No. 5 (4A) Maplewood (2-1) at No. 2 (6A) Riverdale (3-0)
Time, place: 7 p.m., Tomahawk Stadium.
Last meeting: Riverdale defeated Maplewood 41-14 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Maplewood: QB Ladarius Wimberly (136.3 passing ypg), WR Ladarius Malone (67 receiving pg), RB Cortez Adams (55.3 rushing ypg). Riverdale: QB Dillon Woodruff (90.3 passing ypg), WB/S Mariko Odom (123 rushing ypg, 76 receiving ypg, 1 INT, 4 PBU), FB/LB Scottie Boykin (43.3 rushing ypg, 3 TDs, 33 tackles).
Keys to the game: Wimberly is an athletic quarterback who gives the Panthers a passing attack, which could test a Riverdale secondary giving up 135.3 yards a game. But the Panthers will have problems stopping the Warriors ground game.
Oakland (1-2) at Gallatin (2-1)
Time, place: 7 p.m., Calvin Short Field.
Radio: WGNS (1450-AM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM), WHIN (1010-AM).
Last meeting: Gallatin defeated Oakland 31-29 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Oakland: QB/S Emmanuel Smith (86 passing ypg, 51.7 rushing ypg, 25 tackles), RB Darryle Hood Jr. (52 rushing ypg, 2 TDs), WR Kyle Oliver (52.7 receiving ypg, 2 TDs). Gallatin: QB Morgan Campbell (109.3 passing ypg, 56.3 rushing ypg), DE Corey DeBoe, DT Travis Pryor.
Keys to the game: Oakland’s offense is averaging 355.4 yards a game. However, the Patriots must find a way to complete drives. That has hampered them in their two losses this season. The Patriots will rely heavily on Hood and Eric Abernathy in the backfield as Travon Willis recovers from a high ankle sprain.
No. 4 Siegel (3-0) at Ooltewah (2-1)
Time, place: 6:30 p.m., James Monroe Stadium.
Last meeting: Siegel defeated Ooltewah 57-31 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Siegel: QB Brent Stockstill (257.5 passing ypg, 5 TDs), RB Denzel Harding (107 rushing ypg, 10 total TDs), DB Jace Tyson (3 INTs). Ooltewah: QB Brody Binder (103.7 passing ypg, 3 TDs, 2 INTs), RB T.J. Davis (109.7 rushing ypg, 4 TDs), LB Stuart Doss (39 tackles, 2 sacks 2 forced fumbles).
Keys to the game: Ooltewah must slow down the Stars’ high-powered offense, which can score quickly and frequently. The Stars’ defense will see an athletic Ooltewah team that can be dangerous if it doesn’t turn the ball over like the Owls did in their loss to Cleveland.
Blackman (2-1) at Signal Mountain (1-2)
Time, place: 6:30 p.m., Eagles Stadium.
Last meeting: Blackman defeated Signal Mountain 72-35 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Blackman: WR/DE Quindell Cousin (64 receiving ypg), RB Cole Notgrass (60 rushing ypg), RB/CB Dee Mathers (52 rushing ypg). Signal Mountain: QB Reese Phillips (Kentucky commitment, 178.7 passing ypg, 3 TDs), RB Diamez Franklin (74.7 rushing ypg), WR Madison Byrd (83.3 receiving ypg, 2 TDs).
Keys to the game: Signal Mountain’s youth has hurt the Eagles the past two weeks. But Blackman must take advantage of that youth and play physical like it did the past two weeks. The run game remains ahead of the pass game, which could feature multiple quarterbacks this week.
Smyrna (0-3) at No. 2 (6A) Olive Branch, Miss. (2-0)
Time, place: 7:30 p.m., Leslie Pool Field
Online: Video stream on TSSAANetwork.com
Last meeting: Olive Branch defeated Smyrna 26-24 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Smyrna: QB Manny Woodard (60 yards passing last week), WR Xavier Kynard (33.7 receiving ypg), TE Dustin Boone (30.5 receiving ypg). Olive Branch: QB Samuel Craft (100 passing ypg, 77 rushing ypg), LB Alfred Dickens (24 tackles), LB Fred Walls (8 tackles, 2 sacks).
Keys to the game: The Bulldogs tough schedule continues with a difficult road trip. They must play error-free football and take advantage of any Conquistador turnovers. Olive Branch has started slowly in each of its first two games, scoring just three points.
No. 10 (6A) Mt. Juliet (3-0) at La Vergne (1-2)
Time, place: 7 p.m., Freedom Field.
Last meeting: Mt. Juliet defeated La Vergne 34-19 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Mt. Juliet: RB Contrez McCathern (89.3 rushing ypg, 6 TDs), QB Nolan Chowbay (57 passing ypg), RB Caleb Hopkins (63.7 rushing ypg, 28 receiving ypg). La Vergne: RB Daryl James (115.7 rushing ypg), RB Willie Cowan (34.7 rushing ypg), DE Kahlen Fuller.
Keys to the game: La Vergne gets its first crack at stopping the wing-T. Mt. Juliet’s offense has been fluid thus far, averaging 46 points a game. But La Vergne comes in on the heels of an upset win over Oakland. James and Cowan have ran the ball well thus far and need big games against the Bears.
MTCS (0-3) at Cosby (1-1)
Time, place: 6:30 p.m., Virgil Ball Stadium.
Last meeting: Cosby defeated MTCS 40-6 in 2011.
Online: Video streamed on TSSAANetwork.com.
Key players to watch: MTCS: QB Brent Hofbauer (128.3 passing ypg), WR Justin Winn (55.3 receiving ypg), DB Trey Hickey (2 INTs). Cosby: QB Drew Schreder (174.5 passing ypg, 58.5 rushing ypg, 6 total TDs), WR Kyle Stanton (59.5 receiving ypg), RB Dylan Rone (30.5 rushing ypg).
Keys to the game: MTCS travels to East Tennessee in search of its first win of the season. The Cougars’ secondary will be tested against Schreder, who is a big portion of Cosby’s defense. MTCS must try to establish the run. They’ve run for 110 total yards through three games.
Eagleville (1-2) at Collinwood (2-0)
Time, place: 7 p.m., Pat Brewer Stadium.
Last meeting: Eagleville defeated Collinwood 13-0 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Eagleville: QB Ryan Jordan (154.7 passing ypg, 4 TDs, 2 INTs), WR Andrew Jernigan (62.3 receiving ypg, 3 TDs), DL Jason Griffin (19 tackles). Collinwood: QB Logan Montgomery (202.5 passing ypg), WR/DB Peyton Risner (94.5 receiving ypg, 4 TDs, 2 INTs), RB Ben Ragan (47 rushing ypg, 2 TD).
Keys to the game: Montgomery is a dual threat at quarterback for the Trojans. He’s a big body at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. The Eagles may be without running back Chris Hale because of an injury, which could force Dakota Durand and Jordan Siler to a larger role on offense.
Cannon Co. (0-3) at Westmoreland (2-1)
Time, place: 7 p.m., Eagles Stadium.
Radio: WBRY (96.7-FM, 1540-AM)
Last meeting: Westmoreland defeated Cannon County 62-36 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Cannon Co.: RB Hawk Love, WR Justin Tobin, QB Cody Petro. Westmoreland: TB/LB Lane Troutt, FB/DB Steven Johnson, WB/LB Lucas Ward.
Keys to the game: It’s really simple for the Lions. They must improve an offense that finished with negative 57 yards a week ago. That may be rock bottom for a program that is now 1-22 over the past three seasons. If Cannon County can’t move the football forward, it doesn’t matter what it does defensively.