Midstate football Top 10: Large schools

Midstate football Top 10: Large schools

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Midstate football Top 10: Large schools

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Hillsboro blasts Beech to secure playoff spot
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Cane Ridge pulls away from Gallatin
Highlights of Cane Ridge’s 54-28 victory at Gallatin.
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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. Large schools consist of teams from Class 4A, Class 5A, Class 6A and Division II-AA.

Cane Ridge quarterback D.J. Thorpe (left) and running back Jordan Bell (right).

Cane Ridge quarterback D.J. Thorpe (left) and running back Jordan Bell (right).

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1. Oakland (10-0): The Region 2-6A champion Patriots surrendered just 47 points during the entire regular season, allowing just one opponent (Hillsboro) to score in double figures. Last week: No. 1. This week: Friday vs. William Blount.

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2. Independence (10-0): The defending Class 5A state champions wrapped up their second consecutive undefeated regular season with Friday’s 56-19 win over La Vergne. Last week: No. 4. This week: Friday vs. Gallatin. 

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3. MBA (8-2): The Big Red claimed their first DII-AA East/Middle Region title since 2007 despite suffering a 21-20 loss to rival Ensworth on Friday. Last week: No. 2. This week: Idle. 

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4. Brentwood Academy (7-2): Austin Peay commitment Jeremiah Oatsvall threw for 356 yards and scored five touchdowns in the Eagles’ 42-32 win over McCallie. Last week: No. 4. This week: Idle. 

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5. Cane Ridge (10-0): The Region 6-5A champion Ravens, led by second-year coach Eddie Woods, will be looking for their first playoff victory in program history on Friday. Last week: No. 5. This week: Friday vs. Summit. 

6. Pearl-Cohn (9-1): The Firebirds clinched their third league title in four seasons with Friday’s 41-14 win at Region 5-4A foe Springfield. Last week: No. 6. This week: Friday vs. Kenwood.

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7. Centennial (9-1): Senior Zyon Lee rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns in Friday’s Region 7-5A championship-clinching win at Henry County. Last week: No. 7. This week: Friday vs. Bolton. 

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8. Mt. Juliet (8-2): The Region 3-6A champions have strung together seven straight wins since struggling to a 1-2 start. Last week: No. 8. This week: Friday vs. Bartlett. 

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9. Ensworth (7-3): The Tigers, third-place finishers in DII-AA East/Middle Region, held Tennessee commitment Ty Chandler to a season-low 85 yards in Friday’s 21-20 triumph over MBA. Last week: No. 9. This week: Idle. 

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10. Blackman (7-3): Workhorse running back Master Teague has rushed for 1,266 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games for the Region 2-6A runner-up. Last week: No. 10. This week: Friday vs. Jefferson County. 

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

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