It will be high-octane offense vs. stingy defense Friday night when defending Division II-AA state champion Brentwood Academy hosts Ensworth.
Ensworth’s defense, which hasn’t given up more than 17 points in a game, will be challenged to slow down a BA offense that has scored 35 points or more in all four of its wins.
The Eagles will be hard pressed to reach the 35-point mark on Friday, but they will get close to it. Jeremiah Oatsvall will make sure of that.
The pick: Brentwood Academy 28, Ensworth 17
Playoffs on line
La Vergne had aspirations of a good playoff run in Class 5A — and with good reason. The Wolverines had a pair of Tennessee recruits in the lineup.
But with one Vol commitment — Princeton Fant — out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, La Vergne is on the verge of not making the postseason for the first time since 2013, Tennessee recruit Maleik Gray’s freshman year.
Summit (3-2, 1-1 5-5A) can all but end La Vergne’s playoff hopes with a win at Freedom Field on Friday. La Vergne (1-5, 1-2) already has region losses to Shelbyville and Stewarts Creek and plays top-ranked Independence in Week 11.
It would mark the Spartans’ second straight win over the North Rutherford County program and put Summit in prime position for its first playoff appearance.
The pick: Summit 35, La Vergne 21
Tough stretch ahead
Gallatin and Midstate-leading rusher Jordan Mason are about to face a brutal four-game stretch to finish the regular season. Gallatin (5-1, 3-0 6-5A) ends the season with Beech, Hendersonville, at Hillsboro and finally with Cane Ridge.
Gallatin, which hosts the Buccaneers on Friday, is searching for its first win over Beech since 2011.
The pick: Beech 21, Gallatin 17
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- CPA to go to Division II next school year
- Associated Press’ statewide high school football poll
- Midstate football poll: Large schools
- Midstate football poll: Small schools
- The Tennessean’s top performers from Week 6
Pick’em game of week
Overton and Tennessee recruit Theo Jackson face a hot Mt. Juliet squad — winners of three straight — Friday night. The Bears upset Wilson Central 39-32 in overtime a week ago for the Wildcats’ first loss.
However, Overton also is beginning to peak. The Bobcats have won three straight since a 28-6 loss to Franklin. And Taverius Travis is coming off a 170-yard rushing performance against McGavock.
The pick: Mt. Juliet 24, Overton 21
Best of the rest
The top Midstate contest not in The Tennessean’s top-10 games likely will be in Waverly, where the Tigers face Lewis County (5-1,1-1 5-2A), which is coming off a 36-0 rout of Community.
Montez Bradley’s 205-yard rushing performance on Friday night in a 33-14 win over Cheatham County leads Waverly (5-1, 2-0), which is searching for its third straight win.
The pick: Waverly 24, Lewis County 21
Pearl-Cohn over Maplewood
Watertown over Forrest
Independence over Stewarts Creek
Smyrna over Blackman
MTCS over Gordonsville
Hendersonville over Station Camp
Stratford over CPA
Brentwood over West Creek
Cane Ridge over Hunters Lane
Smith Co. over Cannon Co.
Jackson Co. over Cascade
Centennial over Clarksville
Collinwood over Clarksville Academy
Northeast over Dickson Co.
Lancaster Christian over King’s Academy
Nashville Christian over Clay Co.
Cookeville over Coffee Co.
Franklin Co. over Columbia
Cornersville over Huntland
Hillwood over Creek Wood
East Hamilton over Livingston Academy
Knoxville Webb over DCA
McMinn Co. over White Co.
BGA over Davidson Academy
Sequatchie Co. over DeKalb Co.
East Robertson over Community
FRA over Ezell-Harding
Fairview over Cheatham Co.
Franklin over Antioch
Columbia Academy over Franklin Grace
Friendship Christian over Mt. Juliet Christian
Harpeth over Sycamore
Hickman Co. over Loretto
Hillsboro over Glencliff
Huntingdon over Houston Co.
Kenwood over Northwest
Wilson Central over Lebanon
Shelbyville over Lincoln Co.
Marshall Co. over Lawrence Co.
Hollow Rock-Bruceton over McEwen
Ravenwood over McGavock
Monterey over Pickett Co.
Lipscomb Academy over Montgomery Central
Fayetteville over Moore Co.
Oakland over Warren Co.
Wayne Co. over Perry Co.
MBA over Pope John Paul
Springfield over Portland
Jo Byrns over Red Boiling Springs
Henry Co. over Rossview
Riverdale over Siegel
Giles Co. over Spring Hill
Stewart Co. over East Hickman
Stone Memorial over Chattanooga Central
Summertown over Richland
Page over Tullahoma
York Institute over Upperman
Westmoreland over Eagleville
Macon Co. over White House
Greenbrier over White House Heritage
East Nashville over Whites Creek
Last week: 49-11
Season: 299-100 (.749)
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.
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