Houston County @ White House Heritage
The Patriots of White House-Heritage (Tenn.) are hoping for big things in 2008 including a deeper run in the 1A playoffs. They will be lead this evening with five starters returning on offense and six on the defensive side of the ball including senior offensive linemen Joseph Newson, junior linebacker Cody Tabitt, and junior defensive end Dallas Gregory. Colliding in week zero with Erin-Houston County Fighting Irish will be a good first game tune up for the Patriots.
The Irish with a new coach are going to begin to build a winning culture for the future, but don't expect too much construction tonight.
PrepTennessee.com Fearless Prediction:White House Heritage 35 Houston County 7
Pigeon Forge @ Sequatchie Co.
The Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) Tigers are looking to make some big waves this season in East Tennessee. Led by senior offensive linemen and Western Kentucky commitment Jebb Lenhart, 6-4, 295 fans can expect to see improvement from last year's 3-7 season. Fans should watch tonight for other key players like quarterback Zach Stiles, tight end Adam Guinn, and wide receiver Logan Smelcer. Expect the Tigers to put a good fight and be in the middle of the pack of region 1-3A at the end of the season.
The Indians of Sequatchie County hope to see improvement after a 1-9 season, but don't expect much tonight. The Indians will be outmatched at many positions, but especially on the offensive and defensive lines.
PrepTennessee.com Fearless Prediction:Pigeon Forge 35 Sequatchie Co. 6
Clarksville Northwest @ Henry County
After a one win season for second year head coach Joel Schrenk he hopes things will pick in 2008. Led offensively by nine returning starters and adding four on the defensive side of the ball things are beginning to look better for the Vikings. Coach Schrenk and his staff can expect to see huge improvements and will rely on players like senior running back David Lance, junior tight end Desmond Strickland, and junior fullback Darious Wylie.
One of the hardest things about the Vikings attempt to start off the season on a good note is their first opponent, Henry County. Many have penciled in the Henry County Patriots to make a run at the 4A state championship and for good reason. Coach Joe Gaddis has a special group of players including Marsalis Teague, 5-10, 175 pound athlete and Dominque Allen, 6-0, 250 pound fullback/defensive end. Teague is receiving scholarship offers from schools nationwide including Georgia Tech, Miami, Clemson, Tennessee, Michigan, and Florida. This guy is a legit football player and could end up being the most talented player in the state at the end of the season. Teammate Allen is currently a Tennessee commitment and most recently received an offer from LSU. Allen is a hard nosed football player who projects to play defensive end at the next level, but is drawing some interest from schools like LSU as a possible fullback.
PrepTennessee.com Fearless Prediction:Henry County 42 Clarksville Northwest 17
LaVergne @ Blackman
There is nothing like a county rivalry to crank up a new season. Fans should get to see a good ball game tonight out at Blackman High School. The LaVergne Wolverines are hoping to improve after a 5-5 season in 2007, but will have to do it with several new faces. Some of the players to watch for the Wolverines include junior wide receiver Terry Hodges, senior wide receiver Ryan McBee, and sophomore quarterback Landon Grooms.
The Blaze of Blackman High School are returning six on offense and eight on defense and looking to make a run at the Region 4-5A title. Led by seniors Justin Bowers, junior DaQuan Brown, and senior Josh Patton, 6-2, 210 pounds the Blaze will have a big season in 2008. Head coach Bobby Wells has been sidelined most of the preseason with some health issues, but his discipline and coaching will shine through to get these kids ready.
PrepTennessee.com Fearless Prediction:Blackman 28 LaVergne 14
Independence @ Brentwood Academy: PrepTennessee.com Game of the Week
This game will be a huge showdown of two state championship runner ups of 2007. The Eagles of Independence hope to make another run at the 5A state championship led by the return of four starters on offense and five on defense. Players like senior offensive linemen Thomas Berry, senior running back Josh Bailey, and senior wide receiver Cameron Williams will look to carry on the winning ways the Eagles have had in the recent past.
If you want to see some the best talent in Tennessee assembled on one field go and check out the Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy Eagles. Coach Ralph Potter has a team that is loaded and ready to get back to the Division II state championship. Led on the offensive side of the ball by Alex Bullard, 6-4, 275 pound offensive guard, who has already committed to Notre Dame, as well as Thad McHaney, 6-4, 250 pound tight end prospect with well over a dozen offers including Tennessee, Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina to name a few. On the defensive side of the ball check our Barry Dabney, 6-2, 280 pound defensive tackle and Jeremy Martin 5-11, 180 pounds.
PrepTennessee.com Fearless Prediction:Even though Independence returns a lot of key players and on the surface this seems to be a good match don't be surprised to see Brentwood Academy flex some muscle for the home crowd. Brentwood Academy 28 Independence 14
Father Ryan @ Hillwood
After a 37-0 loss in 2007 to the Irish Coach Mose Phillips of Hillwood has his team ready for payback. The Hilltoppers of Nashville-Hillwood are hoping to have a big season in 2008 and improve drastically after a dismal season a year ago. The Toppers can expect to see some big players from players like senior running back Byron Marshall, junior running back Tevin Mitchell, and senior quarterback Ricky Bedell. Teams in Nashville should expect more in 2008 from the Hilltoppers because they will be much improved.
Coach Bruce Lussier has his Nashville-Father Ryan (Tenn.) Fighting Irish geared up and ready to go in 2008. After a big season in 2007 when the Irish were 9-3 and made an appearance in the state semifinals Father Ryan will begin a reloading process. The loss of several seniors has warranted the need for a few new names to step up and a few veterans to play harder. On the offensive line Sean Conway, 6-3, 275 pound offensive guard, who has offers from Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee, hopes to lead the way with counterpart Mick Cohan, 6-3, 325 pound offensive guard. The offense will also have solid play from senior quarterback Mitchell Stoffer, senior running back Anthony Wilson, and juniors Nick Bateman, Joe Francescon, and Tyler Kincaid. Another top junior for the Irish hoping to mix in more at the quarterback position is Trey McPhail. Fans can expect to see the Irish mix it up this season with several solid athletes touching the football from all over the field. On the defensive side of the football the Irish will rely on plays to be made by senior linebackers Will Donnelly and Tagbo Obi. Other solid impact players for the Irish defense will be juniors Jackson Coursey and Joe Francescon. Fans will also need to look out for senior tight end/defensive end Mark Mulloy, 6-3, 240 pounds.
PrepTennessee.com Fearless Prediction:The Hilltoppers have made a lot of improvement, but may still be a little short in cutting off the gap against the Irish. Father Ryan 28 Hillwood 6