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Siegel (0-0) at Franklin (0-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Howard Gamble Stadium

Radio: WGNS (1450-AM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM), WAKM (950-AM)

2011 record: Siegel finished 8-4. Franklin finished 8-4.

Last meeting: Siegel defeated Franklin 35-30 in 2011.

Key players to watch:
Siegel: Brent Stockstill (1,083 passing yards, 7 TDs), WR/DB Tae Martin (731 receiving yards, 7 TDs, 8 INTs), RB Denzel Harding (1,465 rushing yards, 20 TDs). Franklin: RB Colton Black (1,033 rushing yards, 10 TDs), DE Zach Bacon (56 tackles, 7 sacks), RB Colton Morrison (151 rushing yards).

Keys to the game: Siegel’s quick pace of play should give the Rebels’ defense fits. The Stars are deep at skilled positions, especially running back. That makes up for RB Jacob Hayes having a sprained ankle.

Blackman (0-0) at Independence (0-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m, Eagles Stadium

Online broadcast: MTSNonline.com

2011 record: Blackman finished 8-4. Independence finished 8-3.

Last meeting: Blackman defeated Independence 14-9 in 2011.

Key players to watch:
Blackman: RB/FS Dee Mathers (342 rushing yards, 2 TDs), FB/LB Antonio Allen (399 rushing yards, 5 TDs), DT Austin Singleton. Independence: ATH Vic Wharton (627 rushing yards, 297 receiving yards, 9 total TDs), RB Oscar Prado (155 rushing yards, 26 receiving yards), QB Chase Swayze (362 passing yards, 4 TDs).

Keys to the game: Wharton is a difference maker for the Eagles. He transferred from CPA and has college offers from Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Mississppi State. Blackman will try to grind it out on the ground against the Eagles’ defense.

Smyrna (0-0) at Battle Ground Academy (0-0)

Time, place: 7:30 p.m., Guffee-Brown Stadium

2011 record: Smryna finished 6-5. BGA finished 7-4.

Last meeting: BGA defeated Smryna 29-26 in overtime in 2011.

Key players to watch:
Smyrna:QB Matt Rodell, RB Ladarius Summers (21 rushing yards in 2011), WR Xavier Kynard (13 receiving yards).BGA:QB/DB Tucker Beathard, RB Keenan Bass (995 rushing yards, 10 TDs), OL/DL Kimani Roberts (46 tackles).

Keys to the game: Smyrna must challenge the Wildcats up front and try to be aggressive running the football. For the majority of the team this will be their first time on the field on Friday night.

La Vergne (0-0) at Antioch (0-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Bears Stadium

2011 record: La Vergne finished 3-7. Antioch finished 6-5.

Last meeting: La Vergne defeated Antioch 31-0

Key players to watch:
La Vergne: RB Daryl James (468 yards, 8 TDs in 2011), ATH Antonio Cowart, LB/TE Dustin Bills. Antioch: RB Clarence Mathis, RB/DB Tyler Bumbalough, DT Tyrone Smith (30 tackles).

Keys to the game: La Vergne’s defense will be challenged against the Bears’ triple option. However, the Wolverines’ run game has been solid thus far in the preseason with James running the football.

Riverdale (0-0) at Brighton (0-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium in Brighton.

2011 record: Riverdale finished 13-1. Brighton finished 10-2.

Last meeting: Riverdale defeated Brighton 49-6 in 2011.

Key players to watch:
Riverdale: LB Scottie Boykin (142 tackles in 2011), QB Dillon Woodruff (1,524 passing yards, 826 rushing yards, 29 total TDs), WB/DB Ricardo Terry (333 rushing yards, 3 INTs). Brighton: QB Brady Stewart (2,834 passing yards), RB Antonio Dickerson (485 rushing yards, 14 TDs), WR Artez Harris (320 receiving yards).

Keys to the game: Riverdale’s secondary will be tested against Stewart, who is a pocket passer for the Cardinals. Brighton will play a lot of sophomores and must be ready for the Warriors’ misdirection on offense.

Oakland (0-0) at Arlington (0-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Arlington Stadium in Arlington.

2011 record: Oakland finished 6-5. Arlington finished 9-3.

Last meeting: Oakland defeated Arlington 27-17 in 2011.

Key players to watch:
Oakland: QB/FS Emmanuel Smith (259 rushing yards in 2011, 73 passing yards), RB Darryle Hood, RB/LB Travon Willis (548 rushing yards, 11 TDs, 67 tackles). Arlington: QB Drew Reed (2,776 passing yards, 36 TDs), WR Justin Boring (715 receiving yards, 9 TDs), WR Omari Hampton (395 receiving yards, 3 TDs).

Keys to the game: Reed can torch the Patriots if they don’t put pressure on him. However, Reed is also an elusive runner. The Oakland run game behind Willis must eat up yards to shorten the game and keep possession of the ball. Oakland will be without Fred Wade, who tore his ACL and is out for the season.

MTCS (0-0) at Nashville Christian (0-0)

Time, place: 7:30 p.m., NCS Stadium.

2011 record: MTCS finished 1-9. Nashville Christian finished 5-7.

Last meeting: Nashville Christian defeated MTCS 38-7 in 2011.

Key players to watch:
MTCS: QB Brent Hofbauer (310 passing yards in 2011), WR Justin Winn (345 receiving yards), OL/DL Bryson Hammrich. NCS: RB Phillip Booker (727 rushing yards, 11 TDs), RB/DB Emaji Graves (31 rushing yards); QB Michael Paszek (360 passing yards).

Keys to the game: The MTCS offense has developed a year into coach Brian Stewart’s spread offense. The Cougars have had success moving the ball in the preseason. The defense is young at linebacker and will be challenged with stopping Booker, who is a game changer for NCS.

Eagleville (0-0) at Westmoreland (0-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Eagles Stadium.

2011 record: Eagleville finished 11-1. Westmoreland finished 3-7.

Last meeting: Eagleville defeated Westmoreland 28-27 in double overtime in 2011.

Key players to watch:
Eagleville: QB Ryan Jordan (1,744 passing yards), RB Chris Hale (869 rushing yards), WR/CB Andrew Jernigan (183 receiving yards, 4 INTs). Westmoreland: RB/LB Lane Troutt (271 rushing yards, 124 tackles), FB/DB Steve Johnson (557 rushing yards, 54 tackles), WB/LB Lucas Ward (274 rushing yards).

Keys to the game: Eagleville has added a passing attack with the addition of Jordan, who played at Cannon County last season. That will be key early on as Eagleville has been hit hard by injuries on the offensive line in the preseason.

Watertown (0-0) at Cannon County (0-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Fred Schwartz Field

Radio: WBRY (1540-AM, 96.7-FM)

2011 record: Watertown finished 6-5. Cannon County finished 0-10.

Last meeting: Watertown defeated Cannon County 41-0 in 2011.

Key players to watch:
Watertown: QB Ty Jobe (1,263 passing yards), RB Brannon Hill (1,009 rushing yards, 13 TDs), WR Jake Belcher (92 receiving yards, 2 TDs). Cannon Co.: RB Hawk Love (260 rushing yards), QB/WR Cody Petro (604 receiving yards), WR/DB/P Justin Tobin (750 receiving yards).

Keys to the game: Cannon County’s secondary will be tested against Jobe. The Lions must establish the run game early against the Purple Tigers to control the clock.

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