A look at the top small high-school football teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by the USA Today Sports Network for Middle Tennessee.
Small schools consist of teams from Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A and Division II-A.
1. Stratford (6-0): Behind Memphis commitment T.J. Carter, the Spartans posted their most impressive win Friday, a 28-21 victory over previously-unbeaten Marshall County. Last week: 1. This week: Friday at Christ Presbyterian Academy.
2. Watertown (6-0): For the second consecutive season, the Region 4-2A title should be determined when the Purple Tigers — who are averaging 45.9 points per game — face Forrest on Friday. Last week: 2. This week: Friday at Forrest.
3. Fairview (5-0): The Yellow Jackets face four teams who already have four wins over their final five contests. Last week: 5. This week: Friday vs. Cheatham County.
4. Waverly (5-1): The Tigers have scored 30 points or more four times this season. Last week: 6. This week: Friday vs. Lewis County.
5. Christ Presbyterian Academy (1-4): The Lions have been outscored 161-7 in their four losses, all of which have come to schools in larger classifications. Last week: 3. This week: vs. Stratford.
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6. Nashville Christian (4-2): Coming off their lowest offensive production so far this season, the Eagles should handle Clay County before ending the regular season against three of the top four teams in Region 5-1A. Last week: 4. This week: Friday at Clay County.
7. Wayne County (5-0): The Wildcats’ next two opponents have a combined record of 1-9, but they’ll face McEwen — which is unbeaten as well — in Week 9. Last week: 7. This week: at Perry County
8. Forrest (6-0): The Rockets have outscored their last two opponents by a combined 85-7. Last week: 10. This week: vs. Watertown.
9. Donelson Christian Academy (5-1): Despite piling up more than 400 yards of offense, the Wildcats suffered their first loss last Friday at the hands of one-loss Christian Academy of Knoxville. Last week: 8. This week: Friday at Knox Webb.
10. East Nashville (2-4): The Eagles, who lost to Class 5A Hendersonville last Friday, have faced opponents with a combined record of 26-10 to this point. Last week: 9. This week: Friday at Whites Creek.
Reach Craig Harris at 615-259-8238 and on Twitter @CHTennessean.
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