We will see tonight how Riverdale battles back from adversity. It is adversity that goes beyond simply coming off the first loss of the high school year.
Defensive lineman Rakis Ivy, a two-year starter, was lost for the season a week ago when he tore his ACL in the Warriors’ 49-28 loss to Siegel. The loss of Ivy is a significant one as he has been one of the better linemen in District 7-AAA over the past couple of years.
That shouldn’t determine the outcome when Riverdale host Hendersonville at 7 p.m. today at Tomahawk Stadium. The sixth-ranked Warriors go back to business and attempt to improve from their first loss. The Commandos (3-2) run a wing-T that has a history of giving the Warriors fits. They upset Riverdale in 2009.
But that won’t happen this time.
Kreager’s pick: Riverdale 49, Hendersonville 10
Lincoln Co. at Oakland
In one of two trap games played in Murfreesboro this week, Oakland attempts to win its third straight game in a final tune-up for Siegel. Oakland’s defense shined against Blackman a week ago with the emergence of Cliff Thompson. However, the offense must develop more threats beyond Emmanuel Smith. If Travon Willis’ ankle sprain every heals, that will be a start.
But that shouldn’t matter tonight against a one-win Lincoln County squad.
Kreager’s pick: Oakland 38, Lincoln Co. 7
Ravenwood at Siegel
This would be a good week to get a little rest for the Stars prior to their Week 6 showdown with rival Oakland. However, now is not the time to look past the Raptors. This could the Williamson County school’s season if it picks up its first win of the year against the second-ranked Stars.
However, the Raptors won’t find a recipe to stopping this Siegel offense.
Kreager’s pick: Siegel 49, Ravenwood 0
Bradley Central at Blackman
It may be the midpoint of the season, but this is a must-win for the Blaze. At 3-2, the Blaze are fighting to get to six wins. If Blackman can do that, it should be a playoff team.
That drive showed up earlier this week with high-energy practices. But Blackman must win without starting fullback/linebacker Antonio Allen, who is out of town for a funeral.
Kreager’s pick: Blackman 28, Bradley Central 13
Franklin at Smyrna
There will no longer be a debate if Smyrna will go winless in 2012. Now, the question is how many wins can the young Bulldogs pick up? On paper, this is an intriguing matchup. The two squads met twice in 2011. But both teams are shells of their former selves.
Franklin’s offense has performed better than Smyrna through five games. That’s probably the difference tonight.
Kreager’s pick: Franklin 21, Smyrna 13
La Vergne at Shelbyville
Both teams need a win in a bad way. La Vergne has lost two straight since upsetting Oakland. That includes a 7-6 loss to Smyrna. But Shelbyville has fallen on bad luck. The Eagles, which feature MTSU commitment Marquis Morton, have lost three straight.
Kreager’s pick: La Vergne 24, Shelbyville 21
Copper Basin at Eagleville
Eagleville running back Chris Hale is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain, leaving question marks in the backfield and at punter. Ryan Jordan has clicked in the Eagles’ offense and can overcome Hale’s absense.
Kreager’s pick: Eagleville 32, Copper Basin 20
Last week: 3-2. Season: 27-7 (79 percent).
Tom Kreager is prep editor at The Daily News Journal. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at Twitter.com/Kreager.