A look at the top small school football teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by the USA Today Sports network. Small schools consist of teams from Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A and Division II-A.
1. Stratford (10-0): Memphis commitment Terrell Carter’s role will expand in postseason with loss of quarterback Josh Trueheart to a knee injury. Last week: 1. This week: Friday vs. Cheatham County.
2. Fairview (10-0): Jake Beathard and Hunter Caldwell combined for more than 350 yards in last week’s rout of Harpeth. Last week: 2. This week: vs. East Nashville.
3. Waverly (9-1): The Tigers have given up 14 points or less throughout their six-game win streak. Last week: 3. This week: vs. McKenzie
4. Nashville Christian (8-2): The defending Class 1A state champions held Trousdale County to just 242 total yards en route to a 43-20 win and Region 5-1A title. Last week: 6. This week: vs. Collinwood.
5. Watertown (9-1): Seth Price threw for more than 300 yards in a 49-30 win over Westmoreland to give the Purple Tigers a second-place finish in Region 4-2A. Last week: 5. This week: vs. Boyd-Buchanan.
6. Wayne County (10-0): Preston Rice threw for 308 yards and four TDs in a 37-0 rout of Collinwood for the Wildcats’ second straight perfect regular season. Last week: 7. This week: vs. Middle Tennessee Christian.
7. Forrest (9-1): A chance at an undefeated regular season slipped away against Jackson County, but the Rockets still earned the top seed in Region 4-2A. Last week: 4. This week: vs. Tyner.
8. Goodpasture (8-2): The Cougars’ turnaround from back-to-back winless seasons now features a home playoff game. Last week: 8. This week: vs. Harpeth.
9. Christ Presbyterian Academy (4-6): The Lions ran for 342 yards in a 40-0 rout of Whites Creek. Last week: 10. This week: at Camden.
10. East Nashville (4-6): Five of the Eagles’ six losses have come to playoff teams with the only other defeat coming to Class 5A Hendersonville. Last week: N/R. This week: at Fairview.
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