The Tennessean's top high school football games for Week 8

The Tennessean's top high school football games for Week 8

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The Tennessean's top high school football games for Week 8

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Here’s a look at The Tennessean’s top 10 high school football matchups for Week 8. Tennessean high school sports coordinator Tom Kreager is picking the winners this season.

Montgomery Bell Academy running back Ty Chandler (left) and Brentwood Academy quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall (left)

Montgomery Bell Academy running back Ty Chandler (left) and Brentwood Academy quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall (left)

GAME OF THE WEEK

Brentwood Academy (5-1, 3-0 DII-AA E/M)

at Montgomery Bell Academy (6-1, 3-0) 

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

A region title will likely be on the line when these rivals take to the turf Friday at Tommy Owen Stadium. MBA, led by Tennessee commitment Ty Chandler (1,159 yards rushing, 25 TDs), will be looking to avenge last year’s 56-55, double-overtime defeat to the Eagles in the DII-AA state championship game.

The pick: Brentwood Academy 38, MBA 35

Wilson Central quarterback Blake Meadors (left) and Franklin middle linebacker Harrison Brown (right).

Wilson Central quarterback Blake Meadors (left) and Franklin middle linebacker Harrison Brown (right).

Wilson Central (6-1, 3-1 3-6A)

at Franklin (5-1, 3-0)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Wilson Central’s prolific passing attack will square off against a stout Franklin defense in this game between ranked foes. Blake Meadors has thrown for 743 yards and seven touchdowns in his last three games for No. 7 Wildcats. No. 6 Franklin hasn’t allowed a 200-yard passer all season.

The pick: Franklin 17, Wilson Central 14

Independence's Troy Henderson and Landon Guidry (left) and Shelbyville's Cody Martin (right)

Independence’s Troy Henderson and Landon Guidry (left) and Shelbyville’s Cody Martin (right)

Shelbyville (5-1, 2-1 5-5A)

at Independence (6-0, 3-0)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Independence’s Brandon Hines threw for 299 yards and a season-best four touchdown passes in last week’s 41-17 win over Stewarts Creek. Shelbyville, in the midst of a three-game winning streak, is coming off its top defensive performance  — a 46-0 win at Lincoln County.

Stratford running back T.J. Carter (left) and Goodpasture running back Jermaine Mason (right).

Stratford running back T.J. Carter (left) and Goodpasture running back Jermaine Mason (right).

Goodpasture (5-1, 2-0 5-3A)

at Stratford (7-0, 3-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

It’s just the second meeting between the only teams unbeaten in Region 5-3A games, with Stratford claiming a 33-14 victory last season. Stratford has seven wins, three less than the combined total of the five opponents Goodpasture has defeated.

The pick: Stratford 42, Goodpasture 28

Gallatin running back Jordan Mason (left) and Hendersonville running back Anthony Hughes (right)

Gallatin running back Jordan Mason (left) and Hendersonville running back Anthony Hughes (right)

Hendersonville (5-2, 2-2 6-5A)

at Gallatin (5-2, 3-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Workhorse Jordan Mason (1,720 yards rushing, 17 TDs) leads Gallatin. Hendersonville’s wing-T offense consists of a rushing attack featuring multiple backs. The Sumner County rivals have split the last six meetings.

The pick: Gallatin 49, Hendersonville 38

McCallie coach Ralph Potter (left) and Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers (right)

McCallie coach Ralph Potter (left) and Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers (right)

McCallie (5-2, 2-1 DII-AA E/M)

at Ensworth (4-3, 1-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

McCallie, coming off a 42-7 win over rival Baylor, can become just the second school to string together three consecutive wins over Ensworth, which surrendered a season-high 35 points in last week’s 35-21 defeat at Brentwood Academy.

The pick: McCallie 28, Ensworth 27

CPA running back James Deaton (left) and East Nashville linebacker Jacob Phillips (right)

CPA running back James Deaton (left) and East Nashville linebacker Jacob Phillips (right)

CPA (1-5, 1-1 5-3A)

at East Nashville (3-4, 2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

The winner will maintain hope of hosting a playoff game. CPA has won the previous three meetings in convincing fashion. The two defenses combined to allow just seven total points last week. East Nashville linebacker Jacob Phillips has 61 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

The pick: CPA 14, East Nashville 12

Beech running back Alex Vanzant (left) and Station Camp running back Kaemon Dunlap (right)

Beech running back Alex Vanzant (left) and Station Camp running back Kaemon Dunlap (right)

Beech (5-2, 3-1 6-5A)

at Station Camp (3-4, 1-3)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Beech has won the last nine meetings. The Buccaneers will remain in the chase for a region title with a victory, while Station Camp needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. Chaz Williamson has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for Beech.

The pick: Beech 27, Station Camp 14

Cheatham County's Peyton Ownby.

Cheatham County’s Peyton Ownby.

Camden (4-1, 2-0 6-3A)

at Cheatham County (4-3, 2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Camden is riding a four-game win streak but has just one victory over a team with a winning record. Cheatham County is looking to rebound from back-to-back losses, which were at the hands of opponents with a combined record of 12-1.

The pick: Camden 24, Cheatham Co. 21

Father Ryan quarterback Jay Shoop

Father Ryan quarterback Jay Shoop

Father Ryan (3-3) at Spring Hill (4-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Spring Hill’s Dontae Smith notched his second 250-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance in last week’s 56-39 loss to Giles County. Father Ryan, coming off a  bye week, limited MBA to a season-low 21 points in its Week 6 loss to the Big Red.

The pick: Spring Hill 28, Father Ryan 21

OTHER GAMES

Sequatchie Co. over Warren Co.

Mt. Juliet over Antioch

Knoxville Webb over BGA

Cascade over Community

Clarksville over Northeast

Collinwood over Perry Co.

Lincoln Co. over Columbia

Columbia Academy over Richland

Summertown over Cornersville

Creek Wood over Loretto

East Hamilton over Cumberland Co.

Jackson Christian over Davidson Academy

Harpeth over East Hickman

Forrest over East Robertson

Northwest over Friendship Christian

Whites Creek over Greenbrier

Jo Byrns over Clay Co.

Lawrence Co. over Tullahoma

Lipscomb Academy over FRA

Gordonsville over Monterey

Waverly over Montgomery Central

Mt. Pleasant over Franklin Grace

MTCS over Cannon Co.

Ravenwood over Lebanon

Clinton County, Ky. over Red Boiling Springs

Springfield over Kenwood

Summit over Franklin Co.

Fairview over Sycamore

Trousdale Co. over Pickett Co.

Wayne Co. over Houston Co.

Rossview over West Creek

White House Heritage over Westmoreland

Ooltewah over White Co.

Oakland over Haywood

Henry Co. over Dickson Co.

Hollow Rock Bruceton over Clarksville Academy

Huntingdon over McEwen

Blackman over Jackson South Side

Last week: 56-10

Season: 355-110 (.763)

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