By John Thornton:
West TN Game of the Week- Week 7 Milan vs. Covington
October is upon us in the state of Tennessee, and with the colder weather also comes regional contests in High School Football that determines who will not only win a region title but also prime positioning for the playoffs.
In Region 7 of Class 3A, no game has been of more consequence in recent years than the annual showdown between Covington and Milan. In 3 of the past 4 years, the winner of this matchup has gone on to win the region. This year should be no different as these two teams are the runaway favorites to win the region once again.
For the Covington Chargers under Coach J.R. Kirby, it has been business as usual. The Chargers have crushed virtually every opponent on their schedule to this point, and might just be the hottest team in West Tennessee right now. It has been a balanced effort all season long for Covington, with the offense scoring less than 41 points on just one occasion, that being a 20-13 win over Class 4A Haywood, and a defense that hasn’t allowed more than 14 in a single game and has allowed a total of 21 points in the last 4 games. This team has all the tools to make a return to Cookeville. The Chargers will be amped up for revenge after Milan won last season’s meeting 14-7, and prevented Covington from winning the region.
Coach Carl Diffee couldn’t have asked for a much better start to his tenure at Milan. After a season-opening loss at the hands of reigning 2-time Class 2A State Champion Peabody, the Bulldogs have rattled off 5 straight wins. After seeing Covington make so many deep playoff runs the last few years, Milan will want to unseat Covington as the region’s best. The offense has begun to click well for Milan, having scored at least 35 points dating back to the initial defeat to Peabody. Sitting at 2-0 in the region is nice, but the Bulldogs know none of that matters with the upcoming trip to Covington. There will be no region championship without a win Friday. Behind four straight victories by double figures, Milan thinks they can do it.
Both teams sit at 2-0 in the region entering Friday, making this clash pivotal. Milan leads the All-Time series 9-7 including last year’s 14-7 win but Covington has won 4 of the last 6 meetings in the series. This early October matchup will have all the makings of an instant classic at Covington Athletic Field at 7 p.m. Friday night.