High school football returned last week with Upper Cumberland teams finishing out at a respectable 8-8 record overall. Turning to week 2, the Friday Night Lights turn to some big rivalry games that are sure to have some fireworks.
Probably not a bigger game in the UC this Friday night than the battle in Carthage when Gordonsville travels to Smith County for the 2018 edition of the match up. The Tigers come to Carthage coming off a loss at Watertown 48-8 and look to get a W against Smith County who got the victory over Macon County 28-14 in the season opener. The tilt begins at 7pm.
In Smithville, Dekalb County hosts Upperman who comes off a big upset victory over Cookeville 23-7 to start their season. The Tigers pulled off a big home victory over Warren County 19-14 themselves to start their season in the win column. This one should be a good game and it starts at 7pm at DeKalb County High School.
Livingston Academy hosts Cookeville with the Cavaliers in unfamiliar territory starting off the season 0-1. The Wildcats handily defeated White County 35-0 last Friday with a high flying passing attack and look to do the same against Cookeville. Don’t count the Cavs out though, they will be looking to correct things quickly to get back into the win column with the short drive up Hwy 111.
In other matchups, White County looks to improve from last week’s performance when they host Warren County in the home opener in Sparta. Monterey hosts Midway High School from east Tennessee. Cannon County travels to Jackson County. The Bulldogs of Clay County travel to Red Boiling Springs and Westmoreland heads to Macon County for the matchup in Lafayette. Cumberland County heads to the Knoxville area to face Powell High School. Scott County visits Stone Memorial in their home opener and York Institute goes to Coalfield. Finally, Zion Christian Academy visits Byrdstown to face Pickett County.
All game times are 7:00pm
Catch live game updates on the News Talk 94.1 twitter page and tune into Rock 93.7 on Saturday morning for the High School Playbook show live from Chick-fil-a in Cookeville. Larry Stone visits area coaches and players to recap all of Friday night’s games.