Coach Speak Week 10

               Franklin Rebels (6A) at Mt. Juliet Golden Bears (6A)  

Friday at 7:00 pm, Region 3-6A, MyTV30 – WUXP’s Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week

Franklin (7-1, 5-0) scored 48 first half points en route to a 48-21 victory over McGavock.  The Rebels racked up 426 yards of total offense, while defensively holding the Raiders to 209 yards of total offense.  Mitch Rossi carried the ball 14 times for 143 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback, Wes Patterson, connected on all four of his passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.  The Rebels run a multiple 4-3 defense with two high safeties and a physical Spread option offense.

3 Keys for Franklin
1. The Rebels cannot beat themselves with turnovers & penalties
2. Establish the running game early & hit the Golden Bears with explosive play-action passes
3. Slow down the Golden Bears running game; make the Golden Bears beat you through the air

Mt. Juliet
 (6-2, 4-1) 
enjoyed a bye week last week after dismantling the Bears of Antioch 45-0 two weeks ago.  The Golden Bears offense was not the only scoring threat on the night as Tony Thompson intercepted a pass on defense and returned it 40 yards for the score. Michael Ruttlen also returned a blocked punt 10 yards for a touchdown.  The Golden Bears offense will rely on a massive and experienced offensive line to lead the way out of multiple Spread formations, with the defense lining up in a 4-2-5 alignment.

3 Keys for Mt. Juliet
1. Play with eye discipline on defense, know your assignment, & do your job
2. Win the battle up front on both lines of scrimmage
3. Make a game-changing special teams play

“Coach Speak”
For all intents and purposes, this game is for the Region 3-6A championship and the number one seed heading into the playoffs.  Statistically speaking, both teams come into the contest evenly matched.  Franklin and Mt. Juliet are both surrendering around 17 points per game on defense and averaging about 35 points per game on offense.  This game will also feature two massive and talented offensive line groups on both sidelines.  Mt. Juliet needs to find a way to exploit the Franklin secondary, avoid turning the ball over, and play with eye discipline on defense against the Rebels spread option attack.  Franklin has to establish their bruising running game, hit timely play-action passes, and force Mt. Juliet into 3rd and long situations.  Since an early season two game losing streak, the Golden Bears have reeled off five straight wins in impressive fashion, including a come from behind win in overtime over rival Wilson Central.  However, the Rebels are tough to defend with a monster tailback, big offensive line, and sneaky play-action passes.  The Rebels will find a way to make the necessary stops on defense and hit big plays over the top of the Golden Bears secondary to take home the Region Championship on the road!

Prediction: Franklin 31, Mt. Juliet 24

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. Mitch Rossi – #42 –RB/LB – Franklin
2. Max Wray – #75 – OT – Franklin    (4 star, 2018 #3 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Georgia Commit
3. Caden Williams – #50 – OT – Franklin    (2 star, 2017 #76 prospect TN, 247Sports)
4. Alex Gaca – #5 – WR/S – Franklin    (2 star, 2017 #103 prospect TN, 247Sports)
5. D.J. Delfhendahl – #75 – OT – Mt. Juliet – (3 Star, 2017 #54 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  MTSU Commit
6. Aiden Raines – #6 – RB – Mt. Juliet
7. Tony Thompson – #32 – SS/LB – Mt. Juliet
8. Mason Earls – #3 – QB – Mt. Juliet

Rossview Hawks (5A) at Centennial Cougars (5A)  

Friday at 7:00 pm, Region 7-5A

Rossview (4-4, 4-1) is coming off a bye after defeating West Creek 41-20 two weeks ago.  The Hawks jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the 1st quarter and dominated the rest of the game.  Running back, Fred Orr, led the Hawks with 96 yards rushing on 17 carries and two touchdowns.  Defensive lineman, Andrew Arias, led the Hawks defense with nine total tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and a sack.  Rossview will line up in a 3-4 on defense and attack offensively from the Spread.

3 Keys for Rossview
1. Slow down Zyon Lee & the Cougars running attack
2. Force turnovers & convert them into points
3. Win on 1st & 2nd down & make the Cougars convert 3rd & long situations

Centennial (7-1, 5-0)
 ran their way through the wet turf to the tune of 371 rushing yards to secure a physical 27-17 region victory over Brentwood.  Running back, Zyon Lee, led the Cougars with 239 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 29 carries.  Centennial runs multiple looks out of their Pro-Style offense and lines up in a 3-4 on defense.

3 Keys for Centennial
1. Continue to dominate on both lines of scrimmage
2. Tackle well in space
3. Take care of business this week; do not look ahead to Henry County showdown

“Coach Speak”
Rossview is looking to finish Region play strong and solidify their spot in the postseason after narrowly missing the playoffs a year ago.  Centennial will try to stay focused on the task at hand with a possible Region Championship showdown looming with Henry County next week.  Rossview has to find a way to slow down Zyon Lee and the physical offensive line of Centennial, score on special teams, and win the turnover battle to pull the upset.  Centennial has to continue to dominate up front on both lines of scrimmage, play disciplined football, and not beat themselves to continue their march toward a second straight Region Championship.  Centennial continues their strong play up front and flies around to the ball on defense to set up a championship match-up with Henry County in week 11!

Prediction: Centennial 35, Rossview 14

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. Eli Katina – #68 – G/DT – Centennial
2. Zyon Lee – #24 – RB/LB – Centennial
3. Austin Waddell – #5 – WR/CB – Centennial
4. Senturian Dureaux – #3 – RB/WR/QB/S – Centennial
5. Fred Orr – #2 – RB/CB – Rossview
6. Jalen Baxter
 – #4 – CB – Rossview
7. Anthony Avros – #40 – OLB – Rossview
8. Isaiah Phillips – #3 – RB/SS – Rossview

Gallatin Green Wave (5A) at Hillsboro Burros (5A)  

Friday at 7:00 pm, Region 6-5A

Gallatin (6-2, 4-1) erupted for 21 fourth quarter points to defeat rival Hendersonville two weeks ago.  The Green Wave used their bye week to prepare for two final region match-ups.  Jordan Mason carried the load with 40 carries for 200 yards and four rushing touchdowns, while adding a 16 yard touchdown reception.  Dezmond Chambers added 116 yards on three receptions and a touchdown and also scored on a 42 yard run.  Gallatin will feature multiple packages out of the I/Spread formations and show various looks out of the 3-4 defense.

3 Keys for Gallatin
1. Establish Jordan Mason & the running game early; hit Burros with play-action passes over the top
2. Force the Burros to drive the length of field for points; eliminate 20+ yard plays
3. Win on special teams; keep the Burros special teams off the scoreboard

Hillsboro (4-4, 3-2)
 used a stingy defense and a big-play offense to defeat Hunters Lane 42-0.  Javonta Payton rushed for 67 yards on five carries and two touchdowns, while Jeremiah Edwards added 57 yards rushing on five carries and two touchdowns.  On offense, the Burros will show a steady mix between I & Spread formations.  Expect the defense to be multiple, starting in a 4 man front.

3 Keys for Hillsboro
1. Slow down Jordan Mason & the Green Wave running game; force Gallatin to win by throwing the ball
2. Dominate in the trenches on both sides of the ball
3. Eliminate turnovers & drive stalling penalties

“Coach Speak” Forecast:
This is a massive match-up with huge playoff implications in Region 6-5A.  There are still three teams that could finish as high as the number one seed and as many as three teams fighting for their playoff lives over the next two weeks.  Gallatin is still in the running for a Region Championship, while Hillsboro is fighting to stay alive.  Hillsboro is loaded with play-makers on the offensive side of the ball and will trot out a very stout defense to combat the physical running attack of Gallatin.  The Burros must win on first and second down on defense, force Gallatin to beat them through the air, and avoid turnovers and penalties on offense to stay in the playoff discussion.  Gallatin will showcase their recording breaking back, Jordan Mason, who two weeks ago became the all-time leading rusher in Gallatin High School history. The Green Wave will need to tackle well in space, convert drives into touchdowns, and control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball to win this contest.  Gallatin will ride the legs of Jordan Mason behind their physical offensive line and find a way to limit Hillsboro’s explosive ability to lead them to victory in a tight defensive slugfest!

Prediction: Gallatin 21, Hillsboro 16

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. Jordan Mason – #27 – RB – Gallatin  (3 Star, 2017 #38 prospect TN, 247Sports)
2. Dezmond Chambers – #11 – CB/WR – Gallatin
3. Marcus DeVault – #3 – WR/DB – Gallatin
4. Johnny Waters – #5 – LB/RB  – Gallatin
5. JaVonta Payton – #1 ATH – Hillsboro (3 Star, 2017 #15 prospect TN, 247Sports)
6. Ben Hutch – #57 DL/OL – Hillsboro (3 Star, 2017 #27 prospect TN, 247Sports)
7. Matthew Jackson – #12 DB – Hillsboro   –  Eastern Kentucky Commit
8. Jeremiah Edwards – #22 WR/RB – Hillsboro

“Coach Speak” Season Record: 17-10 (63%)

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