In the week 3 Associated Press poll for Tennessee high school football, Clarksville High moved up to number 7 in the Class 5A poll.
The Wildcats defeated Lewisburg (MS) on the road, 14-0, to improve their record to 3-0. Clarksville plays Hillwood at home this week after starting their season with three straight road wins.
Northeast (3-0) remained at number 4 in Class 5A, 36-7 winners over Kenwood last Friday. The Eagles are averaging 34 points scored and are allowing 11 points per game so far. They host Rossview, 17-14 winners over Wilson Central last week to improve to 2-1 on the year.
Clarksville Academy (2-0) stands at Number 5 in Division II, Class A, after overwhelming previously undefeated Zion Christian Academy, 43-6, on the road. The Cougars finally get a home game this week, but the test will be big as they welcome the Westmoreland Eagles, 3-0 and ranked 10th in Division I, Class 2A.
Other teams on the rise in games to watch:
- Sycamore (2-1) at Davidson Academy (3-0, and #1 in Division II-A). This is obviously a non-region game for the War Eagles, but could be a benchmark for them as they enter an important stretch in their schedule that includes non-region White House and Region 6-3A defending champion Fairview over the next four games. Question is: can running workhorse Tyler Niebel extend his 100-yard rushing streak to four games? The senior running back has 579 yards through three games (191 yds/game).
- Montgomery Central (3-0) at Cheatham County Central (1-2). The Indians catch a Cheatham squad a little down from their loss to county rival Sycamore last week, 21-7. Meanwhile Montgomery Central has a chance to improve to 4-0. The last time Montgomery Central had a winning record was 2010, when they went 6-5. In their first three games, the Indians handed their opponents their first loss of the season, so that streak ends this week.
- Northwest (2-1) at Stratford (0-3). Northwest stands a good chance of continuing their winning ways this week on the road and it doesn’t take long to find one of the main reasons the Vikings have enjoyed early success. Quarterback Gabe Siebert has 765 yards passing and 9 touchdowns so far this year, and is also the Vikings leading rusher with 201 yards and 3 TDs. He also has a 75 yard punt return, although Northwest head coach Vernon Wright has likely put that risky practice to an end, considering Siebert’s value to the team.
PICTURED: Clarksville High School quarterback Ford Cooper has been a consistent field leader in the Wildcats early season run. STAFF PHOTO