Leaves are beginning to change. The temperatures are cooling off.
Yes, fall is in the air.
It must be getting close to high school football playoff time in Tennessee.
Welcome to the first of four weeks of October prep football. For many across the state, this is their final month of the season. Their quest for the playoffs may already have been halted.
Among Rutherford County teams, Siegel has clinched a spot in the Class 6A playoffs with seven wins. Five more teams can also potentially get in the playoffs with strong finishes.
Oakland (4-3) controls its own destiny. If the Patriots win their final three regular-season games, they are likely second in District 7-AAA barring upsets. For a team that lost three starters by the end of the first week of the season, that’s an achievement.
Oakland takes that first step in that process at Ravenwood tonight against a Raptors squad coming off their first win of the season. To be honest, this has been a rough year for the Ravenwood faithful.
But the Patriots shouldn’t take the Raptors lightly. If Oakland turns its attention back to district play and the possibility of finishing 7-3, then it will get beat tonight.
Emmanuel Smith is questionable tonight. We all know that Smith shouldn’t be needed tonight. While he is an important part of the offense and defense, the Patriots have enough talent on both sides of the ball to win with ease with Smith holding a clipboard tonight.
Kreager’s pick: Oakland 49, Ravenwood 14
MTCS at Forrest
MTCS rushed for 195 yards a week ago in a loss to Community. That is the largest output on the ground this season and second largest game on the ground in two seasons for the Cougars. Only a 269-yard performance in Week 9 a year ago outshined last week’s production.
But the Cougars passed for just 61 yards in the loss. That number must be higher to stay with Forrest this week.
The Rockets are coming off a humbling loss to rival Eagleville a week prior. They are going to come out firing. That doesn’t bode well for the Cougars, who stumbled out of the blocks against the Vikings a week ago.
Look for receiver Justin Winn to take snaps at quarterback tonight. It will give the Cougars a new look, as coach Brian Stewart looks for a way to jump-start the offense.
But it may not matter. The Rockets are a quality team.
Kreager’s pick: Forrest 44, MTCS 13
Last week: 4-1. Season: 35-11 (76 percent).