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Midstate football Top 10: Small schools

A look at the top small high school football teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by the USA Today Sports Network for Middle Tennessee. Small schools consist of teams from Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A and Division II-A.

Stratford coach Maurice Fitzgerald during their game at White House-Heritage.

Stratford coach Maurice Fitzgerald during their game at White House-Heritage.

1. Stratford (5-0): With three shutouts under its belt, the Spartans defense will face its biggest challenge when Marshall County visits on Friday. Last week: 1. This week: Friday vs. Marshall County.

2. Watertown (5-0): The Purple Tigers have won all five of their games by 26 points or more, including a 44-14 win at Jackson County on Friday. Last week: 2. This week: Friday vs. Eagleville.

3. Christ Presbyterian Academy (1-3): The Lions’ schedule doesn’t get any easier following an off week as they host Ensworth. Last week: 3. This week: Friday vs. Ensworth.

4. Nashville Christian (4-1): The Eagles have outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 222-26 in their four victories. Last week: 4. This week: Friday vs. Pope John Paul II.

5. Fairview (4-0): The Yellow Jackets have two weeks to prepare for Hickman County after an off week following their closest contest, a one-point victory over visiting Waverly. Last week: 5. This week: Friday at Hickman County. 

6. Waverly (4-1): The Tigers bounced back from their lone loss in a big way, limiting visiting Hickman County to 95 total yards in Friday’s 47-0 rout. Last week: 7. This week: Friday vs. Cheatham County.

7. Wayne County (5-0): The explosive Wildcats offense erupted for 49 points in the first half Friday and is averaging more than 51 points per game. Last week: 8. This week: Idle.

8. Donelson Christian Academy (5-0): Led by junior quarterback Henry Mosley and senior running back Jayden Walker, the Wildcats rolled past the King’s Academy on Friday. Last week: 9. This week: Friday at Christian Academy of Knoxville. 

9. East Nashville (2-3): Coming off a dominating win over Greenbrier, the Eagles could face their biggest test. Last week: 10. This week: Friday at Hendersonville.

10. Forrest (5-0): The Rockets have rebounded since a scare against Westmoreland in Week 3 with a 21-14 win over Page and a 42-0 rout of Community on Friday.Last week: Not Ranked. This week: vs. Cascade.

Reach Craig Harris at 615-259-8238 and on Twitter @CHTennessean. 

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