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Friday Night Recap

Teams in Region:

Livingston- Heading into their bye week it was the toughest loss to date for the Wildcats. A 35-0 defeat at home as Macon County’s Gabe Borders and Bradley Crawford came in and rushed for over 200 yards and four of the Tigers five touchdowns.

DeKalb- The tigers found themselves back in the win column after a couple tough losses. Much easier to head into the bye week having scored 42 points and given up just 10 to Cumberland County. That being said, the path is about as difficult as can be going forward, with what nearly amounts to a play-in game after the bye week at White County.

Cumberland- The Jets struggles continued on Friday night as they failed to score more than 17 points for the seventh times this season. Vice Versa they gave up 35 plus for the sixth time. They will limp into their bye week, and look forward to a reprieve afterward as their final two opponents have a combined 4-12 record.

Jackson- Came into Friday night with some momentum, having won two of their last three games. Not unlike the one they lost though, Trousdale County, Smith County Friday night was overwhelming. Bigger, Stronger, and more mature (strictly meaning more upperclassmen with experience), they ran away from the Blue Devils 40-0. Jackson County head coach Sean Loftis said his team will get away from the game for the fall break/ bye week, before returning for two crucial, and very tough, region ball games against Monterey and East Robertson.

Teams out of Region:

Warren- After winning their week one game in a thriller, the Pioneers have subsequently rattled off seven consecutive losses. On the road Friday night they fell to Tullahoma 37-0. It was the second straight week they were held scoreless, they had not been held off the board once previously. Like many others they will observe their bye week before returning to not so friendly or easy competition. Wilson Central and Father Ryan their final two games.

White- The Warriors started 2-0, then proceeded to lose four straight, before getting back in the W column with back to back victories. Scoring 41 points in back to back weeks as well, while only allowing a combined 24, they felled CAK 41-7 Friday night. As they enter their bye week, head coach Curtis Beaty said he felt as if his defense had turned a corner, and the offense was rounding into shape, sharing the football and spreading it around to several play makers.

Stone- No ifs, and, or buts about it. The Panthers lost a tough one at York Friday night 14-7. The defense played outstanding, causing turnovers and stopping York on a couple fourth down attempts as well. They gave the offense and star QB Nick Osman several chances, but after an opening drive where Stone marched right down the field, they would never sniff the end zone again, only reaching the red zone once more thanks to one of the Dragon turnovers. Stone may have the hardest remaining schedule after their bye week this week, with back to back road games at Upperman and at Macon.

York- On the winning side of a 14-7 physical ball game, the Dragons found a way despite multiple turnovers and failed fourth down conversions. Head coach Derwin Wright felt like he put his defense at a disadvantage at times but was proud to see how the answered the call time and again against what he called one of the toughest and best teams they will play. York has of course already observed their off week, but still with a zero in the loss column, they looked primed to not slow a run of 5 straight wins post bye week.

Pickett- It is no secret that Pickett is trying to rebuild their program, and it has not been easy. Held scoreless in every game except their sole win on the year, and giving up 46 plus in every game but that win, is not what they had in mind I am sure. They have not let up though, and now they get their bye week to rest up before taking on Scott in one of just three home games this year. The Highlanders are just 1-6 on the year as well.

Teams on their byes:

Cookeville- The bye week is sweeter after a win and no win was bigger than Cookeville defeating Gallatin just over a week ago. Now the Cavs have had a week off to rest and recover, before a three week gauntlet that goes at Lincoln County, then at home against Green Hill and ends with Wilson Central.

Monterey- Not unlike Cookeville, Monterey got a big win to enter the off week, by defeating Cascade 28-23 for their first win at home on the year. They took the week to recoup as well, and now close out with some winnable games before a big final test. Trousdale at home next week, then on the road for back to back games at Jackson and then at Smith.

Upperman- The Bees soared into the bye week still undefeated on the year, having allowed less than a combined 100 yards in their last two games. The offense still has to come along, but the defense has carried them to undefeated heights and after a week of checking out the competition and recovering, they return to competition outside the region next week at White House, before closing out the year with back to back region home games against Stone and DeKalb.

Clay-Starting 0-2 was not the plan for the Bulldogs. When you consider though what they lost from last years state runner-up campaign and their first game was on the road at what is now 7-0 York, it makes a little more sense. The Bulldogs have since rattled off five straight victories, and after observing their bye week this week, they look to close out strong with three winnable games, all on the road however, at Red Boiling Springs, Trousdale County, and finish off at Gordonsville.

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