Ansley Mullican made her official debut with the Warren County Sports Authority last week, doing a fabulous job on the sidelines covering the big win against Cannon County. She became an instant fan favorite for her insight and enthusiasm, but now she has to prove she can pick games too.
Mullican is joining our weekly picking competition, which has already seen three perfect weeks. Editor-in-chief Jeffery Simmons went 5-0 in Week 1, while Carter Mansfield – resident high school football expert – and beloved reporter Trevor Evans were both 5-0 in Week 2.
The standings are bunched at the top and it’s only a matter of time until Mullican rises like a phoenix as well.
Current standings (Week 2 in parenthesis):
Jeffery Simmons 9-1 (4-1)
Carter Mansfield 9-1 (5-0)
Geoff Griffin 8-2 (4-1)
Daniel Tidwell 8-2 (4-1)
Trevor Evans 7-3 (5-0)
Cody Robinson 6-4 (4-1)
Ansley Mullican 0-0
Week 3 games:
Coffee County at Blackman
Cookeville at Riverdale
Oakland at Siegel
DeKalb County at Stone Memorial
Simmons: Stone Memorial
Mansfield: DeKalb County
Griffin: Stone Memorial
Tidwell: DeKalb County
Evans: DeKalb County
Robinson: DeKalb County
Mullican: Stone Memorial
Warren County at Rockvale
Simmons: After watching Rockvale clips all weekend and reviewing the plays from the Pioneers whipping the Lions, I decided I was going to pick the Rockets. When I watched a few practices this week, I was more certain I was going to go against Warren County.
Just when I was getting ready to sit down and write my preview, I reached out and asked a couple seniors if this team was ready. They assured me this group could do it – they’re locked in and focused.
They reminded me of how the team went to coach Turner during a timeout late last year against Rockvale, knowing the decision to go for the tie or the win was being discussed. The Pioneers were sure of one thing – nobody was going to stop them. Rockvale didn't and it's been a play people love to talk about ever since.
Maybe the Pioneers are ready to show they won’t be stopped again.
Warren County 42, Rockvale 35
Mansfield: While Rockvale has some good athletes, I think the Pioneers have the athletic advantage. It will come down to who can make the most big plays and who plays better defensively. This game came down to one point last season, and I expect it to be a decently close game this season as well. I have the Pioneers winning in an fairly high-scoring game.
Warren County 38, Rockvale 30
Griffin: Rockvale is not the pick my heart wants to make, but the realist in me has them picking up their second win in program history this week. Let's face it - Rockvale came in to Nunley last year as a first-year program and gave a highly motivated Pioneer squad fits, putting up 35 points. This year, the Rockets have put up almost 80 points in two games, so they know how to play offensive football. The Pioneers tend to get sluggish after two or three CJ Taylor TDs and I think that bites them in this game. Please prove me wrong Pioneers!
Rockets 34, Pioneers 21
Tidwell: Rockvale is an up-and-coming program filled with young talent. If the Pioneers can find a way to win this one, they may go on to their first winning season since 1990. Rockvale wins
Evans: The Pioneers win on the road behind a strong performance from the defense. Pioneers 28, Rockets 21
Robinson: Penalties and turnovers will be the difference in the game. I really hope I’m wrong, but Rockvale will edge out the Pioneers. Rockets 35, Pioneers 28
Mullican: Warren County gets the win this week versus Rockvale by capitalizing on opportunities and limiting mistakes made on offense, defense and special teams. Pioneers 35, Rockets 31