Blaze's intense play vital

Blaze's intense play vital


Blaze's intense play vital



It was a week to forget.

Sure, there will be off weeks, but going 5-4 in the Week 0 game picks was a rough way to start the season.

There were obvious blunders, but one stood out. How do you pick against Blackman with Philip Shadowens at the helm? He’s never lost a season opener at the school.

I learned my lesson — at least for this week.

The Blaze host Pearl-Cohn in one of two Rutherford County matchups involving Metro Nashville teams. The Firebirds can present problems on the field with their athleticism. If the Blaze don’t wrap up, watch out for some big Pearl-Cohn plays. However, this Blackman team is an aggressive bunch. They play angry, and aren’t afraid to hit.

That should equate to a 2-0 start.

Kreager’s pick: Blackman 35, Pearl-Cohn 8

Oakland at Hunters Lane

The best remedy for an 0-1 start may be playing a team that’s lost 17 straight. The Patriots face a Hunters Lane team low in numbers (26 on roster) and in search of a win.

It will be hard for the Warriors to get one here with Travon Wills and Emmanuel Smith guiding the offense. This should be a good tune-up for district play.

Kreager’s pick: Oakland 42, Hunters Lane 6

Lincoln Co. at Siegel

Siegel scored early and often a week ago against Franklin. But with quarterback Brent Stockstill possibly out this week, some might think this one could be much closer.

Sure, it could be. Then again, it likely means the Stars’ running attack has a huge game. This should be the week where the Stars’ offensive diversity is evident.

Kreager’s pick: Siegel 31, Lincoln Co. 13

Brentwood at Smyrna

Things don’t get any easier on Bulldog Drive. Smyrna’s offense struggled mightily against Battle Ground Academy. The Bruins defense (and offense) is better than the Wildcats. The good thing is Smyrna enters the game relatively healthy.

Kreager’s pick: Brentwood 35, Smyrna 7

Wilson Central at
La Vergne

Call it a must-win for La Vergne after opening the season with a loss to Antioch. But it won’t be an easy one. Wilson Central picked up a win over Gallatin last week. And although the Green Wave may be down this season, it’s still momentum. Wilson Central’s front line may be too much for the Wolverines too handle.

Kreager’s pick: Wilson Central 20, La Vergne 19

Riverdale vs. Louisville Ballard

If Riverdale can get its offense on track, this game could be over quickly Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Stadium. However, that may require QB Dillon Woodruff running the football, which coach Ron Aydelott has been reluctant to do thus far this season.

Kreager’s pick: Riverdale 25, Ballard 14

McEwen at Eagleville

Eagleville found itself in position to upset Westmoreland for the second time in as many years a week ago. Although the Eagles lost, a win over McEwen would go a long way to giving Eagleville the momentum it needs entering the district season.

Quarterback Ryan Jordan appears to have fit in well to the Eagles’ offense. The big question for Eagleville is if it can stay healthy this week after losing Austin Driver to an injury last week.

Kreager’s pick: Eagleville 27, McEwen 14

Ezell-Harding at MTCS

Both teams are searching for their first win. Ezell-Harding may wear the Cougars out in the second half. But, if MTCS can stop the big play, the Cougars could be in the ballgame in the fourth quarter.

Kreager’s pick: Ezell-Harding 21, MTCS 10

Cannon Co. at
Grace Baptist

Injuries are already mounting for the Lions with the potential losses of Justin Tobin and Cody Petro. That’s not a good sign against run-oriented Grace Baptist.

Kreager’s pick: Grace Baptist 34, Cannon Co. 13

Tom Kreager is prep editor of The Daily News Journal. Email him at Follow him at


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