By Wes Sparkmon
Jackets Look to Swarm Cheatham County
A powerful Fairview offense outgained Highway 100 rival Hickman County by over 200 yards last week. This week, the Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-0) travel to Ashland City to face regional opponent Cheatham County Central (1-5, 0-2). The Cubs are under first year head coach Eric Hatley, who was hired after their initial hire resigned two months into the job.
Zimmerman, Beathard Balance Fairview Offense
In their last game, Fairview quarterback Hunter Zimmerman went 11-18 for 188 yards with 5 touchdowns and added another score on the ground. Throughout the season, the more success Zimmerman has had, the more success the offense has had. The Yellow Jacket offense has an ace in the hole in their back pocket in the form of running back Jake Beathard. While Beathard will get his yards running the ball, Fairview’s success through the air opens up the middle of the field for running lanes. Zimmerman’s favorite targets besides Beathard include Kameron Harris-Lusk, Hunter Caldwell, and Sam Sanborn.
Defensively, the Jackets have personified bend, but don’t break defense. Fairview is giving up an average of 25.4 points per game. That number only drops to 24 points per game during their current three-game winning streak. However, the Cubs offense is averaging fewer than 20 points per game and has only eclipsed the 20 point mark once this season. Look for Fairview to feast on this and shut down the Cubs on the road.
The Cubs have been an inconsistent team, some close games and some blowouts. Strangely enough, Cheatham County’s one win of the season came over Creek Wood, one of the teams that topped Fairview earlier this season. With the offensive talent of the Yellow Jackets, this looks to be the latter.