Prep picks: Fairview will shake off opening loss

Prep picks: Fairview will shake off opening loss


Prep picks: Fairview will shake off opening loss


They haven’t necessarily been playing with an eye toward a rematch, but Fairview’s Yellow Jackets aren’t upset about this week’s matchup.

Class 3A fifth seed Fairview (8-3) is set to travel for a second-round game against top-seed Cheatham County (11-0). The Cubs opened the season at home with a 27-24 win over Fairview, which was coming off an 11-2 season and a berth in last year’s quarterfinals.

Cheatham County built on the momentum of that victory and posted its first season with double-digit wins since the school was formed in 1970. The Cubs won District 11-AA and produced three 1,000-yard rushers — RBs Desmond Sweatt (1,343 yards, 18 TDs) and Dakota White (1,267, 15) as well as QB Mitchell Potts (1,246, 18).

Fairview absorbed 12-AA losses to Page and Giles County and has won three straight. RB Julian Franklin has averaged 100 rushing yards over the current streak with five TDs.

Expect Fairview’s postseason experience and the motivation of the earlier loss to make a difference. Fairview 23, Cheatham Co. 20.

Mt. Juliet (10-1) at Dickson Co. (10-1): With both teams coming off impressive opening-round performances, this may be the marquee matchup of the 6A second round. Mt. Juliet has averaged 37.9 points and Dickson County 35.6, with defenses to match. If it comes down to the kicking game, both teams have aces — Mt. Juliet with Ryan Jenkins, Dickson County with Mitch Mersman. Mt. Juliet 24, Dickson Co. 20.

DeKalb Co. (10-1) at Livingston Acad. (10-1): Two weeks removed from their game for the District 8-AA title, these two meet for a berth in the 4A quarterfinals. Livingston stalled DeKalb’s hopes for a perfect regular season with a decisive 35-13 win, as LB Lukas Reagan and DE Ronnie Linder had as much impact as QB Brock McCoin and TB Creed Hayes. Unless DeKalb can neutralize the Wildcat defense, QB Lucas Phillips (2,597 passing yards, 43 TDs) will struggle again. Livingston Acad. 28, DeKalb Co. 17.

Blackman (8-3) at Siegel (11-0): Blackman lost 42-7 to Siegel as part of a 3-3 start. Since losing at Bradley Central on Sept. 21, the Blaze has won five straight games. RB Cole Notgrass has rushed for 502 of his 856 yards and seven of his 10 TDs during the current streak. Class 6A No. 1 seed Siegel has outscored its opponents by an average of 35 points behind QB Brent Stockstill (2,562 total yards, 33 TDs). Siegel 35, Blackman 21.

Centennial (7-4) at Northeast (8-3): Tennessee commitment Jalen Reeves-Maybin had 316 rushing yards and five TDs as well as 10 tackles in Northeast’s 34-14 win over Station Camp in the 5A opener, giving him 1,598 yards and 20 TDs for the year. Centennial will have its hands full stopping Reeves-Maybin and RB Jerome James in addition to getting its own attack going. RB Scottie Fleming (1,063 yards, 12 TDs) has been on a tear of late for the Cougars, with 463 yards and six TDs in the last three games. Northeast 24, Centennial 17.

Tullahoma (7-4) at Columbia (9-2): Columbia won 19-17 on the road in Week 2, starting a five-game win streak. RB Trey Burks rushed for 292 yards and three TDs in Tullahoma’s 37-13 Class 5A opening-round win over White County, giving him 871 yards and 10 TDs for the season. Columbia is led by QB Matt Markham (1,608 passing yards, 12 TDs). Columbia 28, Tullahoma 21.

MBA (8-3) at Christian Brothers (9-1): MBA has won three straight and has been led by LB Franklin Garstin (67 tackles). Christian Brothers is on a four-game streak with its 42-0 DII-AA first-round win over St. Benedict. RBs Ramadi Warren and Kurtis Hicks have combined for 1,629 rushing yards and 27 TDs. MBA 24, Christian Bros. 21.

Maplewood (7-4) at White House (6-5): Last season, Maplewood stunned White House 31-0 in the 4A quarterfinals. But this year’s Panthers have scored 16 or fewer points in seven games. LB Ronald Wilbert (144 tackles) leads the Maplewood defense. With 305 carries, RB Grant Wicker (1,704 yards, 16 TDs) keys the White House attack. No one else has more than 28. Maplewood 22, White House 20.

Nashville Chr. (9-2) at Clarksville Acad. (8-2): RB Phillip Booker (1,359 yards, 24 TDs) rushed for 136 yards and three TDs on just eight carries in the 1A first-round win over McEwen. QB Jacob Rugen (1,940 total yards, 25 TDs) leads Clarksville Academy’s attack. Nashville Chr. 23, Clarksville Acad. 21.

Cascade (7-4) at Friendship (9-1): Cascade beat Watertown 24-21, marking the program’s first playoff road win. Sophomore RB Creed Rose (1,824 yards, 16 TDs) gained 145 yards and scored twice. Friendship, the defending 2A champion, has won seven straight. QB A.J. Long has 2,256 total yards and 31 TDs for the Commanders. Friendship 28, Cascade 17.

Last week: 38-7, .844.

Season: 592-192, .755.


Moore Co. over Eagleville

Gordonsville over South Pittsburg

Collinwood over Jo Byrns

Trousdale Co. over Marion Co.

Adamsville over Mt. Pleasant

Loretto over White House-Heritage

CPA over Westmoreland

Hickman Co. over East Hickman

Giles Co. over Notre Dame

East Hamilton over Page

Beech over Hillsboro

Riverdale over McMinn Co.

Brentwood over Overton

Brentwood Acad. over Briarcrest

Ensworth over McCallie

USJ over DCA

St. George’s over FRA


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