Kreager: Book it, Oakland will beat Blackman

It was a rough Week 4 as far as picking winners.

Tennessean high school sports coordinator Tom Kreager

Tennessean high school sports coordinator Tom Kreager

How rough? I only picked 69 percent correctly. That comes a week after bragging in the office that my average had climbed to 73 percent. Several helped humble me, pointing out my miscues.

However, things will be different this week.

Lock of the week

Oakland's JaCoby Stevens

Oakland’s JaCoby Stevens

There was a time I couldn’t accurately pick the winner between Oakland and Blackman. It was a running joke in Murfreesboro that whoever I chose in this game, the opposite would win.

In fact at one point some coaches asked me to pick against them.

However, those days are over.

The Patriots, led by LSU recruit JaCoby Stevens and Mississippi State recruit Kaleb Oliver, will get their third straight win over the Blaze.

The pick: Oakland 28, Blackman 10

Best of the rest

Macon County's Seth Carlisle

Macon County’s Seth Carlisle

Perhaps the most intriguing game now in The Tennessean’s top 10 games for Week 5 is Macon County’s Region 5-4A at Maplewood.

Junior quarterback Seth Carlisle leads Macon County (3-1, 0-1). The Tigers are averaging 36.3 points a game. However, Maplewood (3-1, 1-0) is giving up just 14.8 points per contest.

The pick: Maplewood 28, Macon Co. 14

Wildcats rolling

Battle Ground Academy is off to a 4-0 start for the second straight year.

Defense has been a key to the Wildcats’ hot start. Opponents are averaging just 7.8 points a game thus far. But that will be challenged Friday when BGA travels to University School of Jackson.

USJ is averaging 39.8 points a game.

The pick: BGA 35, USJ 28

Battle for No. 1

Brentwood Academy quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall

Brentwood Academy quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall

Chattanooga Baylor (4-0) is ranked No. 1 in Division II in the current Associated Press’ statewide poll. A win over the Red Raiders would give third-ranked Brentwood Academy a valid argument for being the top-ranked program in Division II.

The pick: Brentwood Academy 28, Baylor 24

Best in 3-6A

Franklin coach Donnie Webb

Franklin coach Donnie Webb

It’s been four years since Franklin defeated Ravenwood. That includes a 24-7 defeat in 2015.

However, Donnie Webb’s offense is beginning to fire on all cylinders after scoring 41 points against rival Brentwood a week ago.

The pick: Franklin 27, Ravenwood 17

Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @Kreager.

The rest

MBA over McCallie

Independence over Summit

Hendersonville over Hillsboro

Cane Ridge over Beech

Marshall Co. over Giles Co.

Stratford over White House Heritage

Columbia Academy over Summertown

Nashville Overton over Antioch

Centennial over Clarksville Northeast

Hillwood over Clarksville Northwest

MTCS over Clay Co.

Collinwood over Houston Co.

Forrest over Community

Cookeville over Siegel

DCA over King’s Academy

Brentwood over Dickson Co.

Cascade over Eagleville

Sycamore over East Hickman

Ensworth over Pope John Paul II

Ezell-Harding over Zion Christian

Father Ryan over ECS

FRA over Mt. Juliet Christian

Lincoln Co. over Franklin Co.

Knoxville Webb over Friendship Christian

Gallatin over Glencliff

Trousdale Co. over Gordonsville

East Nashville over Greenbrier

Camden over Harpeth

Station Camp over Hunters Lane

Huntland over Mt. Pleasant

Watertown over Jackson Co.

Kenwood over Montgomery Central

Page over Lawrence Co.

Lipscomb Academy over Creek Wood

Clarksville Academy over McEwen

Franklin Grace over Moore Co.

Mt. Juliet over Lebanon

Nashville Christian over Jo Byrns

Huntingdon over Perry Co.

Pearl-Cohn over Portland

Monterey over Red Boiling Springs

Fayetteville over Richland

Riverdale over Coffee Co.

Clarksville over Rossview

Shelbyville over La Vergne

DeKalb Co. over Smith Co.

Springfield over White House

Cheatham Co. over Stewart Co.

Stewarts Creek over Columbia

Stone Memorial over Livingston Academy

Spring Hill over Tullahoma

Smyrna over Warren Co.

Waverly over Hickman Co.

Wayne Co. over Hollow Rock-Bruceton

Henry Co. over West Creek

Westmoreland over East Robertson

Goodpasture over Whites Creek

Wilson Central over McGavock

Cannon Co. over York Institute

Riverside over Loretto

Lewis Co. over Scotts Hill

Last week: 47-21

Season: 196-77 (.718)

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