Predicted order of finish
3. Macon County
6. White House
Antowon Malone, Sr., DE, Pearl-Cohn; Ke’Juan Vaughn, Sr., RB, Pearl-Cohn; Jimmyrious Parker, Jr., WR/KR/PR, Pearl-Cohn; Darius Hunter, Sr., WR, Pearl-Cohn; Dewayne Buckner, Sr., QB, Springfield; Daniel Lawson, Sr., RB-DE, Springfield; Kyler Beerman, Sr., TE-LB, Springfield; Seth Carlisle, Jr., QB, Macon County; Michael Tirjan, Sr., RB, Macon County; Tyler Swindle, Sr., DL, Macon County; Raymond Mitchell, Jr., QB, Maplewood; Bobo Hodges, Soph., Athlete, Maplewood; Bo Hodges, Sr., WR-DB, Maplewood; Deshawn Johnson, Sr., DB, Maplewood; Emmanuel Johnson, Sr., RB-DB, Portland; Austin Hoffman, Sr., OL-DL, White House
Top games to watch
Pearl-Cohn at Springfield (Oct. 28); Macon County at Maplewood (Sept. 16); Macon County at Springfield (Oct. 14); Portland at Macon County (Oct. 28)
Pearl-Cohn is 31-10 over the last three seasons. … Malone was selected as the 5-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player after recording 12 tackles for a loss of yardage and eight sacks as a junior. … Vaughn rushed for 1,253 yards and 18 touchdowns, and Hunter averaged 26.7 yards per reception and scored nine touchdowns, helping the Firebirds to the Class 4A state championship game. … Parker compiled 1,583 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. … Beerman was selected as the region’s top tight end last fall, while Lawson was voted as the top defensive lineman, helping the Yellow Jackets to the program’s furthest postseason advancement since 1997. … Carlisle has rushed for a total of 2,692 yards and passed for 1,875 yards over the last two seasons, combining for 25 touchdowns as a sophomore and being named the 5-4A Most Valuable Quarterback. … Tirjan, who sat out last year after transferring from Red Boiling Springs, rushed for 1,005 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. … Swindle made 81 tackles and had six sacks last fall, earning 5-4A All-Region accolades after being named the District 8-AA Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in 2014. … Deshawn Johnson was the 5-4A Defensive Back of the Year in 2015. … Emmanuel Johnson gained more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and averaged 7.7 yards per carry last season. … White House missed the playoffs for the first time since 1991 last fall.
(2015 record in parenthesis, * denotes region contest)
Macon County (5-5, 1-4): Aug. 19 at Smith County; Aug. 26 vs. Westmoreland; *Sept. 2 vs. Pearl-Cohn; Sept. 9 at Jackson County; *Sept. 16 at Maplewood; Sept. 23 vs. DeKalb County; *Sept. 30 at White House; *Oct. 14 at Springfield; Oct. 21 vs. Meade County (Ky.); *Oct. 28 vs. Portland
Maplewood (3-8, 2-3, reached Class 4A first round): Aug. 19 at Stratford; Aug. 26 vs. East Nashville; *Sept. 2 at Springfield; Sept. 9 at Whites Creek; *Sept. 16 vs. Macon County; Sept. 23 vs. La Vergne; *Sept. 30 at Pearl-Cohn; *Oct. 14 vs. Portland; Oct. 21 at Marshall County; *Oct. 28 at White House
Pearl-Cohn (10-5, 5-0, reached Class 4A championship game): Aug. 20 at Hillsboro; Aug. 26 at Montgomery Bell Academy; *Sept. 2 at Macon County; Sept. 9 vs. Christ Presbyterian Academy; *Sept. 16 at Portland; Sept. 23 vs. Liberty Tech; *Sept. 30 vs. Maplewood; *Oct. 14 vs. White House; Oct. 21 vs. Tullahoma; *Oct. 28 at Springfield
Portland (4-7, 2-3, reached Class 4A first round): Aug. 19 at Franklin-Simpson; Aug. 26 vs. Greenbrier; *Sept. 2 vs. White House; Sept. 9 at White House Heritage; *Sept. 16 vs. Pearl-Cohn; Sept. 23 at Lebanon; *Sept. 30 vs. Springfield; *Oct. 14 at Maplewood; Oct. 21 at Friendship Christian; *Oct. 28 at Macon County
Springfield (9-4, 4-1, reached Class 4A quarterfinals): Aug. 19 at Greenbrier; Aug. 26 vs. Gallatin; *Sept. 2 vs. Maplewood; Sept. 9 at Clarksville; *Sept. 16 vs. White House; Sept. 23 at Beech; *Sept. 30 at Portland; Oct. 7 vs. Kenwood; *Oct. 14 vs. Macon County; *Oct. 28 vs. Pearl-Cohn
White House (4-5, 1-4): Aug. 19 vs. White House Heritage; Aug. 26 vs. Goodpasture; *Sept. 2 at Portland; Sept. 9 vs. Greenbrier; *Sept. 16 at Springfield; Sept. 23 vs. Sycamore; *Sept. 30 vs. Macon County; *Oct. 14 at Pearl-Cohn; Oct. 21 at Page; *Oct. 28 vs. Maplewood
Reach Craig Harris at 615-259-8238 and on Twitter @CHTennessean.