Homecoming games turn into must-wins

Friday, October 5, 2012
Austin Stacey (16) and the Marshall County offense will hope to put up some big numbers this week versus Summit at Preston Hopkins Filed in Lewisburg. (Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca)

The trio of county football squads lost by a combined score of 143-42 in last week's not so pretty gridiron action.

MCHS, Forrest and Cornersville are all facing a playoff crisis and will be fighting for a continuation to the post-season in Week 7, but what could be better for morale than homecoming week.

All three schools will have their weeklong activities that lead up to the crowning of the queen, and then there will football at Preston Hopkins, "The Rock" and "Frog Bottom".

Cornersville QB Hayden McMahon (10) will have to get the offense moving this week if the Bulldogs want to celebrate a homecoming win over Wayne County. (Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca)

The Tigers and the Bulldogs have slipped off the TSSAA playoff grid and the Rockets are holding on by a thread.

MCHS and Summit come into Friday night's battle in Lewisburg with identical 2-4, 1-3 records and both come off big losses with Summit suffering a 42-14 thrashing by Hickman County at the Spartans' homecoming.

Marshall County shutout the Spartans 35-0 in their initial meeting last year and the Tigers can claw their way back to a possible playoff berth if they can get a win this week before a trip to Hohenwald next Friday to take on the Panthers (4-2, 2-2).

Logan Ray (59) and the Forrest defense will have to rebound this week as the Rockets look to bounce back versus MTCS after last week's disappointing 32-7 loss at Eagleville. (Photo by chapelhillbill.com)

The Lewisburg squad will get their win this week, but it will not be easy as they slip by the Spartans 28-27 to cap off the homecoming festivities.

The Rockets (3-3, 1-1) were never really into the game at Eagleville (3-4, 2-1) last week and were manhandled in the clobbering, but have an easy opponent this week for homecoming as win-less MTCS (0-6, 0-2) stumbles to Chapel Hill off a wide 44-0 loss to Community (2-4, 1-2).

The Rockets are 3-2 all-time versus the reeling Cougars' squad and Forrest is very good after a loss, putting up an 8-1 record after defeats over the last four years.

Head coach Joe Moos took the blame after the loss to Eagleville saying he did not prepare his football team well enough to play, but that will not happen this week as Moos and the Rockets stampede the Cougars 32-0.

The Cornersville Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2) have played well this season, but they did not bring their 'A' game to Loretto (5-2, 4-0) last week and it showed in a 49-7 pounding.

The Dawgs have now suffered three straight losses after opening up the season at 2-1 and this week they face a resurgent Wayne County (2-4, 1-2) squad that has won two out of their last three ballgames after an 0-3 start to the campaign.

In those three games, Wayne County beat CA 35-17 last week, lost to first place Loretto 21-6 and handed eighth-ranked Cascade their only loss of the season on September 7.

Cornersville has only one win versus the Wildcats over the past two decades, but Wayne County is still in the midst of a re-loading and the Bulldogs will come back with a hard bite this week to get back into the win column via an exciting 35-32 homecoming win.