Defending 7-AAA champion is 47th in one national ranking, loaded with major college prospects. Opens season Sunday at Blackman on ESPN2.
2013 Class 6A semifinalist listed 86th nationally, features UT commit Jauan Jennings at QB. Opens season at home against Oakland on ESPN2.
Four-time defending DII-AA titlist led by lockdown CBs Donovan Sheffield and Rico McGraw. Opens season Friday at home against Louisville Trinity.
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4. Brentwood Acad.
Last year’s DII-AA semifinalist features RB Shon Lumpkin and an experienced O-line. Opens season Friday at Memphis University School.
Big Red boasts promising offensive trio of QB Cole Euverard, WR Austin Rolfe and RB Ty Chandler. Opens season Friday at Christian Brothers.
6. Henry Co.
Coming off last year’s 5A crown, Patriots — 48-5 since 2011 — are seeking third title in four years. Opens Friday at Liberty Tech.
Dandy Dozen top prospect Kyle Phillips, TSU commit Micheal Hughes pace 12-AAA favorite. Opens Friday at home against Rossview.
8. Giles Co.
Bobcats pursue second straight 4A finals berth behind QB Trevor Holder, WR Lucas Harrison. Opens Friday at home against Lincoln County.
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QBs Zack Weatherly and Jay Hockaday lead Lions’ quest for third straight unbeaten regular season. Opens Friday at Brentwood High.
10. Trousdale Co.
Class 2A champion has Kenyan Harper, its “Mr. Everything,” back on both sides of the ball. Opens Friday at home against Macon County.
— Maurice Patton