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Tonight's prep football preview

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Two Region 4A heavyweights square off tonight as Gordonsville invades Wilson County to take on Friendship Christian School. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Pirtle Field. Live radio coverage begins at 7 p.m. on 104.1-FM The Ranch.

Friendship (1-1) is coming off a 21-7 victory last week at White House-Heritage, a game that found the Commanders turning the ball over five times.

We had two touchdowns called back and all the turnovers, FCS coach John McNeal said, to come away with a win under those circumstances was a big deal.

Gordonsville (0-1) is coming off a gut-wrenching 15-14 double overtime loss to arch-rival Smith County High -- a game that found the Owls converting a do-or-die two-point conversion at the end of the second overtime.

Gallatin at Lebanon -- Buoyed by the return of several players from the suspended list, look for Gallatin to play with renewed vigor tonight as they take on longtime rival Lebanon High. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Noke-Lasater Field. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9. A live video feed is available at www.atwsportscastcom.

Gallatin comes in 2-0 overall / 1-0 in District 9AAA play after downing Springfield 36-20 a week ago. The Green Wave played without starting quarterback Tremaine Smith, but managed to click on all cylinders against the Jackets.

The kids Gallatin didnt have available against Springfield will be back for them Friday, LHS coach Troy Crane said. They are a scary-good football team. Its not just on one side of the ball. They are a complete team, offense, defense and kicking game.

Lebanon will be without the services of soph wide receiver Taylor Bryan who will miss the next several games with a hairline fracture in his tib/fib plateau.

Watertown at Huntland -- Idle last week, Watertown spent a lot of time making in-house corrections as the Purple Tigers will travel to Franklin County tonight to take on Huntland.

After looking at our film from the Cannon County game, we felt like wed be best served spending time working more on Watertown than ourselves, head coach Gavin Webster said. But that was last week. Weve since turned all our attention to Huntland.

The Tigers will be without the services of two-way senior lineman Cody Hamlet
who injured his foot in a weight room accident. It was one of things, a freak accident, Webster said, it looks like Cody will be out 4-6 weeks. Weve talked about things like this to the kids, that when youre second on the depth chart you better make sure youre ready -- because youre just one play away from getting in there.

Other games tonight include: Mt. Juliet hosting District 9AAA rival Portland, Wilson Central at Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet Christian Academy at Ezell-Harding.

Mt. Juliet stands 2-0 after blistering McGavock while Portland is 0-2 after a 22-3 loss to White House. Central is looking for its first win after a 21-17 loss to LaVergne and MJCA (0-2) hopes to find the win column after a loss to RBS.

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor

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