Regular season comes to a close

Friday, October 27, 2017
Forrest senior running back Troy Turner (25) and the Rockets travel to Community tonight for a do-or-die contest.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The final regular season games of the prep football campaign kickoff tonight with the Marshall County Tigers and the Cornersville Bulldogs taking the field as region champions and top seeds for the first three rounds of the playoffs.

The Forrest Rockets are fighting for their playoff life tonight when they travel to Community for a do-or-die matchup versus the Vikings.

The two-time defending region champion Rockets need a win tonight at Unionville to play on and they have history on their side as they hold a 10-0 all-time record over the Vikings.

Forrest has averaged 42.3 points per game in the 10 wins and 43.6 in the five games played at Unionville since 2007.

Community (4-5, 2-3) has given up 32.1 points per game this season, while the Forrest (3-6, 2-3) defense has remained stingy throughout the tough 2017 campaign, allowing just 19.8 points per contest.

Look for the Rockets to win this one in a tough 35-20 contest.

The eighth-ranked Marshall County Tigers lost at 6A Brentwood Friday night, but the non-region contest had no bearing on the playoff picture.

What did have a bearing was a big helping hand by Maplewood, who punched the Tigers’ third consecutive region crown when they beat Nolensville 26-20 last week.

Marshall County quarterback Bryce Wallace (12) hands off to senior Kamron Liggett (6), who has rushed for 1,186 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.

Marshall County (6-3, 4-0) hosts Nolensville (3-6, 2-2) tonight at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg in what will most likely be treated as a playoff primer for the Tigers, who want to go into the first round of the playoffs on a high note.

The Tigers steamroll the Knights 52-10.

Every time seventh-ranked Cornersville takes the field they add to a historic season in Frog Bottom as the 2017 Bulldogs will go down as the best team in school history.

The Dawgs (8-1, 6-0) have already won the most games in a season and are the first Cornersville squad to ever win a region crown.

The prolific offense has carried the day in Cornersville, averaging a whopping 39.9 points per game and a mangling 328.2 yards per game in the rushing attack.

Cameron Whittaker has carried the ball 88 times for 944 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead the three-headed monster ground attack.

Cornersville senior running back Kolbe McMahon (12) and the record setting Bulldogs travel to Lancaster Christian Academy tonight in a non-region playoff warmup.

Quarterback Eli Woodard has 102 touches for 897 yards and 10 TDs and senior Kolbe McMahon has scored nine touchdowns, while rushing the rock 69 times for 667 yards.

On the other side of the ball the Bulldog defense has showed its teeth this year, giving up just over two touchdowns per game and has taken the ball away from their opponents 21 times.

Cornersville travels to Smyrna tonight to take on Lancaster Christian Academy as they prepare for the first round of the Class A playoffs next week with the first ever home postseason game in Bulldog history when they host either Hollow Rock-Bruceton (5-4, 2-3) or McEwen (5-4, 2-3).

Cornersville has no intentions of slowing down as they shutout Lancaster Christian Academy 35-0.