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Rivalry Week headlines Wilson Co. preps

Will Seats, Conlin Boggott, Drew Porter & Brandon WattsBobbie Kay Bryan, Brad Jones, Eric Lusk & Wayne Reeder

Will Seats, Conlin Boggott, Drew Porter & Brandon WattsBobbie Kay Bryan, Brad Jones, Eric Lusk & Wayne Reeder

Games of Friday, Sept. 4 –

While the official football schedule calls games set for Friday, Sept. 4 as “Week 3”, in these parts there’s a different moniker that could certainly apply.

“Rivalry Week”.

Three contests between six arch enemies are on tap Friday, and all will greatly impact their respective region standings.

Lebanon at Mt. Juliet — Certainly the longest running feud in Wilson County, perhaps in Middle Tennessee, continues for the 44th consecutive season Friday at the Mel Brown Athletic Complex as Lebanon visits Region 4, 6A rival Mt. Juliet.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with live radio coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. on WANT-FM 98.9 and

Online ticket sales have been brisk with only a handful expected to be available at the gate due to COVID-19 restrictions.

These two programs have met every single season since the series was renewed back in 1977.

The Golden Bears presently hold a 28-15 edge in the series having won 11 meetings in a row.  Lebanon’s last victory against Mt. Juliet came back in 2008 when the Blue Devils scored a 41-21 road win.

Both teams should enter Friday’s meeting well rested after being open last week.

DCA at Friendship – As per usual, Friday’s game featuring Donelson Christian Academy at Friendship Christian School will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on the artificial surface of Pirtle Field.

Coach John McNeal’s Commanders should be an angry bunch after suffering a 21-0 blanking last week at the hands of Middle Tennessee Christian School.

FCS (1-1) played well enough on the defensive side of the ball, but the offense never got rolling.

“We left the defense on the field for too many plays,” Friendship coach John McNeal said. “We’ve got to do a better job on offense.”

The Commanders were playing without massive two-way lineman Mitchell Bare, who was suffered a practice injury and did not dress.

Here’s an interesting side note — for the first time in program history, the FCS concession stand will not be accepting cash. Only credit or debit cards will be accepted. The game is sold out. No tickets will be available at the gate.

Watertown at TCHS – Talk about two programs that have some history.

Watertown has knocked off Trousdale County in each of their last two regular season meetings, only to see the Yellow Jackets oust Watertown from the playoffs in back-to-back years.

Trousdale County football players have been know to wear “Beat Watertown” t-shirts in practice.

The Purple Tigers enter Friday’s 7 p.m. game at John Kerr Field 1-1 following a narrow 24-20 loss to Class 4A Nolensville Aug. 27 and a 14-7 win over Gordonsville in Week 1.

Trousdale County stands 1-1 as well with a loss to Friendship Christian in the opener and a win over White House last week.

Live radio coverage begins at 6 p.m. on WTNK-AM 1090 and online at

The winner of Friday’s game will again be in the driver’s seat for the Region 4, 2A championship.

Gallatin at Green Hill – Traditional Mid-State power Gallatin provides the opposition Friday as Green Hill’s fledgling Hawks take on the Green Wave in a scheduled 7 p.m. contest.

Live radio coverage is available at Clock and scoreboard operators as well as the radio crew and press will operate out of tents as the press box appears to be weeks away from being erected.

However, paving on the 8-lane track began Monday.

Gallatin enters the season 2-0 following a 41-6 win over Station Camp last Thursday while Green Hill is coming of a 27-7 loss at La Vergne in the program’s inaugural game.

“We are going to prepare the same for Gallatin as we did for La Vergne or as we would if we were playing the Tennessee Titans,” GHS coach Josh Crouch said.

“It will be exciting for our players to see our crowd there and their families and community support.”

Green Hill schedule updates – Once again, the Green Hill football has changed because of Metro Nashville’s decision to delay the start of fall sports until October at the earliest.

Green Hill has now replaced road games versus Pearl-Cohn and Stratford with a trip to Smyrna Friday, Sept. 18 and another journey into Rutherford County Thursday, Oct. 1 to play at Stewarts Creek.

Rossview at Wilson Central – The 0-2 Wilson Central Wildcats entertain Rossview High School Friday in Gladeville at Wildcat Stadium.

Wilson Central is coming off a 12-8 loss at Battle Ground Academy while Rossview is opening the season two weeks late due to Montgomery County mandates.

MJ Christian at Macon County – The 0-2 MJCA Saints travel to Lafayette Friday to take on Macon County High.

The Tigers are riding high at 2-0 after wins over Smith County (43-7) and Westmoreland (13-7).

Mt. Juliet Christian suffered a heart breaking 25-21 loss to Lookout Valley, giving up a touchdown in the final 18 seconds.

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