A look at the top large high school football teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by the USA Today Sports network. Large schools consist of teams from Class 4A, Class 5A, Class 6A and Division II-AA.
1. Oakland (7-0) — The Patriots, who’ve posted a Midstate-leading five shutouts, have limited their past four opponents to a combined six points. Last week: No. 2. This week: Friday at Riverdale.
2. MBA (7-1) — Ty Chandler ran for 341 yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s 31-24 win over rival Brentwood Academy, giving the senior Tennessee commitment 6,416 yards for his career. Last week: No. 3. This week: Idle.
3. Brentwood Academy (5-2) — The Eagles surrendered more than 400 yards against Montgomery Bell Academy, resulting in their first region loss since October 2014. Last week: No. 1. This week: Friday vs. Father Ryan.
4. Independence (7-0) — Junior Troy Henderson scored four touchdowns as the defending Class 5A state champion Eagles stretched their win streak to 22 games with Friday’s 48-20 win over Shelbyville. Last week: No. 4. This week: Friday vs. Columbia.
5. Cane Ridge (7-0) — The unbeaten Ravens have impressed this season, but winning a Region 6-5A title probably will come down to their regular-season finale at Gallatin. Last week No. 5. This week: Friday at Glencliff.
6. Franklin (6-1) — The quarterback duo of Carter Hendry and Wes Patterson combined for 339 yards and five touchdowns in Friday’s win over Wilson Central. Last week: No. 6. This week: Friday at McGavock.
7. Pearl-Cohn (6-1) — The Firebirds, who are averaging 47.8 points in their past five wins, will face teams with a combined 0-15 record over the next two weeks. Last week: No. 7. This week: Friday vs. White House.
8. Centennial (6-1) — Upcoming region matchups with Brentwood and Henry County should be telling for the Cougars and first-year coach Matt Kriesky. Last week: No. 8. This week: Friday vs. Brentwood.
9. Ensworth (5-3) — The Tigers took care of business Friday against McCallie, moving into third place in the Division II-AA East/Middle Region standings with the 42-28 win. Last week: No. 10. This week: Idle.
10. Beech (6-2) — Alex Vanzant notched his third 100-yard rushing performance this season in Friday’s 28-6 win over Station Camp — the Buccaneers’ third in a row. Last week: NR. This week: Idle.
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