Midstate football top 10: Large schools

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Midstate football top 10: Large schools

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A look at the top large high school football teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by the USA Today Sports network for Middle Tennessee.

Brentwood Academy celebrates its double-overtime BlueCross Bowl win over MBA in 2015.

Brentwood Academy celebrates its double-overtime BlueCross Bowl win over MBA in 2015.

Large schools consist of teams from Class 4A, Class 5A, Class 6A and Division II-AA.

1. Brentwood Academy: Tennessean Male Athlete of the year Jeremiah Oatsvall returns to lead offense after winning the school’s first state title since 2007. Last year: 12-1. This week: Friday vs. Olive Branch (Miss.)

2. Oakland: The Patriots, coming off consecutive Class 6A semifinal appearances, feature a pair of SEC commitments in JaCoby Stevens and Kaleb OliverLast year: 12-2. This week: Friday vs. Jackson North Side (at MTSU).

3. Ensworth: The Tigers look to bounce back after suffering through their first sub.-500 season in school history in 2015. Last year: 5-7. This week: Friday vs. Trinity (Ky.).

4. Blackman: Master Teague is the latest in a growing line of talented Blaze running backs. Last year: 10-3. This week: Idle.

5. MBA: Workhorse running back Ty Chandler returns to lead the Big Red, which is coming off its second straight BlueCross Bowl appearance. Last year: 11-2. This week: Friday vs. Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.). 

6. Independence: Reigning 5A champs must replace offensive stars Nate Johnson and Andrew Bunch, but Eagles have plenty of talent returning. Last year: 15-0. This week: Friday vs. Brentwood.

7. Smyrna: John Turner and Casey Perkins return to lead offense after reaching the Class 6A quarterfinals a season ago. Last year: 9-4. This week: Friday vs. La Vergne. 

8. Hendersonville: Commandos, who must replace their top two rushers from 2015, are looking for their fourth straight 10-win season. Last year: 10-2. This week: Friday at McGavock. 

9. Franklin: All-Midstate first-teamer Caden Williams and junior Georgia commitment Max Wray lead an experienced Rebels offensive line. Last year: 8-4. This week: Friday vs. Centennial. 

10. Henry County: Patriots return a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in juniors Caleb McCutcheon and Lukas Reynolds, but defense lacks experience. Last year: 10-3. This week: Friday at Liberty.

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports

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