Wilson Central's Alex Price / STEVE WAMPLER photo
Not content to leave anything to chance, especially where the TSSAA postseason is concerned, Wilson Central will be primed and ready to go tonight. The Wildcats host District 9-AAA rival Gallatin in the final game of the regular season tonight.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium. Senior Night activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. recognizing senior football players, cheerleaders and band members.
While it appears Wilson Central has already secured a berth in the Class 6A playoffs, head coach Brad Dedman is not a man to take anything for granted.
“When you sit down and look at the tiebreakers, things get a little shaky,” Dedman said, “I’d just as soon see us take care of business with a win and not let the tie-breakers become an issue.”
Wilson Central stands 5-4 overall after thumping Lebanon 43-6 last week.
If things stay as they are, the ‘Cats will probably head to Murfreesboro to play Oakland High next week in the opening round.
Gallatin sports a record of 6-3 and is coming of a 24-17 victory over Mt. Juliet. The Green Wave are locked in to a first round game in the Class 5A playoffs Nov. 8 and will be playing to secure a first round home game.
“We’re as healthy as we’ve been all season,” Dedman said, “our tackling has improved greatly and that’s something we’ve spent a lot of time on the last couple of weeks and something we take pride in.”
Friendship at Ezell-Harding
Friendship Christian is Wilson County’s only other playoff team and the Commanders will travel to Antioch tonight to take on Ezell -Harding in the regular season finale.
FCS improved to 7-2 overall after thrashing Fayetteville 57-18 last week. Ezell-Harding was idle last week, but dropped to 2-7 after a 49-7 loss Oct. 18 at D-II power Knox Webb.
Lebanon at Beech
The Blue Devils close out the 2013 season tonight at defending Class 5A state champion Beech.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Shackle Island Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.
Coach Sam Harp’s squad fell to 2-8 on the season following last week’s 43-6 loss to Wilson Central.
The Bucs dropped to 5-4 after a 42-14 loss to rival Hendersonville.
Portland at Mt. Juliet
The Golden Bears close out the season tonight with a 7 p.m. home game vs. Portland High. Children age 10 and under who dress in Halloween costumes will be admitted free of charge and will receive candy from the MJ Quarterback Club in the parking lot prior to the game.
Senior Night activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. The homecoming court will be introduced at halftime.
MJHS stands 3-7 follow a 24-17 loss at Gallatin a week ago while Portland comes in winless at 0-9 following a 42-7 loss to Station Camp.
Watertown at Jackson Co.
Watertown wraps up the season tonight at District 8-A rival Jackson County.
The Purple tigers dropped a 62-33 decision to Goodpasture last week and fell to 2-7 overall.
Jackson Co. is 4-5 overall, having dropped four in a row -- including a 48-20 loss to Grace Baptist last week.
MJCA at DCA
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy travels down Highway 70 to Donelson Christian for tonight’s season finale. The Saints improved to 3-6 after downing Zion Christian 34-30 last week.
DCA is 7-2 following a 42-0 victory over Davidson Academy Oct. 25.