GAMES TO WATCH THIS TEC FOOTBALL SEASON
The high school football season is now less than two months away. If everything goes according to plan, the TEC should be wide open this season. Today we will take a look at the potential “games of the week” . Many teams will feel the pressure early when the season kicks off August 21.
HAGERSTOWN AT KNIGHTSTOWN: The Tigers and Panthers will get the season started with two teams that have enough weapons to win the conference. Two senior QB’s will look at set the tone early with Chase Richmond of Knightstown and Noah Snodgrass of Hagerstown. Richmond led the TEC in passing in 2019 and Snodgrass was third. Both defenses were in the top three last season. Knightstown LB Sam Thomas averaged 11.5 tackles per game and added seven sacks. He returns as does LB Ben Newby (10.1tpg). Hagerstown’s defense will be anchored by LB Dominic Anderson (7.8tpg).
UNION COUNTY AT NORTHEASTERN: The Patriots are counting on QB Zach Hill to be 100% for his entire senior season. Hill missed most of last season following an early season auto accident. When Zach is behind center and RB Mason Wicker can become the full-time running back, the Patriots offense can be lethal. The Knights lost a lot of talent off last years 7-3 squad. The loss of RB Shane Berry (1,292yds), Wes Mull and Cade Bray will take away some of the punch on offense. Northeastern set the tone early last season beating the Patriots 27-14 at Liberty.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Lincoln at Centerville
HAGERSTOWN AT CENTERVILLE: The Bulldogs shut down Hagerstown’s offense in the second game of the season with a 16-0 victory. Hagerstown was held to 105 yards of total offense. Centerville was dominant in the run game with 220 yards led by QB Ryan Dickenson with 95. Hagerstown will have plenty of pressure on them with a second straight tough road contest. The Tigers don’t want to start the season with another 0-2 record.
WINCHESTER AT KNIGHTSTOWN: The Golden Falcons opened a lot of eyes last season with a 50-8 victory over the Panthers in game two. Winchester was able to run the football with 245 yards and six touchdowns. If the Panthers want to get some revenge, they must have a balanced attack…and stop the run.
KEEP AN EYE ON : Northeastern at Tri
NORTHEASTERN AT WINCHESTER: The Knights could be 2-0 heading into this TEC battle. Winchester could also be 2-0. Two excellent head coaches matching wits here.
CENTERVILLE AT SHENANDOAH: Yes, this is a non-conference game for the Bulldogs, but it is a very important game as Centerville would love a signature win on the road this early. The Raiders weren’t as dominant last season as they have been, but they are very good at home.
KEEP AN EYE ON:
Knightstown at Union County
WINCHESTER AT CENTERVILLE: Will the Bulldogs be healthy after a tough battle at Shenandoah in week 3? The Golden Falcons beat the Bulldogs in 2019 42-28 outscoring Centerville 21-13 in the second half. Winchester outgained Centerville 486-106.
LINCOLN AT NORTHEASTERN: Lincoln was shut out by the Knights last season 41-0. The Golden Eagles will return several key defensive players including LB Jacob Ervin (14.7tpg), DB Josh Miles (13.5tpg), LB Gavin Sherwood (10.7tpg), DL Cooper Flockhart (8.7tpg) and a healthy DB Alex Hokey. Lincoln has lost seven straight to the Knights. Will this be an upset?
KEEP AN EYE ON: Union County at Hagerstown
UNION COUNTY AT WINCHESTER: Winchester walked away with a 36-7 win last season at Liberty. Zach Hill was out and Mason Wicker had to return at QB. The Patriots didn’t score until the 4th quarter and managed only 75 yards of total offense.
CENTERVILLE AT TRI: The Titans surprised the Bulldogs in 2019 with a 34-21 win on the Bulldogs home field. The Bulldogs struggled on offense managing only 169 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, Tri was able to run for 254 and 348 overall. If the Bulldogs have played well in their first four games, this will be a key road contest.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Northeastern at Union City and Hagerstown at Lincoln
CENTERVILLE AT NORTHEASTERN: Remember what happened at Centerville last season? Enough said!
TRI AT WINCHESTER: The Titans kept things close in the first half trailing 14-6. Then the Golden Falcons outscored Tri 28-16 in the second half. Both teams could be battling for the top three spots in the TEC at this point. Both teams can run the football.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Shenandoah at Hagerstown and Union City at Union County
UNION COUNTY AT CENTERVILLE: There is no love loss between these two teams. There will be plenty of social media battles going on all week. Centerville won last season’s battle 27-14, but the game was close at the half 14-7 Bulldogs. QB Zach Hill was back and went 10-22 for 95 yards and an interception. Neither team was a power on offense with Centerville gaining only 178 yards of total offense, Union County 171. Centerville has won 4 straight in the series.
WINCHESTER AT HAGERSTOWN: The Tigers struggled in last year’s meeting getting shut out 24-0. Hagerstown was outgained 327-119. Winchester won’t have RB Cole Campbell (228yards).
KEEP ANY EYE ON: Knightstown at Tri, Northeastern at Shenandoah.
CENTERVILLE AT UNION CITY: The Bulldogs remember this one well. A 2OT loss in 2019 28-27. It was the first of three straight losses for Centerville to finish out the season. The Indians are a tough opponent at home!
KNIGHTSTOWN AT NORTHEASTERN: The Knights defense flexed its muscle in the 2019 meeting winning 20-0. Both teams could be a position to win a TEC title at this stage of the season.
HAGERSTOWN AT TRI: The Tigers came back strong in this match-up last season winning 20-14 after that tough loss to Winchester. With some breaks, both of these teams could put themselves in a position to get a TEC title right here.
KEEP AN EYE ON : Winchester at Lincoln
NORTHEASTERN AT HAGERSTOWN: 2019 was a battle with the Knights winning 18-12. Northeastern scored the lone six point in the fourth quarter to seal the win and the TEC. There wasn’t a ton of offense, but these two head coaches LOVE defense. Expect nothing different.
CENTERVILLE AT KNIGHTSTOWN: It was an offensive struggle in 2019 with the Panthers pulling out a 14-7 win. This could be a higher scoring game on the turf.
TRI AT UNION COUNTY: The Titans dominated this game last season winning 38-7. It was over at halftime (35-0). The Titans ran for 385 yards and Zach Davis (132) and Tyler Kingery (103) are back.
UNION CITY AT WINCHESTER: The rivalry game heads to Winchester. The Indians pulled off the win last season 26-24, costing the Golden Falcons the TEC outright title. Union City will miss RB Jayden Hindsley who ran for 195 yards in last seasons win.
KEEP AN EYE ON : Lincoln at South Decatur
Friday, Aug. 21
Lincoln at Centerville ©, 7 pm
Hagerstown at Knightstown ©, 7 pm
Union City at Tri ©, 7 pm
Union County at Northeastern ©, 7 pm
Winchester at South Adams, 7 pm
Friday, Aug. 28
Lincoln at Union County ©, 7 pm
Hagerstown at Centerville ©, 7 pm
Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) at Union City, 7 pm
Northeastern at Tri ©, 7 pm
Winchester at Knightstown ©, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 4
Centerville at Shenandoah, 7 pm
Knightstown at Union County ©, 7 pm
Northeastern at Winchester ©, 7 pm
Tri at Lincoln ©, 7 pm
Union City at Hagerstown ©, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 11
Lincoln at Northeastern ©, 7 pm
Knightstown at Union City ©, 7 pm
Tri at Wes-Del, 7 pm
Union County at Hagerstown ©, 7 pm
Winchester at Centerville ©, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 18
Centerville at Tri ©, 7 pm
Eastern Hancock at Knightstown, 7 pm
Hagerstown at Lincoln ©, 7 pm
Northeastern at Union City ©, 7 pm
Union County at Winchester ©, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 25
Lincoln at Knightstown ©, 7 pm
Centerville at Northeastern ©, 7 pm
Shenandoah at Hagerstown, 7 pm
Tri at Winchester ©, 7 pm
Union City at Union County ©, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 2
Knightstown at Tri ©, 7 pm
Northeastern at Shenandoah, 7 pm
Union City at Lincoln ©, 7 pm
Union County at Centerville ©, 7 pm
Winchester at Hagerstown ©, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 9
Centerville at Union City ©, 7 pm
Hagerstown at Tri ©, 7 pm
Knightstown at Northeastern ©, 7 pm
Monroe Central at Union County, 7 pm
Winchester at Lincoln ©, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 16
Lincoln at South Decatur, 7:30 pm
Centerville at Knightstown ©, 7 pm
Northeastern at Hagerstown ©, 7 pm
Tri at Union County ©, 7 pm
Union City at Winchester ©, 7 pm