Craig Harris/Macon County Times Junior Ethan Jenkins and the rest of the Macon County High football team will be looking to improve upon last season's 5-6 record.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Junior Ethan Jenkins and the rest of the Macon County High football team will be looking to improve upon last season's 5-6 record.

Aug. 23

vs. Smith County

Last season: Owls finished 4-7 last season, suffering a 49-13 loss at Red Bank in their Class 3A playoff opener.

Notes: Smith County handed Macon County a 28-14 loss in the two teams' season opener last season. The Owls have won the last two meetings between the two programs. Smith County is under the direction of first-year head coach Scott Murray, who was hired after Mike Dickerson resigned after six seasons at the helm of the program. Murray has previously served as the head coach at Glencliff, Whites Creek and Hunters Lane.

Aug. 30

At Westmoreland

Last season: Eagles finished with an 8-4 record and defeated Polk County (14-7) in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs before suffering a 40-6 loss to Watertown in the second round.

Notes: Westmoreland pulled away in the second half for a 33-7 win at Macon County last year. However, the Eagles -- who are under the direction of second-year head coach Chad Perry -- lost Tate Sloan to graduation, who rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns in last season's win over the Tigers. Macon County had won the previous three meetings with Westmoreland.

Sept. 6

At Mt. Juliet Christian

Last season: The Saints finished with a 7-3 record, placing second in the Division II Class A East Region, before suffering a 34-7 loss to visiting Nashville Christian in its playoff opener.

Notes: Mt. Juliet Christian has produced three consecutive winning seasons, combining for a 21-11 record over that span. However, the Saints have managed just one playoff victory (a 31-18 victory over visiting Jackson Christian in 2017). Mt. Juliet Christian is coached by Dan Davis, a former assistant coach at Pearl-Cohn for nine seasons.

Sept. 13

Vs. Glencliff

Last season: The Colts finished 1-9 last season, with the one victory coming in week 9 (an 8-0 win over visiting Hunters Lane). Glencliff scored 63 points last season while giving up at least 34 in nine of its 10 games.

Notes: The Colts have managed just eight wins over the past seven seasons. The 2012 campaign was the lone one in which Glencliff has won more than one game, finishing 2-8 thanks to wins over Lebanon and Hunters Lane. The week 4 contest is the final of four consecutive non-region games to start the season for the Tigers.

Sept. 20

At Cumberland County

Last season: The Jets would have been winless last season, but they benefited from a forfeit victory due to Powell using an ineligible player. Macon County handed Cumberland County a 15-0 loss last season. The Jets scored just 36 points last season while giving up 40 points or more seven times.

Notes: Cumberland County has produced just two victories over the last three seasons. The Jets haven't had a winning season since 2002, though the Jets reached the playoffs in 2015.

Sept. 27

Vs. Trousdale County

Last season: The Yellow Jackets compiled an 11-4 record and reached the Class 2A state championship game before suffering a 17-9 loss to Peabody. Trousdale County handed Macon County a 28-0 loss a year ago.

Notes: The Yellow Jackets won six consecutive games before falling in the state title contest, including avenging a regular-season loss to Watertown with a 15-8 victory over the Purple Tigers in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Trousdale County scored 27 points or more in 10 of its 15 contests. The nine-time state champions had won eight consecutive times when appearing in the state championship game before falling to Peabody last December. The Yellow Jackets fell to 9-4 in state championship games. Trousdale County will be under the direction of first-year head coach Blake Satterfield, the grandson of longtime head coach Jim Satterfield and son of longtime head coach Clint Satterfield. Satterfield succeeds Brad Waggoner, who led the program for two seasons before resigning to take the head-coaching position at Elbert County (Georgia) High.

Oct. 4

Vs. Stone Memorial

Last season: The Panthers compiled a 9-2 record last season and won the Region 3-4A championship but suffered a 30-29 loss to visiting Marshall County in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. Stone Memorial scored at least 21 points in every game, producing at least 34 points five times. The Panthers rolled to a 42-7 victory over Macon County.

Notes: Stone Memorial has won at least nine games in three of its last four seasons, and the Panthers have captured three regional titles over that span as well. Stone Memorial extended its run of consecutive playoff appearances to eight seasons.

Oct. 18

At DeKalb County

Last season: The Tigers posted a 3-8 record and suffered a 56-7 loss at Maplewood in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. DeKalb County gave up 40 points or more five times last season. The Tigers suffered a 20-17 loss at Macon County.

Notes: DeKalb County has experienced back-to-back seasons of 3-8 records, following consecutive seven-win campaigns. The Tigers have lost six consecutive playoff openers, with their last playoff victory coming in 2012 (a 39-21 victory over visiting Sequoyah in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs). Macon County has won four consecutive games against DeKalb County.

Oct. 25

At White County

Last season: The Warriors finished winless last season, producing just 62 points while giving up 35 or more eight times (surrendering at least 50 points five times). White County's closest game was a 20-13 loss to a two-win Warren County squad in week 2.

Notes: White County enters the season with a 24-game losing streak. The Warriors haven't had a winning season or reached the playoffs since 2013 when the team finished 8-3 before suffering a 42-8 loss to visiting Cleveland in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. White County is under the direction of first-year head coach Mark Frasier, who succeeds Jerry Lowery (who led the program for three seasons).

Nov. 1

Vs. Livingston Academy

Last season: The Wildcats finished 5-6 and dropped a 37-23 contest to Tullahoma in its Class 4A playoff opener. Livingston Academy suffered a 27-21 loss to Macon County in the two teams' regular-season finale, which determined second and third place in Region 3-4A. The Wildcats averaged 30.6 points per game last season but surrendered 31.8 points per contest.

Notes: The Wildcats have alternated winning and losing seasons recently, compiling an 8-3 record and winning the Region 3-4A title in 2017. Livingston Academy's last playoff victory came in 2015, a 42-13 win over visiting Lawrence County in its Class 4A playoff opener.