By Jake Evans:
Game of the Week:
Cordova vs Central
Friday night, the 2019 high school football season starts with a bang. There are a myriad of noteworthy games across the state, but the West Tennessee Game of the Week goes to Memphis Central, as they host Cordova, the team that they knocked out of the playoffs last year in Round One.
In 2018, Cordova racked up a 7-4 record and reached the 6A playoffs, but was beaten in the first round by Memphis Central. Darin Turner’s touchdown grab with less than two minutes to go secured a 21-20 win for Central. Central finished the season with an 8-3 record, losing to Germantown in the second round of the playoffs. Despite a solid record, Central limped to the finish line, losing three of their last five games, after starting 6-0.
This Friday, the key to the game is Central’s offense. If they produce, they will win. If they come out flat, Cordova will take the game. The reason for that is 4-star senior WR Darin Turner. Turner is the 6th rated player in the state for the 2020 class, and holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Miami, and LSU, among other Power-5 offers. The 6’3” 205 lb WR is projected to go to Arkansas, according to 247Sports.com.
Last season, Turner showed his ability to take over a game, something that Central will need out of him this season. However, Cordova’s defense won’t make it easy for him, as they allowed a mere 16 PPG, while scoring 30.5 PPG of their own.
It’s difficult to predict the outcome of this game, as there isn’t much information available for either team, until we see them play. However, this game is still crucial for both teams, as the 6A classification is stacked with talent this year. This first game is especially important for both teams, as they face another region opponent in week 2. Houston will travel to Central in week 2, while Cordova heads to Germantown. This game is huge for both schools, as it will set the tone for the rest of the 2019 season. 6A is loaded with talent across the board, making the road to Cookeville that much more difficult. The summer work is done, now it’s time to play. It’s football time in Tennessee!
When: Friday, Aug. 23rd, 7pm
Where: Memphis Central High School