After a bit of an off week, Mostradamus got himself locked back in last week.
With area teams taking on non-region opponents, the turbaned pronosticator nailed all but one of his seven picks to keep his accuracy rate well upward of 80 percent heading into the second half of the regular-season schedule.
League play resumes this week, giving matchups an added level of importance. Here’s hoping everyone – including Mostradamus – is up to the task.
(Record, current Main Street Preps Top 25 ranking [where applicable] in parentheses.)
Summertown (2-4, 0-2) at Loretto (2-4, 1-1), Thursday: The latest installment of the Pegasus Cup rivalry takes place on the southern end of Lawrence County, with the host Mustangs trying to even the series – following a 19-0 road loss last year – and stop a three-game skid, following consecutive losses to Wayne County, Mt. Pleasant and Lewis County by an average of 11 points. QB Carter Daniel and RB Caden Porter lead a Loretto offense that opened the season with three consecutive 40-point outings, but has barely managed half that in the last three. Summertown, which struggled to start the season, has won two of its last three following a coaching change and now eyes its first Region 5-2A victory and a chance to pad its lead in the series. RBs Tye Gambrell (179 yards, two TDs in 30-7 win over Ezell-Harding) and Ty Bryant have paced the Eagles’ recent surge. Loretto 27, Summertown 24.
Independence (3-3, 2-0) at Brentwood (4-2, 1-1, No. 15): A taxing non-region schedule has yielded all three of the Eagles’ losses – to Christ Presbyterian Academy, Pope Prep and East Nashville, who are a combined 14-4. Ideally, the slate helps prepare Independence for Region 7-6A challenges such as the one a trip to Brentwood provides. The Bruins, with wins over Blackman and Henry County, have seen some early tests as well. A key for the Eagles will be whether QB Cody Pagach or TE Ty Lockwood will be available for this contest; neither played in the Week 6 loss to East Nashville. Brentwood 28, Independence 20.
Mt. Juliet Chr. (0-5, 0-1) at Columbia Acad. (2-3, 0-1): The host Bulldogs hope to stop a two-game slide, following a DII-A Middle Region loss at Donelson Christian and a non-league loss at Boyd Buchanan. With QB Connor Rosson to miss the remainder of the season because of a back injury, Elisha Nieves has a couple of starts under his belt and is settling into that role. Meanwhile, RB Montae Baldwin was held scoreless and finished with just 83 yards in the Boyd Buchanan defeat and will look to bounce back against a Saints squad that has allowed 50-plus points on average through the first half of its schedule. Columbia Acad. 42, Mt. Juliet Chr. 6.
Mt. Pleasant (4-1, 2-0) at Richland (5-0, 2-0): It’s become pretty apparent that the Tigers will go as far as junior quarterback Nick Brown (1,251 offensive yards, 13 total TDs) will take them. No other Mt. Pleasant ballcarrier has rushed for more than 130 yards through the team’s undefeated start, while three receivers – Darien Meza, Keevan Cooper and Demarkus Brown (out for the year) – have already collected 200-plus yards. The best way to slow them down may be a ball-control attack, which, behind QB Bryce Miller and RBs Ethan Workman and Daniel Hewitt, is right up Ric, hland’s alley. At the same time, both have played stout defense to this point; each of the two teams allowed season-high point totals in their most recent outings, the Raiders in their 55-47 win at First Assembly Christian, Mt. Pleasant in a 32-20 loss to 5A foe Columbia Central. At the midpoint of Region 5-2A play, this clash has significant postseason implications. Mt. Pleasant 34, Richland 28.
Nolensville (6-0, 2-0, No. 11) at Spring Hill (0-6, 0-2): A tough season doesn’t get any easier for the host Raiders, as Nolensville has rolled through the first half of its schedule with only one outcome decided by fewer than 20 points. QB Coby Walton and RB Samson Johnson help spark a Knights attack that has scored 38 or more points in five of six outings. Spring Hill, meanwhile, has gotten an offensive lift from defensive mainstay Nick Butler, who’s rushed for 147 yards and three TDs in the last two games. Still, injuries have left the Raiders at a bit of a disadvantage and threaten to do so in this Region 6-5A matchup. Nolensville 38, Spring Hill 20.
Page (6-0, 2-0, No. 8) at Columbia Central (2-4, 0-2): At the onset of the season, this clash promised to be one of the Midstate’s ‘must-see’ matchups, as the Patriots held off Central 42-35 in Rudderville en route to last fall’s Class 5A state finals. Though Page appears prepared for another such run, the Lions – with an overtime victory against still-winless Dickson County and a 32-20 win last week against 2A foe Mt. Pleasant – don’t appear positioned to provide that type resistance this time. Junior RB Kayden McCoy (718 rushing yards, 11 TDs) is the primary offensive weapon for Columbia Central, which has managed just 233 passing yards in six games. Colin Hurd threw for 320 yards and two TDs with RB Ethan Cunningham scoring four times in Page’s 45-28 win a week ago at Giles County. The contest also marks the return of former Central standout Jase Hoath and ex-Lions coach Jason Hoath, now a Patriot assistant. Page 48, Columbia Central 28.
Summit (1-5, 0-2) at Ravenwood (4-2, 2-0, No. 5): These Region 7-6A rivals played a pair of shootouts in 2021, the second in the state quarterfinals, with the Spartans prevailing at home in each case. Their arsenal isn’t what it was, however, as they’ve dropped four straight – including last week’s 22-7 loss at Beech – while Ravenwood features Mississippi State commit Chris Parson at quarterback and comes off back-to-back wins over Brentwood and Hendersonville. As impressive as any of the Raptors’ victories is the fact that they fell 45-31 to visiting Oakland in Week 4; no other team has come within 20 points of the two-time defending Class 6A state titlists. Ravenwood 28, Summit 14.
Last week: 6-1 (.857)
Season: 35-7 (.833)