It’s week seven in Tennessee high school football, and you can expect some significant movement after some big games this week.
There’s a new number one in Class 5A: Henry County. The Patriots (6-0) have made an impression on voters after their dominating play through the first six weeks, including their 38-8 win over Kenwood last week. They received 10 of the 16 first place votes with Fulton getting the other six. They will be tested this week as sixth ranked 6A power Germantown (also 6-0) rolls into Paris on Friday night.
Meanwhile, over in Clarksville, there’s another “little” game going on. Northeast (6-0) and Clarksville High (5-1) meet at CHS at 7 pm, with the Eagles (ranked fifth in 5A) and the Wildcats holding seventh. Expect Northeast to be focused, despite the TSSAA investigation taking place over an alleged ineligible player, and CHS will give them their toughest game of the year so far.
“Issac Shelby (CHS head coach) will have his team ready, and people around here know what a good coach he is from his days at Northeast,” head coach Chad Watson said of his team’s challenge this week.
Montgomery Central, ranked seventh in Class 4A, will put its 6-0 record on the line this week against Greenbrier (2-4) at 7:00 in Cunningham. Montgomery Central has never been 7-0, according to the records available.
“Greenbrier is strong program with a lot of tradition,” Montgomery Central head coach Jeff Tomlinson said on Tuesday. “They play mistake free disciplined football. It will be a tough game a lot like Creek Wood.”
The Indians face their toughest stretch of the season starting next week, facing tenth ranked Springfield (4-2) on October 5, and White House (4-1) on October 19.
Clarksville Academy dropped out of the Division II, Class A poll last week. Two of their four games remaining are against ranked teams: Davidson Academy (ranked number one) and Middle Tennessee Christian (ranked number three). They play Jackson Christian this week at home.
PHOTO SUBMITTED: Northeast quarterback Heath Williams scores on a keeper against West Creek last Friday. The Eagles beat the Coyotes, 64-6.