Tonight's prep football preview
Undefeated Beech will be shy a big weapon tonight as the Bucs come to Lebanon to take on the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tribble Field / Watkins Stadium with homecoming ceremonies planned for halftime. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.Missing from the Beech sideline is talented junior tailback Jalen Hurd, who banged up his right shoulder in an Oct. 5 victory at Wilson Central High. Hurd, who has rushed for an incredible 1,951 yards through parts of eight games, is considered one of the top college prospects in the state.
Ranked No. 1 in the latest Class 5A football poll, Beech has plenty of other weapons including backs Dylan Jett and Dorian Carter.
Winless Lebanon (0-8) will be without the services of Taye Davis and Bryce Suber due to season-ending knee surgeries and tightends Julien Crutchfield and Daniel Kemp -- who were kicked out of the Portland game.
LHS is trying to avoid the first winless season for the program since the 1979 campaign.
Mt. Juliet at Hendersonville
Coach Roger Perrys No. 7-ranked squad stands 7-1 overall / 4-1 in District 9AAA and is coming off a 45-24 non-district win last week over stubborn Cookeville.
The 4-4 / 2-3 Commandos have been on a roller coaster ride this season, opening with a win over Station Camp, then losing two straight, before a three-game win streak. However, Coach Bruce Hatfields team has now lost back-to-back games to Beech and Gallatin.
Wilson Central at Station Camp
The Bison, 4-4 overall / 2-3 in the district, saw their four game win streak stopped Oct. 5 with a 21-14 loss at Mt. Juliet. Wilson Central stands 7-1 / 4-1 and dropped a 17-14 decision to Beech Oct. 5.
Friendship at Red Boiling Springs
The Commanders stand 7-1 overall (5-1 in the league) and are ranked No. 4 in the latest Class 2A poll. Red Boiling Springs is coming off a 31-20 loss to Jackson County a week ago. The Bulldogs sport a record of 2-5 overall / 1-5.
MJ Christian at Middle Tenn Christian
The Saints sport a record of 1-7 overall and have lost two straight games since a 39-0 win over The Kings Academy back on Sept. 21. Middle Tennessee Christians Cougars are 0-8 in 2012 after a 41-20 loss to Eagleville a week ago.
Watertown at Trousdale County
The Purple Tigers (6-2 overall / 4-2 in Region 4A) dropped a 48-0 loss at Gordonsville Oct. 12. Trousdale County stands 5-3 overall / 4-2 in Region 4A after whipping Monterey High 41-22 last Friday.