If tonight’s District 9-AAA football game between Lebanon and Wilson Central has a certain “playoff atmosphere” -- that’s by design. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.
Since a 48-27 home loss to Station Camp back on Oct. 4, the Wildcats have their backs squarely against the wall. Wilson Central has no choice but to approach each remaining contest with a “must win” attitude.
Tonight will certainly be no exception.
Coach Brad Dedman’s outfit comes in 4-4 overall and 2-3 in District 9-AAA after knocking off Beech 30-17 back on Oct. 11.
Last week’s open date on the schedule came at a good time as several Wildcats has an opportunity to nurse the usual bangs and bruises that go with a long football season.
Lebanon High comes in 2-6 overall, 1-4 in league play after a 23-6 victory Oct. 11 at Portland.
Improved play on the defensive side of the ball has been a bright spot for Coach Sam Harp’s squad.
Since surrendering 16 points in the first quarter of the Cookeville game, Lebanon’s defensive starters have only surrendered two touchdowns.
LHS will be without the services of junior receiver J’Quan Jackson who was ejected from the Portland game. Under TSSAA mandates, he must sit out this week
A look at the series
Wilson Central has won six out of the last 10 meetings between the two programs -- including each of the last three. In fact, Lebanon’s last victory in the series was a 21-11 decision in 2009.
Mt. Juliet at Gallatin
Standing 3-5 overall and 2-3 in District 9-AAA, Mt. Juliet would love nothing better that to stick it to Gallatin tonight. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Calvin Short Field, with live radio coverage beginning with a pregame show at 6:30 p.m. on WHIN AM-1010.
The Green Wave sport a record of 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the league after knocking off Portland by a score of 35-7 last week.
Idle Oct. 18, the Golden Bears lost a 59-20 decision to Hendersonville back on Oct. 11.
Fayetteville at Friendship
Friendship Christian School will host Fayetteville tonight in a 7 p.m. game at Pirtle Field.
The Commanders improved to 6-2 on the season after winning a fourth consecutive game a week ago -- a rousing 52-49 victory over Donelson Christian.
The back-and-forth win secured a first round home game in the TSSAA Division II playoffs for FCS.
Fayetteville stands 4-4 after last week’s 37-0 victory over Huntland.
The Tigers of Coach Alvin Palmer opened the season with three straight wins, then lost four in a row before the Huntland contest.
Zion Christian at MJ Christian
A pair of 2-6 teams will square off tonight at Suey Field as Mt. Juliet Christian hosts Zion Christian out of Columbia. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Saints dropped a 21-19 decision at The Kink’s Academy Thursday, Oct. 17 while Zion Christian fell 35-7 at Battle Ground Academy.
The Saints picked off five passes, two by Andy Pitman, one each by Elliott Lee, Nathan Greene and Landon Boyd -- but surrendered 304 yards via the air in last week’s road loss.
MJCA quarterback Rik Van Mali completed 26-of-37 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and was intercepted twice.
Pitman led the ground game with 93 yards on 12 attempts. He also caught six passes for 56 yards. Zack Jones caught six passes for 110 yards.
Watertown at Goodpasture
A week off has helped Watertown heal the usual soreness associated with a high school football season.
The Purple Tigers enter tonight’s District 8-A game at Goodpasture 2-6 overall, 1-2 in the league.
The Cougars stand 3-5 overall, 1-1 in District 8-A. Goodpasture was idle last week, but dropped a 55-17 loss to Maplewood Oct. 11.