By TOMMY BRYAN
A full District 9AAA schedule is on tap tonight as Week Zero opens the 2011 prep football season here in Wilson County.
The headline matchup features Lebanon hosting Mt. Juliet at Nokes-Lasater Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. as the two teams meet for the 35th consecutive season since the series was renewed back in 1977.
Following back-to-back lopsided victories (48-20 in 2010; 52-13 in 2009), Mt. Juliet leads the series 19-15. The game marks the first for new LHS head coach Troy Crane while his Mt. Juliet counterpart Roger Perry has over 30-years under his belt with stops at Westmoreland and Portland on his resume.
The Golden Bears clicked on all cylinders in last weeks 28-0 victory over Clarksville Northwest in Saturdays Blue Devil Kickoff Classic.
Lebanon sandwiched a pair of touchdowns around a Ravenwood score to notch a 14-8 victory over the Eagles in their two-period jamboree appearance.
Mt. Juliets senior running back Brannon Garza did not dress in Saturdays jamboree and is questionable for tonights season opener due to an ankle injury. Lebanon defensive end Jeff Dee did not dress in the jamboree due to a shoulder problem, but will likely play tonight vs. the Bears.
Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9. A live videofeed is available free of charge at www.atwsportscast.com.
Also on the schedule for 7 p.m. starts tonight is Wilson Central hosting Gallatin; Watertown entertaining Cannon County and Mt. Juliet Christian Academy welcoming Community High from Bedford County.
The lone 7:30 p.m. start is Friendship Christian playing arch rival Donelson Christian at Pirtle Field.
Wilson Central is coming off a 3-2 loss to Trousdale County High in the Tobacco Bowl Jamboree while the Green Wave will be without the services of perhaps 10 players due to team discipline issues.
Watertown is looking to get the 2011 season off on a positive note tonight as Cannon County High comes to Robinson Stadium.
The Purple Tigers battled DeKalb County to a 7-7 draw in Saturdays Jamboree play and are looking to improve on last seasons 4-6 effort.
Mt. Juliet Christian will host Community tonight at Suey Field fresh off a solid preseason camp. Short on depth, the Saints must stay healthy in order to remain competitive this season.