Oakland (4-2, 1-1) at No. 2 Siegel (6-0, 2-0)
Time, place: 7 p.m., Ken Nolan Stadium.
Radio: WGNS (1450-AM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM)
Last meeting: Oakland defeated Siegel 19-16 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Oakland: ATH Emmanuel Smith (80.8 rushing ypg, 71.7 passing ypg, 43 tackles), RB Darryle Hood (52.8 ypg, 7 TDs), RB/LB Travon Willis (51.3 rushing ypg, 5 sacks), LB Cliff Thompson (34 tackles, 3 sacks), DE Devonte Johnson (28 tackles, 3 sacks). Siegel: QB Brent Stockstill (240.2 passing ypg, 84 rushing ypg, 12 pasisng TDs), RB Denzel Harding (95.5 rushing ypg, 12 TDs), WR Tae Martin (89.7 receiving ypg, 7 TDs), WR Dominique Gooch (47.7 receiving ypg, 5 TDs).
Keys to the game: Oakland will need its track shoes for the Stars fast-paced offense. The Patriots need to grind it out on offense to keep Stockstill off the field. If Oakland can be in the game through three quarters, it will have the Stars in a place they haven’t been this season.
La Vergne (2-4, 1-1) at No. 10 Riverdale (4-2, 1-1)
Time, place: 7 p.m. Tomahawk Stadium.
Last meeting: Riverdale defeated La Vergne 42-14 in 2011.
Key players to watch: La Vergne: RB Daryl James (88.8 rushing ypg, 3 TDs), RB Willie Cowan (56.8 rushing ypg, 4 TDs), QB C.J. Fore (104.3 passing ypg, 3 TDs), J.J. Horner (36.7 receiving ypg, 3 TDs). Riverdale: QB Dillon Woodruff (136 passing ypg, 23.3 rushing ypg, 10 total TDs), FB/LB Peyton Phillips (63.8 rushing ypg, 2 TDs, 39 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries), WR Tad Onwu (47.7 receiving ypg, 2 TDs), FB/LB Scottie Boykin (26.7 rushing ypg, 77 tackles)
Keys to the game: La Vergne must set up the run game early with James and Cowan. They have been the Wolverines’ top offensive weapons all season. Fore has shown he can move the ball in the air, but he has also been prone to throw interceptions. The Warriors must find a way to move the ball without Mariko Odom, who is out with an ankle injury.
Smyrna (1-5, 1-1) at Blackman (3-3, 0-2)
Time, place: 7 p.m., The Inferno.
Last meeting: Blackman defeated Smyrna 29-28 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Smyrna: RB Kyle Smith (29 rushing ypg, 3 TDs), QB Matt Rodell (49.5 passing ypg, 1 TD), WR Xavier Kynard (35.5 receiving ypg, 2 TDs), LB Taylor Gardner (46 tackles). Blackman: RB Dee Mathers (58.2 rushing ypg, 2 TDs), RB Cole Notgrass (65.7 rushing ypg, 3 TDs), WR Quindell Cousin (69.3 receiving ypg, 3 TDs), QB Chase Smotherman (95.7 passing ypg, 4 TDs).
Keys to the game: Smyrna’s defense has been a strength allowing just 23 points over the past two weeks. The Bulldogs defense must continue that this week against a Blackman offense averaging 24.6 ppg. Blackman can’t overlook the Bulldogs’ offense, despite it averaging just 9.2 ppg and 156.8 ypg.
Forrest (3-2, 1-0) at Eagleville (2-4, 1-1)
Time, place: 7 p.m., Talon Field.
Last meeting: Eagleville defeated Forrest 16-14 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Forrest: RB Richie Smith, QB Brooks Lamb, RB Brandon Beach. Eagleville: QB Ryan Jordan (193.5 passing ypg, 11 TDs), RB Dakota Durand (40.2 rushing ypg), WR Andrew Jernigan (80.3 receiving ypg, 5 TDs), WR John Posada (53.2 receiving ypg).
Keys to the game: Eagleville must get through the week without any more injuries. The Eagles may get RB Chris Hale and LB Blake Solomon after fall break. Jordan has given the Eagles a different offensive look on offense, but Durand and Jordan Siler must find a way to run the ball.
Community (1-4, 0-2) at MTCS (0-5, 0-2)
Time, place: 7 p.m. Throneberry Stadium.
Last meeting: Community defeated MTCS 40-28 in 2011.
Key players to watch: Community: QB Quinn Frost, WR Zack James, RB Austin Lees. MTCS: Brent Hofbauer (119.6 passing ypg, 2 TDs), WR Oakley Starling (32.2 receiving ypg, 1 TD), WR Justin Winn (50 receiving ypg) DB Trey Hickey (10 tackles, 2 INTs).
Keys to the game: Community has the ability to run the ball effectively with Lees at running back. But Frost is still dangerous in the air. Both teams had a week off, giving them time to rest for the home stretch.