Mr. Football's Weekly Picks

There were some amazing shockers in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs.

Unbeaten and 1 loss teams like Gatlinburg Pittman, Dobyns Bennett, BT Washington and Maplewood fell like flies all over the state. Will Round 2 hold the same kinds of surprises? Here's this week's state wide Mr. Football picks…

Prime Time Pick: Round 2

William Blount (6-4) at Farragut (7-3)

Man, strange things were afoot in Round 1 this year. William Blount lost three games in the middle of their season (Maryville, Farragut, Ooltewah) and it looked as if they would take a nose dive. But, don't count out these scrappy Govs just yet.

Coach Scott Meadows told the media before last Friday's game with #1 ranked and undefeated Dobyns Bennett, that his Governors would be looking for a signature win. Well, a hard fought 13-10 win later at the home of the Indians and here's William Blount, in Round 2.

Farragut beat arch rival Bearden 20-6 to get to Round 2. They were 1 point better than the Govs in week 5 of the regular season. The Admirals like to think they have the formula to beat Blount again. With huge offensive and defensive lines, Farragut just might be able to lean on a team long enough to wear them out.

They'll also wanna give Blount a healthy dose of 1000 yard running back Andre Sterling. Blount will bring a power back of their own in Darran Walker. Walker is up over 1000 yards as well, so this might very well be the battle of the 5A mega backs.

Whoever controls the line of scrimmage best and makes the fewest mistakes wins this ballgame. Neither team throws the ball very well, so look for a grinding, methodic ballgame, with moments of high flying insanity thrown in for effect.

Special teams migt be the deciding factor.

My Pick: Farragut

Other games of interest

Midway (7-4) at Coalfield (11-0)

It's not every week you stun a quality 9-1 Cosby team to the tune of 36-14. Thats what the Midway Green Wave did to get to the 10-0 Coalfield Yellow Jackets in Round 2.

Things don't get any easier this week, as the Green Wave stares down all world running back Brandon Davis. Davis is well up and over 1300 yards on the year as Coalfield's premier back. Just for good measure, he's also thrown in over 60 stops and 20 sacks as a starting linebacker.

The formula for Midway is simple…stop Davis. Yeah, right.

My Pick: Coalfield

Sweetwater (8-3) at Loudon (9-2)

No one wanted to include Sweetwater in the "big picture" of the 2A East Bracket. So, the Wildcats punched their time card each week, put in a respectable 7-3 regular season record and flew under the radar.

10-0 Gatlinburg Pittman thought they'd received a sacrificial lamb to start their deep playoff run. Sorry. Not the case. Enjoy the games from the stands. The Wildcats put a 44-28 whoopin on the unbeaten Highlanders and now everyone is taking notice.

Fact is, Sweetwater is always tough. GP knew that but didn't take them seriously enough. Now The Wildcats get a shot at big time against all world back Josh Hawkins and the Loudon Redskins. Can Sweetwater bump off another highly favored foe?

My Pick: Sweetwater

Peabody (8-3) at Milan (6-5)

The headlines said all you'd need to know about this 2006 Milan Bulldog team: "Bulldogs forfeit games, not heart". The Bulldogs found theirselves in a bit of midseason turmoil and per TSSAA had to forfeit Weeks 3 through 5.

Lots of teams would have quit. Not the 'dogs. They ran the table and finished out 5-5 for perhaps the storybook finish for 2006.

So yes, they are much better than their record reflects and yes, they will remind you of last years 3A Livingston Academy team. All heart and desire.

Peabody wants to spring all over Milan like they did 9-1 BT Washington in Round 1. They've already lost once to Milan this year 15-8. Can they find that extra 7 points this go around? Having lost to region rivals Milan, Humboldt and Westview this year, it doesn't look to be in Peabody's favor.

My Pick: Milan

White House (7-4) at Pearl Cohn (8-3)

This game went down to the wire in the regular season 35-28. The White House Blue Devils won and other than an embarrassing 0-34 loss the Station Camp, won out to get back to Pearl Cohn in Round 2. The Devils like a close scrape, as 5 of their games have been decided by 10 points or less.

The Pearl Cohn Firebirds have looked tough all year. With the exception of the one region loss to the Devils, the only other losses were to non-region Maplewood and Stratford. They blanked 7-3 Polk County in Round 1 and are looking like a team that could make a deep run.

My Pick: White House

Sevier County (9-2) at Ooltewah (11-0)

The Sevier County Smoky Bears knew they had this season in them, even after the William Blount Govs handed them a Week Zero loss to avenge last year's loss in the opener.

Since then, it's been nothing but shock and awe for Smoky Bear opponents, as QB and utility man Corey Watson has ran all over the 5A slate for 450 yards on the ground and 1000 yards through the air. Only a close 16-13 loss to region rival Dobyns Bennett mars an erstwhile perfect stretch run, Week 1 to 10.

The Ooltewah Owls have been dominating, holding 5 opponents to 7 or less points through Round 1. They finished off their last 3 opponents to the tune of 91-20. Close games with region rivals McMinn Co and William Blount, traditionally run oriented offenses, makes one wonder if they might have trouble with Mr. Watson though.

This game could easily have been the prime time pick of the week. It's a must see!

My Pick: Ooltewah

Other games of equal interest:

Trousdale Co. (7-4) @ Temple (11-0) : Trousdale beat Temple 70-22 in Round 1 last year. Looks like payback time. Temple wins.

Knox Carter (10-1) @ Knox Fulton (10-1): this would be the game of the week, if Fulton didn't own Carter. Carter has to stop Dennis Rogan…someday. Fulton wins.

Austin East (7-4) @ Knox Catholic (11-0): should be a quality tune up for the Irish. AE wants respect. Catholic wins.

Sullivan South (10-1) @ Morristown East (8-3): South only lost one game to 5A Dobyns Bennett. East is hungry and brings a Morristown tradition: power running. Sullivan South wins.

Tennessee (9-2) @ Morrsitown West (11-0): the Vikings are perennially tough, but don't see the kind of power West will bring on a regular basis. West wants Maryville. West wins.

Knox West (7-4) @ Red Bank (11-0): West is peaking at the right time, but Red Bank is "Maryville good". It was a nice run Rebels. Red Bank wins.

Ravenwood (7-4) @ Anitoch (7-4): the defending 5A champs have put a quiet 7-4 season together and look ready to rumble. Antioch's only allowed 3 points in the last 3 games. Ravenwood wins.

Hendersonville (6-5) @ Hunter's Lane (7-4): Hendersonville finished the season with two disappointing losses. One loss was to Gallatin, the other to their Round 2 opponent. Hunter's Lane wins.

LaVergne (8-3) @ Symrna (9-2): LaVergne pasted Symrna 42-21 in Week Zero action. Think Symrna would like to avenge that embarrassment? Both lost to Revenwood and Riverdale. LaVergne wins.

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