Northeast and Rossview have intriguing season-opening matchups Friday, while Stewart County arrives in Clarksville to take on Northwest, which is coached by the Rebels’ former defensive coordinator.
The Eagles open up the season with a 7:30 p.m. game against Centennial at the Eagles Nest, while Rossview will play host to a 7 p.m. game against Hillsboro. Hillsboro is coached by former Hopkinsville (Ky.) coach Craig Clayton, who also was the former coach at Franklin High, which he led to the state championship game several years ago. This is Clayton’s second season at Hillsboro.
Hawks coach Ron Lambert will get to see just how good his team will be as he faces a tough midstate opponent to start the season. Rossview looked impressive on offense, as expected, last week in the TOA Football Jamboree.
The defense may have been more impressive for Lambert’s group. Rossview held Christian County (Ky.) scoreless through two quarters of play. The Colonels have been among the best Class 5A teams in Kentucky the past five years.
Northeast coach Isaac Shelby was unimpressed with his team’s performance in the Border Wars Jamboree last Friday, although his team was strong against Mt. Juliet in a scrimmage a few weeks ago. The Eagles were state quarterfinalists a year ago and are expected to be among the top three teams in District 10-AAA this season.
Northeast’s game against Centennial Friday night is a rematch from last year’s second round 5A playoff game, in which the Eagles captured a 49-34 victory.
Northwest was able to secure its coach two years ago when it brought Chris Austin from Dover to Clarksville. Austin’s team won one game last year and would love to get the 2013 season off on a good note. The Vikings have several winnable games this season, starting with the Rebels.
Stewart County debuts a new coach in Cody Finley. The good news is Finley built a Class AAA power in Cheatham County the past 11 years; the bad news is that Finley and the Rebels are just getting to know each other. With a second year under Austin, the Vikings are in a better position to strike quickly, while the future looks bright for Stewart County.