Midstate football Top 10: Large schools

Midstate football Top 10: Large schools


Midstate football Top 10: Large schools


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.

Mt. Juliet coach Trey Perry

Mt. Juliet coach Trey Perry

1. Oakland (9-0) — The Patriots, led by Brendan Matthews’ two-touchdown passing performance, eclipsed the 50-point mark for the fourth time this season in Friday’s rout of Cookeville. Last week: No. 1. This week: Friday vs. Smyrna.

2. MBA (8-1) — After a somewhat sluggish first half  Friday, the Big Red reeled off 21 fourth-quarter points to take down visiting Baylor 31-10. Last week: No. 2. This week: Friday at Ensworth. 

3. Independence (9-0) — The Eagles, winners of 24 in a row, can secure their second straight unbeaten regular season with a win against La Vergne on Friday. Last week: No. 4. This week: Friday vs. La Vergne. 

4. Brentwood Academy (6-2) — Regardless of Friday’s outcome, the defending champion Eagles are destined for a runner-up finish in Division II-AA East/Middle Region. Last week: No. 3. This week: Friday at McCallie. 

5. Cane Ridge (9-0) — The Ravens, who already have clinched a Region 6-5A championship, can secure their first unbeaten regular season in program history with a win Friday. Last week No. 5. This week: Friday at Gallatin. 

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Baylor Bramble participates in team’s senior night
Mt. Juliet knocks off Franklin
Mt. Juliet knocks off Franklin in overtime for a key Region 3-6A win
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Centennial defeated Rossview 28-24 to set up a Region 7-5A title game with Henry County on Friday.
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Hillsboro kept its playoff hopes alive with a 21-17 victory over visiting Gallatin.
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Highlights of Riverdale’s 23-20 win over Smyrna
Pope John Paul II falls to McCallie
McCallie wins 67-35
Red Hawks unable to stop Antwuan Branch
Highlights from Creek Wood’s game against Kenwood, in which the Red Hawks lost 49-27.

6. Pearl-Cohn (8-1) — The Firebirds, led by versatile junior Jimmyrious Parker, have outscored opponents by a combined 350-48 margin during their eight-game winning streak. Last week: No. 7. This week: Friday at Springfield. 

7. Centennial (8-1) — The Cougars, coming off a 28-24 win over Rossview, can secure the Region 7-5A championship with a win Friday at Henry County. Last week: No. 8. This week: Friday at Henry County. 

8. Mt. Juliet (7-2) — A 42-35 overtime win over Franklin put the Golden Bears in position to win their first league title since 2009. Last week: NR. This week: Thursday at McGavock. 

9. Ensworth (6-3) — The Tigers, winners in five of their last six, will be looking to play the role of spoiler in their regular-season finale against Montgomery Bell Academy. Last week: No. 9. This week: Friday vs. MBA. 

10. Blackman (6-3) — The Region 2-6A runner-up Blaze, led by junior running back Master Teague, have won five straight since struggling to a 1-3 start to the season. Last week: No. 10. This week: Friday vs. Warren County.

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-269-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.


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