The scoreboard operator at Stratford’s Buster Boguskie Field might want to consider some finger exercises prior to Friday’s non-region game between Marshall County and Stratford.
There is a possibility for a lot of points in this contest, which is The Tennessean’s game of the week.
Terrell Carter, a member of The Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen, leads Stratford (5-0) against well-balanced Marshall County (5-0). The Tigers have shown in recent weeks they can score in a lot of different ways — on offense, defense and special teams.
The pick: Marshall County 42, Stratford 35
Future region foe?
Am I the only one wondering if when Ensworth plays at CPA on Friday night it will be the final non-region contest between the two programs?
Both teams could potentially be in the same region in Division II-AA beginning in 2017.
CPA has yet to announce its intentions for the next four years. All schools have until Oct. 14 to declare if they will play in Division I or Division II. Division II will feature schools that offer financial assistance next season.
If CPA makes the jump to Division II, it would be in DII-AA.
Ensworth’s enrollment places it in Division II-AA. However, historically the school has played in Division II’s highest classification. The school has yet to decide what it will do next year.
The pick: Ensworth 28, CPA 14
Best in Metro
If Cane Ridge wants to truly be the best among Nashville Metro schools, this is the game it must win.
The Ravens (5-0) face a Hillsboro (2-3) program coming off a 28-14 loss to Hendersonville. The Burros along with Pearl-Cohn have been the top Metro team in recent years.
But this is the Ravens’ year it appears.
The pick: Cane Ridge 28, Hillsboro 21
Rivalry game of week
Lipscomb Academy has won three straight contests over rival Goodpasture, including a combined 87-7 over the past two years.
Things will be much closer this week.
Goodpasture, which lost 22 straight games before its 28-13 win over White House in Week 2, has won four consecutive games.
The pick: Lipscomb 21, Goodpasture 20
No trap game
Siegel was ranked 10th in the Associated Press’ Class 6A poll after shutting out Cookeville 16-0 for its first win.
That will only help give seventh-ranked Smyrna its full attention Friday in the two Rutherford County foes’ Region 2-6A contest at Ken Nolan Stadium.
Smyrna’s offense is averaging 42.8 points and racked up 48 points in a rout of Warren County last week in its first full game without running back Casey Perkins.
The pick: Smyrna 35, Siegel 10
Wilson Central over Mt. Juliet
Gallatin over Station Camp
Columbia Academy over Fayetteville
Pearl-Cohn over Liberty
Waverly over Cheatham Co.
Nashville Christian over Pope John Paul II
BGA over Page
CAK over DCA
Howard over Lancaster Christian
Huntland over Lookout Valley
Stewarts Creek over Antioch
Beech over Springfield
Blackman over Cookeville
Brentwood over Northeast
Centennial over West Creek
Northwest over Harpeth
Oakland over Coffee Co.
Cornersville over Mt. Pleasant
Creek Wood over East Hickman
Davidson Academy over Concord Christian
Rossview over Dickson Co.
MBA over Father Ryan
Forrest over Cascade
Friendship Christian over FRA
Franklin Grace over Richland
Giles Co. over Kenwood
Greenbrier over Montgomery Central
Hendersonville over East Nashville
Fairview over Hickman Co.
Hunters Lane over Glencliff
Westmoreland over Jackson Co.
Gordonsville over Jo Byrns
Portland over Lebanon
Lewis Co. over Community
Lincoln Co. over Tullahoma
Lawrence Co. over Loretto
Macon Co. over DeKalb Co.
Maplewood over LaVergne
McEwen over East Robertson
Nashville Overton over McGavock
Trousdale Co. over Monterey
Mt. Juliet Christian over Ezell-Harding
MTCS over Pickett Co.
Fulton City, KY over Stewart Co.
Stone Memorial over Smith Co.
Summertown over Moore Co.
Upperman over Cannon Co.
Riverdale over Warren Co.
Watertown over Eagleville
White Co. over Cumberland Co.
Sycamore over White House
Hillwood over Whites Creek
Livingston Academy over York Institute
Collinwood over Zion Christian
Henry Co. over Clarksville
Last week: 54-12
Overall: 250-89 (.737)