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LHS visits Wilson Central --
Setting the sometimes bitter on-the-field rivalry aside, Wilson Central students will be wearing pink tonight in honor of a Lebanon High student who is battling brain cancer. Kickoff for the 13th annual meeting between the Blue Devils and the Wildcats is set for 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium as Wilson Central celebrates homecoming.

Live radio coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9. A live video feed is available at

LHS student Whit Robertson has been treated for cancer for quite some time. Classmates have rallied behind the Eagle Scout, forming the largest team in the history of last month's Sherry's Run in Whit's honor and sparking Wilson Central's "Zoo Crew" student section to action.

Proceeds from a pink WCHS spirit shirt in Whit's honor will go to the Robertson family. Likewise, a white shirt will be sported by Blue Devil fans for a "Whit(e) Out" honoring their friend.

On the field this evening, the opposing teams will both be trying to snap two-game losing streaks.

WCHS (3-3, 1-2 Region 3,6A) is coming off a 30-3 loss at Mt. Juliet. Lebanon stands 2-3, 0-2 in the region, after suffering a 34-21 loss at Portland.

Both squads lean heavily on the ground game with fullback Tyler Bowes and wingbacks Jordan Wilson and Jordan Hooper pacing the Wildcats while LHS looks toward quarterback Jarren Stewart and tailback Tyrique Cooper for the bulk of the offense output.

Central has won eight of the 12 meetings between these in-county rivals. Lebanon's last victory in the series was back in 2009 by a 21-11 score.

FCS at MJ Christian
Friendship Christian is looking to bounce back from last week's 35-7 loss to Franklin Road Academy with an East-Middle District Division II-A game at Mt. Juliet Christian. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Suey Field.

The Saints are fresh from a come from behind 28-24 victory at Ezell-Harding. With the win, MJCA snapped a four-game losing streak and stand 2-4, 0-1 in the district.

The Commanders sport a 2-3 mark / 1-1 in the district and will try to keep intact a long streak of success vs. Mt. Juliet Christian.

FCS is a perfect 8-0 against the Saints dating back to the 2003 season -- including a four year stretch (2009 through 2012) when the teams did not play.

Forrest at Watertown
Winners of four consecutive games, Watertown hosts Forrest High with the undisputed Region 4, 2A lead at stake. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.

The Tigers and the Rockets share identical records of 5-1 / 3-0 in the region. Watertown held off Eagleville 36-21 a week ago while Forrest hammered Cascade by a score of 56-17.

Overton at Mt. Juliet
Talented Nashville Overton invades Mt. Juliet High tonight for a Region 3, 6A contest. The Bobcats stand 4-2 overall / 2-1 in the region following a 20-17 overtime loss to McGavock a week ago.

"When they don't make mistakes, they might be the most complete football team we've played this fall," MJ coach Trey Perry said. "I say that because they are certainly athletic, but they've got a really good coaching staff in place. They do a great job with their schemes. It's going to take a great effort on our part to get a win Friday."

The Bears stand 3-3 overall / 2-1 in the region and are riding a three-game winning streak after stopping Wilson Central 30-3 a week ago.

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