DeKalb at White County- A game of the week on Friday that lived up to the billing. White County scored 20 in the first half, and held a halftime lead of 20-13, but not unlike they have a few other times this season DeKalb mounted a comeback and took home the win 35-20. DeKalb now faces down an Upperman team that played their best game last Friday, but they can afford a loss and still secure the four seed in the region. For White County they are all but eliminated from playoff contention, but will go on the road to face Livingston this Friday night.
Clay at Trousdale- Maybe the most surprising result from Friday night, Clay County goes on the road and falls 42-14. The Bulldogs had rattled off 6 straight wins since starting 2-0, and seemed as if they were rounding into shape. Maybe it is the yellow jackets however who are doing just that as they win back to back games, and score 24 plus in back to back games, for the first time this season. It does not ease up for Clay County as they will play their third consecutive road game this Friday night at 5-4 Gordonsville.
Livingston at Cumberland- The Wildcats played just their 4th road game of the season, their third if you look at the original schedule which did not include a trip to KY. It was the wildcats second trip to Crossville this year, this time to face the Jets. Both Cumberland and Livingston were 2-6 entering the game and both were looking for their first district win. It was the wildcats who would achieve the feat, scoring 19 unanswered to start the game, and playing their best half of football maybe all season. They then offensively limped to the finish line failing to score in the second half, while the defense allowed just one score all game for a 19-7 final. The Jets will take on Sequoyah this Friday night, while Livingston once again stays home and hosts White County.
Upperman hosts Stone- Easily the second most surprising result of Friday evening, the Upperman Bees were a team motivated to send a message. Head coach Adam Caine had made no bones about 8-0 meant nothing, it was a two game season, they had known that all year, and they needed to go 2-0. Well they left no doubt in the first of back to back home region match ups, scoring 41 unanswered points, leading 41-0 at the half, and ultimately mercy ruling 48-6, a Stone team that prior to losing a tight one to York was 6-1 and scoring 25 plus in every game. The panthers have now scored just 13 total in their last two ball games and finish out the toughest three week stretch you will see playing in a third straight road game, at 8-1 Macon County led by Gabe Borders.
Monterey at Jackson- The lack of numbers once again defeated Jackson County as they were unable to keep up with the level of physicality Monterey presented according to head coach Sean Loftis. A 49-0 defeat at the hands of the Wildcats, the Blue Devils turn their attention to East Robertson, another talented foe. Monterey meanwhile, will try to win back to back games for the first time since starting the year 2-0 at Smith County.
Cookeville hosts Green Hill- Maybe not the most surprising, but certainly one of the biggest results from Friday was Cookeville picking up a fourth straight win, finding a way in a back and forth 28-20 affair hosting Green Hill. The Cavs, with the win, set themselves up in a four way tie for second place, having beaten two of the three teams they are tied with, and they get to stay home yet again and host a very inconsistent and beating Wilson Central team this week.
Warren hosts Wilson Central- Speaking of Wilson Central, they sneak by Warren County in a 20-12 ball game that Warren desperately desired to win, not just on senior night, with senior QB Alex Van Vuuren returning, but also because the Pioneers have to go on the road this week to Father Ryan to end the regular season.
York at Wartburg- Much like Upperman, the dragons were undefeated entering this past Friday night, but they had certainly had their struggles. Well, also like the Bees, York used Friday night to get back on track in a big way. 40-7, on the road, they dispatch Wartburg and now have a chance for an undefeated regular season, back on the road, at 4-5 Polk County.
Pickett hosts Scott- In just their third, and their final, home game of the season, the Bobcats were held scoreless for the seventh times this season. They fall 46-0 to Scott who was also looking for a second win on the season. Pickett goes back out on the road this week, visiting 4-5 Grundy County and hoping to end their first full varsity season in three plus years on a high note.