Pearl-Cohn (0-1) at Blackman (1-0)

Time, place: 7 p.m., The Inferno

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

Last meeting: Blackman defeated Pearl-Cohn 30-6 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Pearl-Cohn: QB Mario Gordon (103 passing yards, 51 rushing yards), WR Omari Moore (68 receiving yards), LB Jeh Jones (11 tackles, 1 sack). Blackman: RB Dee Mathers (60 rushing yards), WR/DE Quindell Cousin (61 receiving yards, 1 TD), Matt Williams (154 passing yards, 1 TD).

Keys to the game: Blackman shut down Independence’s offense. However, the defense will be challenged against an extremely athletic Firebirds team led by Gordon, a sophomore.

Oakland (0-1) at
Hunters Lane (0-1)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Jerry Pigue Football Stadium

Last meeting: Oakland defeated Hunters Lane 42-7 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Oakland: RB/NG Travon Willis (134 rushing yards, 3TDs, 1 sack), QB/FS Emmanuel Smith (40 passing yards, 61 rushing yards, 10 tackles), WR/FS Tyler Black (11 tackles). Hunters Lane: WR/DB Mazio Rhodes, LB Shawn Clemmons, RB Xavier Eddings.

Keys to the game: The once-mighty Warriors have struggled as of late, entering tonight with a 17-game losing streak. They have scored less than 10 points eight times in that span. But Oakland can’t mail it in against Hunters Lane, or it could have some difficulty.

Lincoln County (0-1) at Siegel (1-0)

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

Last meeting: Siegel defeated Lincoln County 33-20 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Lincoln Co.: Matt Beddingfield (57 passing yards, 66 rushing yards), RB Kevin Galloway (51 rushing yards), Josh Whitaker (20 receiving yards). Siegel: RB Denzel Harding (32 rushing yards, 2 TDs), WR/DB Tae Martin (176 receiving yards, 3 total TDs) TE Damien Clark (37 receiving yards).

Keys to the game: Siegel will try and get its ground game on track with Harding, Dre Knox, Andrew Knox and Jacob Hayes. Their speed should give the Falcons fits on defense.

Brentwood (1-0) at Smyrna (0-1)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Robert L. Raikes Stadium

Last meeting: Smyrna defeated Brentwood 28-7 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Brentwood: QB Austin Winfree (13 passing yards, 30 rushing yards), QB Aaron Maher (63 passing yards, 47 rushing yards, 2 passing TDs), LB Ryan England (8 tackles, 1 INT). Smyrna: RB Ladarius Summers (31 rushing yards), QB Matt Rodell (43 passing yards), TE Dustin Boone (38 receiving yards).

Keys to the game: Smyrna got the butterflies out last week and should continue to improve as the year continues. However, the Bruins are seasoned and talented enough to move the ball with ease behind a strong offensive line.

Wilson Central (1-0) at
La Vergne (0-1)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Freedom Field

Last meeting: La Vergne defeated Wilson Central 21-17 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Wilson Central: QB Jordan Roundtree (112 passing yards), RB Kaleb Butler (36 rushing yards), WR Chris Lee (98 receiving yards). La Vergne: RB Daryl James (71 rushing yards, 1 TD), RB Willie Cowan (29 rushing yards, 1 TD), QB C.J. Fore (101 passing yards, 3 INTs).

Keys to the game: Wilson Central’s big front line could give the Wolverines trouble. James and Cowan will need to get on track quickly to keep La Vergne in the game.

McEwen (0-1) at Eagleville (0-1)

Time, place: 7 p.m., Talon Field

Last meeting: Eagleville defeated McEwen 27-0 in 2011.

Key players to watch: McEwen: Message not returned. Eagleville: RB/DB Chris Hale (71 rushing yards, 33 receiving yards, 1 TD, 8 tackles), QB Ryan Jordan (158 passing yards, 1 TD), WR/DB Andrew Jernigan (72 receiving yards, 1 TD, 6 tackles).

Keys to the game: Eagleville unveiled a new-found passing game a week ago. Jordan gives defenses much more to prepare against. He should be able to have another big game this week against the Warriors’ secondary.

Ezell-Harding (0-1) at MTCS (0-1)

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

Radio Stream: MTSNonline.com

Last meeting: Ezell-Harding defeated MTCS 28-8 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Ezell-Harding: QB Cedric Caldwell (125 passing yards, 2 INTs), RB Blake Smotherman (74 rushing yards, 94 receiving yards), RB Ethan Foster (37 rushing yards). MTCS: QB Brent Hofbauer (113 passing yards), WR Oakley Starling (60 receiving yards), Justin Winn (43 receiving yards).

Keys to the game: MTCS must eliminate the big play on defense and put together some drives on offense early to give the Cougars confidence. MTCS must establish a run game.

Cannon County (0-1) at Grace Baptist (0-1)

Time, place: 6:30 p.m., Grace Baptist

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

Last meeting: Grace Baptist defeated Cannon County 40-13 in 2011.

Key players to watch: Grace Baptist: QB Josh Smith (106 passing yards, 148 rushing yards), RB Will Slack (144 rushing yards), FB/LB DeQuan Hughes (38 rushing yards, 6 tackles). Cannon Co.: DL Dalton Ryan, RB A.J. Daniel (22 rushing yards), QB Jake Todd.

Keys to the game: Grace Baptist rushed for more than 300 yards in a Week 0 loss to Notre Dame. The Lions’ front line must find a way to slow that down, while getting their own run game on track.


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