. Lawrence County continued to struggle to move the ball, turning the ball over twice to the Lion's defense. Columbia seemed to get better as the night went on, putting the ball in the endzone four times on the night. The Lions had multiple running backs find the end zone, while also leaning heavily on their solid receiving core. Both team's coaches said they have plenty of things to work on in preparation for the season. Lawrence County Head Coach David Marston said, "We have a lot we need to work on. We have to get better defensively and limit turnovers offensively." Columbia's Coach Moore said, "I liked what I saw on the defensive side of the ball, but our quarterback play definitely needs to be less sloppy." He also pointed out that sophomore running back Kayden McCoy was one of the standouts of the scrimmage for the Lions.

Hardin County Battles Riverside to Open Up Statewide Preseason Scrimmages

Hardin County fell to Lexington in overtime last year in the third round of the TSSAA playoffs, and that meant the loss of a large senior class. Most notably, HCHS lost quarterback Rivers Hunt who led Hardin County to back to back 4A quarterfinal appearances. With preseason scrimmages beginning, Riverside, a 2A team from Decaturville, Tennessee made the trip to Savannah, which answered several questions on the minds of Tennessee high school football fans.

DII-A Preseason Breakdown

With the loss of defending champion Davidson Academy, DII-A will be wide open with several teams who will contend for the state title. USJ will be the early favorite, after being the runner-up last season and not losing a ton of production from that squad. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at contenders for the state title, along with my Mr. Football pick, our website’s preseason Top 15 rankings, some of the biggest games of the upcoming season, and our website’s preseason all-state team.

DII-AA Preseason Breakdown

DII-AA has two programs that are among the state’s best programs overall in Lipscomb Academy and CPA. While it seems to be a coin flip as to which of those programs is the state title favorite, there are several other programs who have a chance to make a deep playoff run including defending DII-A Davidson Academy and Memphis-area powerhouse ECS. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at contenders for the state title, along with my Mr. Football pick, our website’s preseason Top 15 rankings, some of the biggest games of the upcoming season, and our website’s preseason all-state team.

DII-AAA Preseason Breakdown

DII-AAA is loaded with talent, and almost all of the twelve teams in the class are contenders to go deep into the playoffs. McCallie has won back-to-back state titles in the class, but will be facing several tough challenges in their quest for a three-peat. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at contenders for the state title, along with my Mr. Football pick, our website’s preseason Top 15 rankings, some of the biggest games of the upcoming season, and our website’s preseason all-state team.

1A Preseason Breakdown

1A has had some realignment, and has added one of the state’s best programs in Peabody, The Golden Tide will make the transition from 2A after winning three consecutive state titles in the class. There are several other teams that will contend for a state title, though, including defending champion Fayetteville and last season’s runner up, South Pittsburg. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at contenders for the state title, along with my Mr. Football pick, our website’s preseason Top 15 rankings, some of the biggest games of the upcoming season, and our website’s preseason all-state team.
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