Top high school football games for Week 1

Top high school football games for Week 1


Top high school football games for Week 1


Pearl-Cohn quarterback Jimmy Ferrell (1) and running back Ke'Juan Vaughn (6).

Pearl-Cohn quarterback Jimmy Ferrell (1) and running back Ke’Juan Vaughn (6).



When: Saturday, 7 p.m. (at Vanderbilt)

Two of the more storied Metro programs will be on display Saturday at Vanderbilt. Both Hillsboro and Pearl-Cohn are coming off deep postseason runs, and with the amount of talent both squads return, this season could be the same. Hillsboro, which fell to Knoxville West in last year’s Class 5A title game, boasts an extremely physical defense led by safety Malique Fleming and defensive tackle Ben Hutch. However, that unit should be tested by a dynamic Pearl-Cohn offense as the Firebirds, led by quarterback Jimmy Ferrell and wide receiver Rontavius Groves, averaged close to 50 points a season ago. Murphy’s pick:Hillsboro 34, Pearl-Cohn 28.

Page coach Charles Rathbone.

Page coach Charles Rathbone.


When: Friday, 7 p.m.

A pair of standout senior quarterbacks will be on display in this Williamson County non-region matchup as Fairview’s Hunter Zimmerman squares off against Page’s Michael Magochy. Zimmerman, a two-time all-district selection, has thrown for more than 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career. Magochy returns after throwing for 2,043 yards and 13 TDs a season ago. Fairview, ranked eighth in Class 3A, has won four on the last five in the series, including last season’s 17-13 Senior Night victory. Page 27, Fairview 21.

Brentwood coach Ron Crawford

Brentwood coach Ron Crawford


When: Friday, 7 p.m.

They may no longer be in the same district, but these two Williamson County squads are plenty familiar with each other. Ron Crawford begins his second tenure as head coach at Brentwood after guiding the Bruins to a state championship during his first stint. Strong-armed senior quarterback Andrew Bunch and standout wide receiver Nate Johnson lead a high-scoring Independence offense, which averaged close to 35 points a season ago. Brentwood, which has managed just four wins over the past two seasons, will need to find some way to slow the Eagles if they hope to be competitive. Independence 38, Brentwood 21.

Father Ryan head coach Bruce Lussier.

Father Ryan head coach Bruce Lussier.


When: Friday, 7 p.m.

First-year Hillwood coach Kurt Page returns to his former school for this Davidson County public-private matchup. Page, who led the Irish to a state title in 1997, inherits a struggling Hillwood program that has won just one game over the last two seasons. Father Ryan, which looks to rebound from an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, doesn’t have the star power it had a season ago – standout defensive back JoeJuan Williams has transferred – but the Irish return a solid nucleus up front, including 2015 Dandy Dozen selection Jeremy Darvin. Father Ryan 28, Hillwood 10.

Centennial linebacker Tyrel Dodson.

Centennial linebacker Tyrel Dodson.


When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Franklin will be out for redemption as these former District 11-AAA foes meet for the first time as non-league opponents. Franklin’s last three games will have been against its Williamson County rival. The Rebels handed Centennial a 37-34 loss in the last week of the regular season last year before Centennial got its revenge a week later, beating Franklin 28-23 in the opening round of the 6A playoffs. Centennial 24, Franklin 20.

CPA quarterback Zack Weatherly.

CPA quarterback Zack Weatherly.


When: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Defending Class 3A champion CPA heads to Georgia for the Tennessee/Georgia Border Wars Classic. Peachtree Ridge was picked fifth in Class 6A by the Georgia Sports Writers Association in its preseason poll. Leading the way for CPA will be senior quarterback Zack Weatherly. The 2014 All-State selection completed 120 of 185 passes for 1,765 yards and 29 touchdowns while rushing for 521 yards and 10 scores a year ago. Peachtree Ridge 34, CPA 28.

MBA running back Ty Chandler

MBA running back Ty Chandler


When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The reigning Division II-AA champion Big Red return several key pieces from last season’s 11-2 campaign, including Dandy Dozen selection Jordan Wilson and junior running back Ty Chandler, but there are questions at quarterback. Senior Glenn Coleman has huge shoes to fill after the graduation of 2014 Mr. Football Cole Euverard, who accounted for more than 2,600 total yards a season ago. MBA’s defense should also have its hands full as Hewitt-Trussville boasts a pair of Division I commitments in tailback Jarrion Street (Ole Miss) and fullback Bailey McElwain (Stanford). MBA 27, Hewitt-Trussville 23.

White House coach Jeff Porter

White House coach Jeff Porter


When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

A long-time rivalry plays out its latest chapter in this matchup. White House Heritage was the better team last season, finishing 10-2 before losing to Lipscomb in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. White House finished 8-5, losing to Pearl-Cohn in the 4A quarterfinals. White House will look to senior quarterback Steven Rankin for an offensive spark. Rankin earned All-District honors last season, completing 103 of 190 passes for 1,765 yards and 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions. White House 41, White House Heritage 31

Ensworth running back Darius Morehead (left).

Ensworth running back Darius Morehead (left).


When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season’s DII-AA runner-up Ensworth hopes to get its season off on the right foot as it travels to Kentucky. Trinity, the reigning Class 6A champions, should present a tough test for the Tigers. Ensworth will look to senior running back Darius Morehead for the big play. The 2014 All-Midstate selection carried the ball 206 times for 1,534 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014. Trinity 31, Ensworth 10.

Oakland football coach Kevin Creasy

Oakland football coach Kevin Creasy


When: Saturday, 7 p.m. (at MTSU)

First-year Oakland coach Kevin Creasy faces a huge test in his first game as nine-time Alabama champion Hoover makes its way to Murfreesboro for a game at MTSU’s Floyd Stadium. Hoover beat Prattville 35-21 to take home the state championship in 2014. Oakland finished 12-2 a year ago, making it to the Class 6A semifinals where it fell to state power Maryville. Oakland will look for defensive stops behind nose guard Ty Nix, who racked up 87 tackles last year, including 29.5 behind the line of scrimmage with 9.5 sacks.  Hoover 38, Oakland 21.

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Other games (all times CDT)


Jackson Co. at Cannon Co., 7 p.m.

Waverly at Camden, 7 p.m.

Cumberland Co. at Oliver Springs, 6 p.m.

East Robertson at Houston Co., 7 p.m.

Goodpasture at BGA, 7 p.m.

Collinwood at Wilson (Ala.), 7 p.m.

Livingston Acad. At CAK, 6 p.m.

Perry Co. at Riverside, 7 p.m.

Chatt. Howard at DCA, 7 p.m.

East Nashville at Rossview, 7 p.m.

Lewis Co. at Eagleville, 7 p.m.

Glencliff at Whites Creek, 7 p.m.

McGavock at Hendersonville, 7 p.m.

Hickman Co. at East Hickman, 7 p.m.

Mt. Juliet at Gallatin, 7 p.m.

Shelbyville at Lawrence Co., 7 p.m.

Greenbrier at Sprinfield, 7 p.m.

Cane Ridge at Antioch, 7 p.m.

Station Camp at Clarksville, 7 p.m.

Beech at Wilson Central, 7 p.m.

Overton at Stewarts Creek, 7 p.m.

Trousdale Co. at Westmoreland, 7 p.m.

Kenwood at West Creek, 7 p.m.

Franklin Co. at Marshall Co., 7 p.m.

Northeast at Sycamore, 7 p.m.

Smyrna at La Vergne, 7 p.m.

Cookeville at Upperman, 7 p.m.

Forrest at Huntland, 7 p.m.

Melrose at Pope John Paul II, 7 p.m.

Cornersville at Mt. Juliet Christian, 7 p.m.

Moore Co. at Cascade, 7 p.m.

Wayne Co. at Mt. Pleasant, 7 p.m.

Richland at Sale Creek, 7 p.m.

Summertown at Loretto, 7 p.m.

Clay Co. at Jackson Co., 7 p.m.

Gordonsville at Watertown, 7 p.m.

Cheatham Co. at Jo Byrns, 7 p.m.

Ezell-Harding at Middle Tenn. Christian, 7 p.m.

Nashville Christian at Red Boiling Springs, 7 p.m.

Pickett Co. at Clinton, 6 p.m.

Tullahoma at Coffee Co., 7 p.m.

Riverdale at Ooltewah, 6 p.m.

DeKalb Co. at Warren Co., 7 p.m.

Dickson Co. at Creek Wood, 7 p.m.

Liberty Tech at Henry Co., 7 p.m.

Northwest at Hunters Lane, 7 p.m.

Giles Co. at Columbia, 7 p.m.

Summit at Spring Hill, 7 p.m.

Smith Co. at Macon Co., 7 p.m.

Franklin-Simpson at Portland, 7 p.m.

Monterey at White Co., 7:30 p.m.

Fayetteville at FRA, 7:30 p.m.

Clarksville Acad. At Harpeth, 7:30 p.m.

Mont. Central at Stewart Co., 7:30 p.m.


Clay-Chalkville (Ala.) vs. Blackman (at MTSU), 4 p.m.

Brentwood Acad. At Olive Branch (Miss.), 7 p.m.


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