A look at the top large high school football teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by the USA Today Sports network for Middle Tennessee.
Large schools consist of teams from Class 4A, Class 5A, Class 6A and Division II-AA.
1. Brentwood Academy (1-1): For the second year in a row, the defending Division II-AA champion Eagles fell victim to Trinity (Ky.), suffering a 35-21 loss to the nationally-ranked Shamrocks. Last week: No. 1. This week: Friday at Pope John Paul II.
2. Oakland (2-0): The Patriots, coming off a nationally-televised win over Hillsboro, have outscored their first two opponents by a combined 86-13. Last week: No. 2. This week: Friday at Siegel.
3. Ensworth (1-1): Junior Jaylon King ran for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Tigers’ 20-16 lightning-shortened triumph over Madison Academy (Ala.). Last week: No. 3. This week: Friday at Baylor.
4. Smyrna (2-0): MTSU commitment John Turner completed 8 of 9 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns in last Friday’s 65-20 win over crosstown rival Stewarts Creek. Last week: No. 5. This week: vs. Coffee County.
5. MBA (1-1): The Big Red delivered a huge bounce-back performance last Friday, scoring seven first-half touchdowns in a 49-7, weather-shortened win against visiting Pearl-Cohn. Last week: No. 6. This week: vs. Melrose.
6. Independence (2-0): The defending Class 5A champion Eagles overcame 12 penalties and three turnovers to capture a 31-21 Week 2 win at Centennial. Last week: No. 7. This week: at Lincoln County.
7. Blackman (0-1): The Blaze gave up more than 500 yards and six rushing touchdowns last Friday at McCallie, suffering the program’s worst loss since 2005. Last week: No. 4. This week: Friday at Riverdale.
8. Hendersonville (2-0): Junior Anthony Hughes notched his second consecutive 150-yard rushing performance in the Commandos’ 31-9 Week 2 win against Siegel. Last week: No. 8. This week: Friday at Cane Ridge.
9. Cane Ridge (2-0): The Ravens rushed for nearly 200 yards and four touchdowns in last Thursday’s 27-19 triumph at Mt. Juliet to secure their second consecutive 2-0 start. Last week: No. 9. This week: Friday vs. Hendersonville.
10. Franklin (1-1): The Rebels, coming off a season-opening loss to rival Centennial, controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes in last Friday’s 27-20 win at Riverdale. Last week: NR. This week: Friday at Overton.