KREAGER: Oakland primed for revenge tonight

KREAGER: Oakland primed for revenge tonight

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KREAGER: Oakland primed for revenge tonight

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Smashmouth meets football on Red Bull tonight.

Second-ranked Oakland begins the night by honoring its first football coach Ray Hughes.

Hughes will like what he sees from this Patriot team. This team is old school on offense and defense. There is very little flash.

Oakland’s ground game will eat up large chunks of yards and turf tonight as the Patriots try to make a statement after losing by a combined score of 93-13 in two games to the Stars in 2012.

Siegel’s high-powered offense must score each opportunity to make Oakland veer off its game plan. But so far, the Patriots haven’t given opponents many chances.

Kreager’s pick: Oakland 34, Siegel 21

Riverdale at Blackman

When was the last time Blackman was heavily favored to win the Backyard Brawl? That is indeed the case tonight.

Winless Riverdale took steps forward last week despite falling to Bradley Central. If the Warriors can stop BHS’ running game, the Warriors can pull off the upset.

But will the Warriors have an answer for quarterback Jauan Jennings?

Kreager’s pick: Blackman 40, Riverdale 20

La Vergne at Stewarts Creek

It’s the birth of a new rivalry as well as a new stadium.

Stewarts Creek christens its football stadium tonight against the Wolverines. Both teams made significant improvement last week and are in search of their first win.

This one could be the most competitive game of the night if the Red Hawks can slow down quarterback C.J. Fore.

Kreager’s pick: La Vergne 35, Stewarts Creek 26

Smyrna at Antioch

LaDarius Summers may be the biggest surprise of the season in District 7-AAA. His 351 yards on the ground in two games is nearly half (706) of what the Bulldogs gained on the ground in all of 2012.

He should add another 100 yards against the Bears tonight.

Kreager’s pick: Smyrna 28, Antioch 18

Eagleville at Huntland

Eagleville travels to the land of Johnny Majors and where cellular service dies.

The Eagles’ offense shouldn’t hiccup tonight against the Hornets, who have lost four straight to the Eagles.

Kreager’s pick: Eagleville: 28, Huntland 13

MTCS at Mt. Juliet Christian

The Cougars haven’t allowed a point all season. Will that streak continue tonight?

Probably not. But with Justin Winn guiding the offensive attack, the MTCS win streak will go to three games.

Kreager’s pick: MTCS 34, Mt. Juliet Christian 7

Last week: 9-1. Season: 14-2 (.875 winning percentage).

Tom Kreager is prep editor of The Daily News Journal. Contact him at 615-278-5168 or tkreager@dnj.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kreager.

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