MyTV30 Friday Night Rivals --
Two contrasting styles of offensive football will collide this evening as Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet square off for the 15th annual renewal of their backyard brawl. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Mt. Juliet.
The game will be televised live on Nashville's MyTV30 as part of the "Friday Night Rivals" series.
Wilson Central enters tonight's game 3-2 and 1-1 in Region 3, 6A still smarting from a 42-21 loss at McGavock.
The Wildcats rely on a pounding ground game featuring the work of tailback Tyler Bowes along with halfbacks Jordan Wilson and Jordan Hooper.
WCHS averaged over six yards per carry in the McGavock game, but only completed 1-of-11 pass attempts.
Mt. Juliet rode the red-hot right arm of QB Joey Hayes in last week's 35-0 win at Lebanon.
The junior connected on 20-of-28 pass attempts for 348 yards and four scores as the Bears won for the second consecutive Friday night -- improving to 2-3 overall / 1-1.
Mt. Juliet has won each of the last six meetings between these two Wilson County programs with the last Wildcat victory coming in 2008 by a score of 39-27.
In fact, the 2008 contest marked the fifth consecutive win for Wilson Central -- after having lost each of the first three games in the series.
FRA at Friendship
Tonight marks homecoming at Friendship Christian School, but the opponent is certainly no pushover as the Commanders take on undefeated (5-0) Franklin Road Academy. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Pirtle Field with the crowning of the homecoming queen set for 7 p.m.
FCS stands 2-2 overall following last week's 16-0 loss at DII power Knoxville Webb. FRA is coming off a 37-0 home win over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.
Friendship's defense will face a physical test this evening as FRA works out of an, "old school" Wing-T with tight line splits and an emphasis on the power run game.
Watertown at Eagleville
Watertown's Purple Tigers journey into Rutherford County tonight to take on Eagleville in a Region 4, 2A battle of unbeatens.
Both teams sport regional records of 2-0 with Watertown coming in at 4-1 overall and youthful Eagleville stands 3-2.
Over 50 percent of the Eagleville roster is comprised of ninth graders -- including projected starting quarterback Ethan Cobb.
"They're a traditional Eagleville team," Watertown Coach Gavin Webster said. "They're going to run a 50 front with two high safeties. They'll move around -- slant some up front "They've got some guys on their staff who have been around in Tom Fiveash and Alex Robbins -- men who have coached on the college level, men who can really teach the game."
The Purple Tigers are coming off a 48-20 win over Jackson County last week while Eagleville tripped Cascade 21-14.
Lebanon at Portland
Lebanon's final non-region game of the season is on tap tonight as the Blue Devils take on old nemesis Portland. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Field.
Both teams are still smarting from big losses last week. LHS (2-2) dropped a 35-0 decision to Mt. Juliet while the Panthers (2-3) fell 54-0 to Pearl-Cohn.
"Again, it's more about us -- how we play and execute -- rather than who we are playing," said Lebanon coach Sam Harp. "We struggled on both sides of the ball last week and we've got to step it up."
Lebanon is trying to battle through a series of injuries and sickness with at least five starters questionable for tonight's contest.
MJ Christian at Ezell-Harding
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will try to snap a four-game losing streak tonight as the Saints play at Ezell-Harding.
MJCA (1-4) is coming off a 37-0 loss to Frankin Road Academy while the Eagles drilled Zion Christian 40-12.