By Chris Brooks for The News Examiner
Hendersonville tangles with Beech, while Pope John Paul II hopes to take back the Bishop’s Cup
Hendersonville and Beech tangle for the 34th time on Friday evening, and after last week’s games, the stakes are raised for both teams.
Beech would like nothing more than to put the Commandos two games down in the Region 6-5A standings through four weeks, and Hendersonville needs the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Buccaneers to move ahead toward the playoffs.
After Hendersonville (2-1 overall, 0-1 in Region 6-5A) suffered a 47-46 loss in overtime at Cane Ridge last week, the Commandos travel across town seeking to continue their recent dominance in the series with Beech (2-1, 1-0), having won six of the last seven meetings and 22 of the previous 33 contests.
Beech gained all of its 343 yards on the ground in a 50-14 victory at Glencliff last week, racing out to a 44-0 halftime lead in the process.
Anthony Hughes had another strong performance against the Ravens, as the Commando junior racked up 263 total yards (148 rushing) and four touchdowns. Hendersonville did damage through the air, as junior quarterback Brett Coker completed 12 of 18 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
Pope John Paul II (2-1 overall, 0-1 in Division II-Class AA East/Middle) at Father Ryan (2-1, 0-1)
Last week: Pope John Paul II suffered a 41-14 loss to visiting Brentwood Academy; Father Ryan suffered a 30-7 loss at McCallie.
Last meeting between the teams: Visiting Father Ryan defeated the Knights 30-22 last season.
The Knights head into their annual Bishop’s Cup rivalry game with Father Ryan seeking to end a 22-game region losing streak that dates back to 2012.
PJP II’s last region victory came against the Irish, a 10-6 triumph that was only the second Knight victory in the series dating back to 2005.
Father Ryan’s lone points last week came on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jay Shoop to Sage Warren after the Irish had fallen into a 30-0 hole.
Henry County (1-1) at Gallatin (2-1)
Last week: Henry County defeated visiting Clarksville Northeast 45-7; Gallatin defeated visiting Hunters Lane 50-0.
Last meeting between the teams: Henry County defeated the visiting Green Wave 42-0 last season.
Jordan Mason is averaging 226 rushing yards per game through three contests after racking up 215 yards on just 12 carries last week. Mason had touchdown runs of 91, 55 and 2 yards in the Green Wave victory over Hunters Lane. Gallatin outgained the Warriors 446-89 and held Hunters Lane to four first downs in the contest.
Henry County limited Northeast to 134 yards of total offense, while the Patriot offense racked up 468 yards – 305 rushing – in winning its region opener.
Portland (1-2) at White House Heritage (2-1), 7 p.m. Thursday
Last week: Portland defeated visiting White House 48-27; White House Heritage suffered a 35-13 loss to visiting Christ Presbyterian Academy.
Last meeting between the teams: Visiting White House Heritage defeated the Panthers 36-24 last season.
Portland’s 48 points against the Blue Devils were the most by a Panthers team since 2012, when Portland scored 49 in wins over Clarksville Academy and Lebanon.
Two players accounted for every Panther touchdown – Emmanuel Johnson (two rushing, one receiving and one punt return) and Michael Hussey (three rushing).
White House Heritage gave up 522 yards of offense to CPA last week, as the Lions scored 21 points in the third quarter to pull away.
The game was moved to Thursday evening due to a potential shortage of officials on Friday evening.
Station Camp (1-2) at Rossview (2-1)
Last week: Station Camp suffered a 42-7 loss to visiting Hillsboro; Rossview collected a 17-13 victory at Brentwood.
Last meeting between the teams: The Bison suffered a 26-20 loss to visiting Rossview last season.
The Bison struggled offensively for the second week in a row, as Station Camp was held to seven points by Hillsboro’s defense.
Rossview jumped out to a 17-3 lead over Brentwood last week on a pair of short touchdown runs before holding off the Bruins’ fourth-quarter rally for a four-point victory.
Westmoreland (0-3 overall, 0-1 in Region 4-2A) at Community (0-2, 0-1)
Last week: Westmoreland suffered a 13-12 loss to visiting Forrest; Community suffered a 26-6 loss to visiting Jackson County.
Last meeting between the teams: Westmoreland defeated visiting Community 35-0 last season.
Westmoreland nearly pulled off a shocker last week, but a late Forrest field goal sent the Eagles to an 0-3 start for the second consecutive season. Tate Sloan had 132 total yards on 10 touches with two touchdowns for the Eagles.
Community fell victim to a 20-point second-quarter surge by Jackson County last week and was held to 146 yards of total offense in the loss.
Greenbrier (2-1) at White House (0-3)
Last week: Greenbrier suffered a 14-7 loss to visiting Goodpasture; White House suffered a 48-27 loss at Portland.
Last meeting between the teams: Greenbrier defeated the visiting Blue Devils 17-6 last season.
The Blue Devils are currently on a six-game losing streak, the longest such stretch since 1978, when White House lost eight consecutive games.
Andrew Nixon threw for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but fell victim to four interceptions in the loss at Portland.
Greenbrier already has one victory over a Sumner County team, having defeated Portland 41-21 in Week 2.
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