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Kreager: Look for lots of points between Marshall Co., Stratford

Tennessean high school sports coordinator Tom Kreager

Tennessean high school sports coordinator Tom Kreager

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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.

Stratford's Stratford's Terrell Carter leads the Spartans' offense.

Stratford’s Stratford’s Terrell Carter leads the Spartans’ offense.

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

Ensworth and coach Ricky Bowers faces CPA on Friday.

Ensworth and coach Ricky Bowers faces CPA on Friday.

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

Cane Ridge plays Hillsboro on Friday in a big Region 6-5A contest.

Cane Ridge plays Hillsboro on Friday in a big Region 6-5A contest.

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

Lipscomb Academy senior defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier – an Oregon commitment – and the Mustangs face rival Goodpasture on Friday.

Lipscomb Academy senior defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier – an Oregon commitment – and the Mustangs face rival Goodpasture on Friday.

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

Smyrna QB John Turner leads an offense averaging 42.8 points a game.

Smyrna QB John Turner leads an offense averaging 42.8 points a game.

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

The rest:

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)

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