Hardin Valley at William Blount
After two games, William Blount is still looking for its first win of the season, with losses coming at home to Loudon and last week at Morristown East. But now it's home sweet home against the Governors and they're looking for some good fortune against Hardin Valley, this week's USA Today Game of the Week. The Hawks are coming off of a dominant win on the road at Karns led by the stout defensive presence of Zach Readett, who recorded eight tackles, a sack and a safety in last week's win. Hardin Valley looks to turn up the defensive pressure against a team who has lost its last nine, dating back to last season. William Blount will compete, but won't get over the hump this week.
Vincent's Prediction: Hardin Valley
Catholic at CAK
In perhaps the most intriguing game of the weekend, Catholic will travel to CAK to tussle with the Warriors in a district rivalry. Both teams have improved from a year ago and both are coming off of commanding wins from a week ago. Offensively, CAK is led by junior quarterback, Cole Smith, who completed 33 of his 40 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns in a win against Powell. But Catholic comes in this week only behind Fulton as the 2nd ranked team in the state for class 4A. Although both teams put up plenty of points on the board last week, this could be a close, low-scoring affair with Catholic coming out on top.
Vincent's Prediction: Catholic
Austin-East at Fulton
Austin-East has improved from a year ago, a season where it only won once, but they have yet to score this season. Granted, their schedule has been one of the toughest in the area, with contests against Grace Christian and Anderson County, but it doesn't get any easier. They play Fulton, who has outscored its opponents 167-3 on the year. The Roadrunners don't have a shot this weekend and this will be another video game-type of night for Fulton for the third week in a row.
Vincent's Prediction: Fulton
Oak Ridge at Clinton
Clinton has shown why they can seriously compete for a playoff spot this season. Junior quarterback Tyler Thackerson led the way last Friday night against Seymour, a game the Dragons won handily 51-14. They face a district opponent in Oak Ridge, who has improved this season as well, shutting out Farragut at home last week. Oak Ridge blew out Clinton last season 51-14, this one will be competitive, but Oak Ridge will win it again.
Vincent's Prediction: Oak Ridge
Gibbs at Anderson County
Gibbs and Anderson County have both began the season unblemished through two weeks, but after Friday, something will give. In the 5A class, according to the AP, Anderson County is ranked fifth. This team is that good and can score in bunches. Senior running back Matt Fox leads this high-powered Mavericks offense. Gibbs has proved they can score the ball too, beating Grainger last week 49-14. But the question is if the Eagles can defend the Mavericks' plethora of offensive weapons. This game may be closer than the 35-6 blowout last season, but again, the Mavericks will pull away in the second half.
Vincent's Prediction: Anderson County
Herriman at Rockwood
Rockwood has flown out of the gate this season, with wins against Oneida and Wartburg. It'll face the Blue Devils of Harriman, who have recorded blow out wins in each of their first two games. Rockwood took the game last year 32-14 on the road and they should do the same again at home.
Vincent's Prediction: Rockwood
Scott at Kingston
Kingston lost respectably last week 19-7 against a very good Grace Christian team, but nobody has been able to score on Scott thus far this season. The Highlanders have outscored their first two opponents 98-0, but Kingston is their test of this season. Last season, they would squeak out a 14-12 win. This week, they'll try to keep a wider spread.
Vincent's Prediction: Scott
Jefferson Co. at South Doyle
South Doyle comes in ranked at the number 10 team in the 5A class of Tennessee. Joc Bruce headlines the South Doyle offense. The Tennessee-commit ran all over Heritage last week on the road, running for 108 yards, two touchdowns and another pick-six score. He leads perhaps one of the most solid returning classes from a year ago. Jefferson County dropped their first game of the season last week against Central. The Patriots have three new starters in their secondary and two new starters at linebacker and the youth of this defense will show against this explosive South Doyle offense.
Vincent's Prediction: South Doyle
Central at Campbell County
Campbell County is ranked eighth in the recent AP High School football poll. That's due to their fast start to the season, with blowout wins against Cumberland Gap and Lynn Camp, where they've combined to outscore both opponents by 111 points. It will welcome Central, which beat Jefferson County last week by two touchdowns. Ethan Jeffers leads the Cougars and he pitched a football version of a perfect game, completing all twelve of his passes for 221 yards and a ridiculous six touchdowns in only one half of play. This should be a high scoring affair, but Campbell County stays unblemished another week.
Vincent's Prediction: Campbell County
Friendship Christian at King's Academy
Friendship Christian won in dominant fashion in its first game against Harding Academy, a school out of Memphis, 27-7. It faces King's Academy, which will likely face its first competitive opponent of the season. The Lions have won their first two games of the season handily, scoring more than 40 points in each. This one will be a competitive match up, more so than last year, a game in which Friendship Christian won by 36, but the Commanders should handle business again.
Cocke County at Seymour
Cocke County has lost both games of its young season handily, but Seymour felt that same feeling last week against Clinton. The Eagles are back at home now and have a chance to match their win total from a year ago at two. There's excitement surrounding this team, for good reason, they've improved vastly from a year ago. They'll get it back on track against Cocke County, which has lost it's last eight games dating back to last season.
Vincent's Prediction: Seymour