Each week PrepTennessee.com will look at thirty different games across the state. Check in to find out more about each team and an analysis of their game on Friday night. You can also visit the PrepTennessee.com forum to talk about each game and compete in the weekly pick'em contest at the football FORUMFind out more about some of the biggest games across the state this Friday.
Cheatham County @ Gordonsville
Last season started off dismal for Cheatham County with six straight losses before they were able to put together four wins in a row. After a tight ball game in 2007 the Cheatham County Cubs hope to be able to get a big week zero win over Gordonsville. The Cubs lost last season in a tight game 27-21. Players like senior quarterback Garrett Potts, running back Ryan Phillips, and senior wide receiver Zack Wilson will look to help the offense control the ball.
Gordonsville Coach Ron Marshall hopes to build on his program after a big 2007 season in which the Tigers made an appearance in the quarterfinals with a 10-3 record. Although the Tigers took a big hit to graduation they hope some new faces will be able to step up in 2008. Look for the offense to be lead by offensive lineman J.D. Butler, and converted quarterback Chase Malone.
PrepTennessee.com Prediction:Experience may play a big role late in the fourth quarter of this ball game. The Cheatham County Cubs hope to carry their late 2007 momentum into the 2008 season. Cheatham County 28 Gordonsville 14
Gatlinburg Pittman @ Tellico Plains
Coach Benny Hammonds and his Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders (Tenn.) are expecting to have a big season. The Highlanders will be led by the strong arm of senior quarterback Taylor Ogle, 6-4.5, 195 pounds. He had a great junior campaign completing 61% of his passes for over 1600 yards and 12 touchdowns to just three interceptions. Incorporating the spread offense the offense and Ogle could have an even bigger season in 2008.
The Tellico Plains Bears are hoping to find a way to contain Ogle and the Highlanders in week zero. After a disappointing 2007 the Bears hope to have some major improvement.
PrepTennessee.com Prediction:The high powered spread offense of Gatlinburg will prove to be too much for the Bears. Look for Ogle and company to bring in 2008 in a big way. Gatlinburg Pittman 42 Tellico Plains 6
Station Camp @ Hendersonville
Week zero will bring fans a big time game atmosphere early as Station Camp and Hendersonville square off. Coach Shaun Hollingsworth and his Station Camp Bison will expect big plays from senior running back Hunter Tope, Donavan Heard, Dylan Snowden, and Matt Johnson in 2008. The Bison hope to improve on a 10-2 record in 2007 and look to start on the right foot against county rival Hendersonville.
The Commandoes from Hendersonville hope that 2008 will be much better than 2007. With over 30 lettermen returning including seven starters on both sides of the football the Commandoes should be much improved. Offensively fans can expect to see a lot of improvement led by a group of senior offensive linemen like Kevin Stephens, Ben Wilburn, and junior Austin Clem. Hendersonville will hang their hats on a strong running game in hopes of leading the way back into the playoffs.
PrepTennessee.com Prediction:With 14 total starters returning the Commandoes look to be strong in 2008. Expect a much improved team in 2008 for Hendersonville and it all starts in week zero. Hendersonville 35 Station Camp 21
Houston @ Bartlett
Nathan Jolley, 6-2, 200 pound quarterback will be tough to contain this Friday as his Germantown-Houston Mustang team takes on Bartlett. Jolley combined with Nick Nelms, 5-11, 215 pound wide receiver hope to spread the ball out all over the field. Jolley who is able to make big plays on the ground and in the air is looking to have a big season to impress college scouts. The Mustangs will rely heavily on their spread offense and the athletic play of Jolley, Nelms, and James Walker, 6-0, 212 pound running back.
This week zero game should prove to be a good one for Bartlett. The strength of Coach Armbruster's team will be his defense which returns seven starters from last year. The Panthers will be led defensively by a strong defensive line including seniors James Green, Jody Davidson, and James Green.
PrepTennessee.com Prediction:This may be one of the best games across the state in week zero. The combination of a potentially high powered Houston offense against a strong Bartlett defense will make this a close game that will come down to the fourth quarter. Houston 24 Bartlett 14
BGA @ East Hickman
Jamal Ramsey, 6-1.5, 174 pound quarterback from Franklin-Battle Ground Academy (Tenn.) looks to open up his senior season with a big performance. Ramsey and company will be able to run their high powered offense on the East Hickman Eagles with success. Senior Jamar Neal, 6-1, 245 pound defensive end will lead the Wildcats on defense and hopes to get more exposure with a big season.
The East Hickman Eagles hope to show improvement from last season, but this first game may not be the best to start. There will be several mismatches on the field as the Eagles take on the Wildcats this Friday.
PrepTennessee.com Prediction:Led by Ramsey and Neal the Wildcats will be too much for the Eagles. Expect the Eagles to show improvement, but not on this evening. Battle Ground Academy 42 East Hickman 6