The Backyard Brawl — the rivalry game between Blackman and Riverdale — has been more of a contest of paper, rock, scissors in recent years in Murfreesboro.
Blackman has won the past five contests, and that includes two wins in 2014. The past four games haven’t been close.
Things, though, should be interesting this year.
Both teams enter their Region 2-6A opener coming off losses.
Blackman’s Master Teague may be the best running back in the ‘Boro this year. He’ll get a chance to show that at Tomahawk Stadium against a defensive line now minus Dre Litaker, who is out for the season with an ACL injury.
The pick: Blackman 28, Riverdale 24
Best of Region 3-6A openers
Franklin opens Region 3-6A at Nick Coutras Stadium in the league’s most intriguing contest. The Rebels’ ground game is averaging 212.5 yards. That will give the Bobcats’ defense fits.
The pick: Franklin 27, Overton 21
Dandy DII-AA game
This could be a potential postseason rematch. Ensworth travels to Chattanooga for its first in-state contest. Baylor has outscored its first two opponents — Rhea County and Red Bank — 82-7.
But this is where the Tigers’ tough early-season schedule pays off.
The pick: Ensworth 21, Baylor 14
It’s tough to say who is the favorite at White House Heritage on Friday night when the Patriots host Christ Presbyterian Academy.
Heritage has won its first two games and shocked Nashville Christian by a point last week. CPA has been outscored 77-7 in losses to a Georgia 6A school and defending Class 4A state champion Knoxville Catholic.
Rest assured Lions fans. CPA will find the end zone Friday.
The pick: CPA 24, Heritage 20
Centennial saw a prolific passing attack a week ago when the Cougars lost to Independence. Dickson County QB Jacob Murphree will give Centennial’s secondary another challenge Friday.
Murphree leads the Midstate through two weeks with 715 passing yards. He’s tossed seven touchdowns with just two interceptions.
Those numbers will slow down this week.
The pick: Centennial 35, Dickson Co. 14
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Hendersonville over Cane Ridge
Page over Spring Hill
Brentwood Academy over Pope John Paul II
Mt. Juliet over Ravenwood
Stratford over East Nashville
Springfield over Maplewood
Friendship Christian over King’s Academy
McCallie over Father Ryan
Smith Co. over Sequatchie Co.
Davidson Academy over Whitwell
Wilson Central over Antioch
BGA over St. Benedict
Brentwood over Rossview
Grundy Co. over Cannon Co.
Watertown over Cascade
Clarksville over West Creek
Zion Christian over Clay Co.
Columbia Academy over Moore Co.
Jackson Co. over Community
Creek Wood over Montgomery Central
DCA over FRA
DeKalb Co. over York Institute
Camden over East Hickman
Eagleville over East Robertson
Ezell-Harding over Gleason
Stewarts Creek over Franklin Co.
Franklin Grace over Cornersville
Gallatin over Hunters Lane
Beech over Glencliff
Greenbrier over Goodpasture
Scotts Hill over Hickman Co.
Kenwood over Hillwood
Houston Co. over McEwen
Huntland over Summertown
Jo Byrns over MTCS
La Vergne over Columbia
Giles Co. over Lawrence Co.
Lewis Co. over Riverside
Independence over Lincoln Co.
Lipscomb Academy over Clarksville Northwest
Pearl-Cohn over Macon Co.
Marshall Co. over Tullahoma
MBA over Melrose
Knoxville Webb over Mt. Juliet Christian
Fayetteville over Mt. Pleasant
Nashville Christian over Monterey
Nolensville over South Gibson
White House over Portland
Pickett Co. over Red Boiling Springs
Summit over Shelbyville
Oakland over Siegel
Smyrna over Coffee Co.
Hillsboro over Station Camp
Fairview over Stewart Co.
Stone Memorial over Hixson
Cheatham Co. over Sycamore
Trousdale Co. over Upperman
Cookeville over Warren Co.
Waverly over Loretto
Wayne Co. over Clarksville Academy
Forrest over Westmoreland
Rhea Co. overWhite Co.
Henry Co. over Clarksville Northeast
Hollow Rock-Bruceton over Perry Co.
Huntingdon over Collinwood
Last week: 48-18
Season: 96-38 (.716)
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