The Tennessean's top high school football games: Round 1

The Tennessean's top high school football games: Round 1

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The Tennessean's top high school football games: Round 1

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With the high school football postseason beginning, here’s a look at The Tennessean’s top 10 matchups for the opening week of the playoffs. Tennessean high school sports coordinator Tom Kreager is picking the winners.

Cane Ridge kicker Carlos Velasquez (31) is lifted onto the shoulders of his teammates after he kicked the game-winning extra point in OT. Cane Ridge kicker Carlos Velasquez, 31, is lifted onto the shoulders of his teammates after he kicked the game winner to top Hendersonville 47-46 in overtime on Friday, September 2, 2016.

Cane Ridge kicker Carlos Velasquez (31) is lifted onto the shoulders of his teammates after he kicked the game-winning extra point in OT. Cane Ridge kicker Carlos Velasquez, 31, is lifted onto the shoulders of his teammates after he kicked the game winner to top Hendersonville 47-46 in overtime on Friday, September 2, 2016.

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GAME OF THE WEEK

Summit (7-3) at Cane Ridge (10-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Region 6-5A champion Cane Ridge will be on upset alert with 5-5A fourth seed Summit. The Ravens, led by  D.J. Thorpe (1,722 yards passing), are looking for their first playoff win in the program’s eight-year history. Running back Tai Carter and the Spartans are making their first postseason appearance in their sixth season.

The pick: Cane Ridge 27, Summit 21

Riverdale's Marqwell Odom (1)

Riverdale’s Marqwell Odom (1)

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Bearden (3-7) at Riverdale (5-5) 

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Riverdale, led by first-year coach Will Kriesky, suffered a major letdown in its regular-season finale, losing  39-22  at Cookeville. The Warriors, third-place finishers in Region 2-6A, will need a better effort to avoid a first-round loss to Bearden, which is the sixth seed in Region 1-6A.

The pick: Riverdale 28, Bearden 14

Gallatin running back Jordan Mason (left) and Independence running back Troy Henderson (right)

Gallatin running back Jordan Mason (left) and Independence running back Troy Henderson (right)

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Gallatin (6-4) at Independence (10-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Independence hasn’t lost a home game in since October 2014, but this won’t be a gimme for the defending Class 5A champion Eagles, especially if Gallatin running back Jordan Mason is healthy. Mason, who has eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark, carried the ball just 13 times a week ago before leaving with an ankle injury. He is expected to play.

The pick: Independence 35, Gallatin 21

Beech quarterback Nelson Smith (left) and Shelbyville wide receiver Darius Young (right)

Beech quarterback Nelson Smith (left) and Shelbyville wide receiver Darius Young (right)

Beech (7-3) at Shelbyville (8-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Running back Jamal Harden has enjoyed a stellar season for Shelbyville, which secured a second-place finish in Region 5-5A. Beech is coming off its worst defeat of the season — a 35-12 loss at Hillsboro.

The pick: Beech 42, Shelbyville 28

Macon County quarterback Seth Carlisle (left) and Clarksville Northwest linebacker Jaylen Jackson (right)

Macon County quarterback Seth Carlisle (left) and Clarksville Northwest linebacker Jaylen Jackson (right)

Macon Co. (8-2) at Northwest (6-4)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Region 6-4A runner-up Northwest, led by linebacker Jaylen Jackson, will look to slow a powerful Macon County rushing attack. Quarterback Seth Carlisle and running back Michael Tirjan have combined to rush for 2,723 yards and 35 touchdowns for Macon County, which has won five in a row.

The pick: Macon Co. 20, Northwest 10

Springfield quarterback Dewayne Buckner (left) and Lipscomb defensive back William Phillips (right)

Springfield quarterback Dewayne Buckner (left) and Lipscomb defensive back William Phillips (right)

Springfield (5-5) at Lipscomb Academy (7-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Springfield finished the regular season with consecutive losses, where they managed just 23 points. The Yellow Jackets will look to get back on track against a Lipscomb defense that is led by Oregon commitment Rutger Reitmaier (18.5 tackles for loss) and defensive back William Phillips (six interceptions).

The pick: Lipscomb Academy 17, Springfield 14

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Harpeth quarterback Walker Weatherly (left) and Goodpasture running back Jermaine Mason (right)

Harpeth quarterback Walker Weatherly (left) and Goodpasture running back Jermaine Mason (right)

Harpeth (8-2) at Goodpasture (8-2)

When: Friday 7 p.m.

Region 5-3A runner-up Goodpasture, led by Jermaine Mason (1,744 all-purpose yards, 18 total TDs), is riding high heading into its first playoff appearance since 2013. Harpeth was routed in its regular-season finale, surrendering a season-high eight touchdowns in a 56-11 loss to unbeaten Fairview.

The pick: Goodpasture 27, Harpeth 14

East Nashville linebacker Jacob Phillips (left) and Fairview running back Jake Beathard (right).

East Nashville linebacker Jacob Phillips (left) and Fairview running back Jake Beathard (right).

East Nashville (4-6) at Fairview (10-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Fairview, led by running back Jake Beathard (1,074 yards rushing, 17 TDs), is 10-0 for the first time since 1990, but the 6-3A champions would be smart not to overlook East Nashville. Linebacker and Oklahoma commitment Jacob Phillips won’t make things easy on Fairview’s offense.

The pick: East Nashville 21, Fairview 20

Trousdale County (8-2) at Huntingdon (7-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Quarterback Keyvont Baines, will be looking to avenge Trousdale County’s 39-0 firs-round loss from a year ago to Huntingdon. However, the Yellow Jackets will need better offensive production than they had a week ago, when they turned the ball over three times in a 43-20 loss to Nashville Christian.

The pick: Trousdale Co. 20, Huntingdon 14

Baylor defensive back Brendon Harris (left) and Pope John Paul II running back Jamaal Thompson (right).

Baylor defensive back Brendon Harris (left) and Pope John Paul II running back Jamaal Thompson (right).

Baylor (6-4) at Pope John Paul II (6-4)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Pope John Paul II has exceeded expectations, reaching the six-win mark for the first time in nearly a decade. The Knights, led by dual-threat quarterback Ben Brooks, will be gunning for the program’s first playoff victory. Baylor is looking to avenge a 21-19 Week 9 loss to JPII.

The pick: Baylor 28, Pope John Paul II 24

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports .

The rest

Fayetteville over Copper Basin

Summertown over Whitwell

Columbia Academy over Chattanooga Grace

Nashville Christian over Collinwood

Gordonsville over Hollow-Rock Bruceton

Wayne Co. over MTCS

Marion Co. over Westmoreland

Watertown over Boyd-Buchanan

Meigs Co. over Jackson Co.

Forrest over Tyner

Waverly over McKenzie

Lewis Co. over Trinity Christian

Red Bank over Upperman

DeKalb Co. over East Ridge

Notre Dame over Smith Co.

Stratford over Cheatham Co.

CPA over Camden

Page over Chattanooga Central

Giles Co. over Hixson

Marshall Co. over East Hamilton

Pearl-Cohn over Kenwood

Maplewood over Hillwood

Hilsboro over Stewarts Creek

Centennial over Bolton

Henry Co. over Brighton

Brentwood over Kirby

Memphis Central over Rossview

Maryville over Coffee Co.

Smyrna over Dobyns-Bennett

Bradley Central over Cookeville

Blackman over Jefferson Co.

Hardin Valley over Warren Co.

Science Hill over Siegel

Oakland over William Blount

Mt. Juliet over Bartlett

Ravenwood over Houston

Wilson Central over Collierville

Cordova over McGavock

Franklin over Germantown

White Station over Antioch

Overton over Arlington

Whitehaven over Lebanon

Knoxville Webb over Ezell-Harding

Harding Academy over FRA

Davidson Academy over FACS

Fayette Academy over DCA

USJ over Friendship Chr.

BGA over King’s Academy

McCallie over Father Ryan

Last week: 60-5

Season: 543-149 (.785)

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