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 (5-1) — Eagles quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall accounted for three second-half touchdowns to spark Friday’s come-from-behind win over Ensworth. Last week: No. 1. This week: Friday at MBA.
2. Oakland (6-0) — The Patriots, who boast the stingiest defense in the state (3.3 ppg), have posted three consecutive shutouts. Last week: No. 2. This week: Friday at Haywood.
3. MBA (6-1) — Tennessee commitment Ty Chandler tallied four rushing touchdowns in last week’s 42-27 win at Pope John Paul II, increasing his season total to 25. Last week: No. 3. This week: Friday vs. Brentwood Academy.
4. Independence (6-0) — Eagles quarterback Brandon Hines threw for 299 yards and a season-high four touchdowns in Friday’s 41-17 win over Stewarts Creek. Last week: No. 4. This week: Thursday vs. Shelbyville.
5. Cane Ridge (7-0) — After being slowed in recent weeks, the unbeaten Ravens’ offense got back on track Friday, piling up 47 points in a lopsided win over Hunters Lane. Last week: No. 5. This week: Idle.
6. Franklin (5-1) — The Rebels ran for 252 yards and a season-high five touchdowns in Friday’s 45-7 win over Antioch — Franklin’s fifth in a row. Last week: No. 7. This week: Thursday vs. Wilson Central.
7. Pearl-Cohn (6-1) — The Firebirds all but clinched a Region 5-4A championship with Friday’s dominating 52-7 victory against rival Maplewood. Last week: No. 9. This week: Idle.
8. Centennial (6-1) — The Cougars have strung together five straight wins, including Friday’s 31-7 triumph at Clarksville, since suffering a Week 2 loss to Independence. Last week: No. 10. This week: Idle.
9. Smyrna (5-2) — The Bulldogs suffered their second defeat of the season on Friday, falling to Blackman 27-21 despite outgaining the Blaze 397-260. Last week: No. 5. This week: Idle.
10. Ensworth (4-3) — The Tigers ran for nearly 300 yards against Brentwood Academy but were unable hold on to a 14-7 halftime advantage, eventually suffering a 35-21 defeat. Last week: No. 8. This week: Friday vs. McCallie.