Another week is in the books for this forecast season. Last week’s forecast, as with the week before, went 11 for 16. That brings this year’s numbers to 37 for 52. That’s 71% folks! Let’s see if we can improve that percentage. There is a lot of football to be played this week. So, let’s get on with the forecast. Here is my attempt to pick the winners of the local (Within Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Chattooga, Gordon, and Walker Counties) high school football contests. In addition, the forecast will include the 3 NCAA D-1 FCS teams within an hour’s drive from the Coosa Valley (give or take a few minutes).
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THIS WEEK’S PICKS (Bold Print Indicates Local Teams)
Friday, September 16th
- Chattooga @ Coosa
So far, Coosa (1-2) has proven that they can win if not challenged. Yet, the Eagles have been able to score points in their losses. Chattooga (1-2) has proven about the same thing. The difference is that the Indians have stopped scoring many points. Expect Coosa to continue to score and sent the Indians back north with a loss.
Winner Forecast: Coosa
- Dade County @ Model
What is going on in Shannon? The Model Blue Devils (3-0) are on a roll. Following a big win a Northwest Whitfield last week the Devils need to avoid a letdown. They have two games in a row that are very winnable. Model does not need to be trapped. Dade County (1-2) is weak, but will play hard. If Model plays like they have been, they will have no trouble. If Model gets caught looking two weeks ahead at Pepperell, they could be upset by a weaker foe. Plan for Model to keep course.
Winner Forecast: Model
- Pepperell @ Gordon Central
Pepperell (1-0) will have a chance to play the reserves this week. The Dragons are coming off a bye week and will look to get their starters a good half of play to get the real game timing in place. Gordon Central (0-4) will be in no place to put up a fight. The home standing Warriors will fall… again… by a lot.
Winner Forecast: Pepperell
- Armuchee @ Rockmart
Armuchee (1-2) get to travel to Polk County to take on Rockmart (2-1). If Armuchee wants to have a chance at winning this game, they must keep time of possession heavily in their own favor. I’m reminded of Coach Red Beaulieu’s new offense. The Indians must maintain long possessions to be in this game at the end. Otherwise, Rockmart will have too many opportunities to score and Armuchee will not be able to stop them.
Winner Forecast: Rockmart
- Coahulla Creek @ Calhoun
After a week off, Calhoun (1-2) should finally get to wake up Saturday morning as winners. After numerous years beating teams with seriously lopsided scores, the Yellow Jackets have had to take some of their own medicine as of late. I have a feeling that medicine hasn’t sat too well. The Coahulla Creek Colts (0-3) will play dead early and hope to board the buses after a second half running clock.
Winner Forecast: Calhoun
- Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe @ Sonoraville
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (0-3) is struggling. They are playing poor football and this week they get to show the good folks in western Gordon County how poor they really are. Sonoraville (1-2) will get to share this win with the JV players. Everyone will get to play. Sonoraville will even up their record.
Winner Forecast: Sonoraville
- Ringgold @ Adairsville
Ringgold (2-1) is not having a problem scoring points this year. Adairsville (0-3) hasn’t broke 30 points yet this year (28 total points all year), and can‘t win. This will be a year Adairsville will want to forget. This game is a game between two Tigers. Visiting Tigers win.
Winner Forecast: Ringgold
- Hapeville Charter @ Cartersville
Have you ever seen a Hornet caught in a Hurricane? I don’t know how this game got scheduled or why, but it’s not going to be pretty for the visitors. Cartersville (3-0) could get bored playing Hapeville Charter (1-2). Enough said.
Winner Forecast: Cartersville
- Darlington @ Gordon Lee
The Darlington Tigers (2-1) are taking the trip to Chickamauga this week to face the undefeated Gordon Lee Trojans (3-0). This will be the first real contest for the Trojans this year. Their three wins have been to Dade County, LaFayette, and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. If you have read the last few Forecasts, you should understand why I do not consider Gordon Lee’s previous opponents much competition. Darlington, on the other hand, will be a totally different experience for Gordon Lee. The Trojans better be ready. Darlington is playing good football (as they usually do) and will be ready to take care of business as usual.
Winner Forcast: Darlington
- Hiram @ Cass
The Hiram Hornets (2-1) are traveling to Bartow County to mix it up with the Cass Colonels (2-1). This could be a good evenly matched game. Both teams have equal records. There have been no surprises with any of these wins. I do not believe either of these teams have played to their potential. The heart says Cass. The mind says Hiram.
Winner Forcast: Hiram
- Trion @ Bowdon
Bremen exposed the Trion Bulldogs (2-1) last week by a score of 40-7. This after Trion played two weak opponents. The ability of Trion to win competitive games is now in question. The Bowdon Red Devils (2-1) have been tested and have already beaten Bremen during week one. Trion better get their act together this week or we may see a running clock in the second half.
Winner Forecast: Bowdon
- Woodland @ Villa Rica
The Woodland Wildcats (0-3) are quickly becoming a football afterthought in Bartow County. Villa Rica (2-1) will be welcoming an easy win this week. The Forecast has picked Woodland twice this season. No more! Not until changes are made.
Winner Forecast: Villa Rica
Saturday, September 17th
- # 17 Coastal Carolina University @ #4 Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville State will return home after a rare loss this weekend. Though JSU lost to SEC power LSU this past weekend, the game stats show the Gamecocks have the ability to play four quarters with anyone in the country. In my humble opinion, if a certain phantom chop block had not been called during the second quarter of Saturday night’s game, the outcome of the game may have been much different. It is funny how much momentum means in football. As the Big South’s (exiting) highest ranked member brings its team to JSU for the first time, expect JSU to be ready. Coastal Carolina is currently in transition from FCS to FBS. This means they have already upped their scholarship count. They are also a program that has won around 10 game every year for the last several years. That being stated, Coastal is a good team with plenty of talent. However, JSU has proved that they can play against the best of talented teams. The only problem for JSU this Saturday would be JSU itself. JSU must continue to decrease the penalty count… More importantly… penalties “at the wrong time.” JSU must also capitalize on red zone possessions by scoring touchdowns and not settling for field goals. As stated before, the Chanticleers are talented. They have a chance to pull off a rare visitor win on Burgess-Snow Field this weekend. BUT… I wouldn’t bet on it. JSU’s All-American QB, Eli Jenkins will shine on the ground and in the air.
Forecast Winner: Jacksonville State University
- #6 University of Tennessee – Chattanooga @ Furman University
Finally, UTC will get to test itself. Furman has a winless 0-2 record but their losses have come to Michigan State and The Citadel. The Paladins will be at home for the first time this year and the Mocs will be on the road for the first time. UTC will punch Furman in the mouth. The difference will be, unlike Shorter and Presbyterian, Furman will punch back. The first two weeks of the season are over for the Mocs and the competition will increase. Expect this to be a close one at the end. Furman’s advantage will be that they are at home, athletic, well coached, and experienced. Chattanooga’s advantage will be that they have depth, they are strong and fast, and they are not having to play Jacksonville State this weekend.
Forecast Winner: University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
NEXT WEEK’S FORECAST (Bold Print Indicates Local Teams)
Friday, September 23
Paulding County @ Rome
Coosa @ Pepperell
Model @ Armuchee
Gordon Central @ Chattooga
Calhoun @ North Murray
Sonoraville @ Ringgold
Cartersville @ Cedartown
Rockmart @ Dade County
Bowdon @ Darlington
Kell @ Cass
Trion @ North Cobb Christian
Carrollton @ Woodland
Northwest Whitfield @ Ridgeland
Southeast Whitfield @ LaFayette
Colonial Hills Christian School @ Unity Christian School
Saturday, September 24
Jacksonville State University @ Liberty University
Kennesaw State University @ Duquesne University
Samford @ University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
Carolinas School for the Deaf @ Georgia School for the Deaf