Week Two Preview
Josh Patton
PrepTennessee.com Publisher
Posted Sep 1, 2008


The 2008 season keeps rolling along with some top games across the state. Week two will be for many schools the first region game of the season. Find out more about some of the top region games and how they will begin to impact the playoff picture. PrepTennessee.com will start by looking at a few key match ups in Middle Tennessee.

Franklin at Ravenwood

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Last week all eyes were on East Tennessee for a big time match up between Alcoa (Tenn.) and Maryville (Tenn.). This week the focus will shift to the mid state as Franklin (Tenn.) Rebels take on Brentwood-Ravenwood (Tenn.) in a 5A regional battle. The Rebels of Franklin (Tenn.) are coming off of a one point defeat of Chattanooga-McCallie School (Tenn.) hope to continue their winning ways in week two. Franklin (Tenn.) will be led by quarterback Graham Nichols, who was 14 of 21 last week for 205 yards and one touchdown. The Rebels also hope to have a continued ground attack from running backs Alex Ford and Keylo Lee, both backs combined for 254 yards rushing.

Coach Brian Rector and his Brentwood-Ravenwood squad hope to continue their momentum rolling after their 22-21 upset victory over Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy. The Raptors from Brentwood-Ravenwood (Tenn.) were led by quarterback Alex Williams, who went 15 for 23 with 202 yards passing and two touchdowns. The key was the Raptors defense and ability to contain the Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy offense.

This game should be a great start to region competition for these two football programs. Both programs are looking to improve after big time wins against some of the elite talent in D-II private school. Fans should expect an exciting game and atmosphere as these two 5A programs square off this Friday in a key regional match up.

Murfreesboro-Riverdale at Murfreesboro-Blackman

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This match up is one of the early region match ups for two teams that look not only for a spot at the top of the region but also bragging rights in Murfreesboro. The Warriors from Murfreesboro-Riverdale look to continue rolling on the ground this week after a 42-7 win last week over Antioch. The Warriors piled up 499 yards on the ground in the win and only attempted two passes, both of which were completed for 37 yards. Look for their ground game to continue led by running back Aaron Ebalaroza, who ran for 140 yards on ten carries.

On the other sideline fans should look for Murfressboro-Blackman led by linebacker Josh Patton, 6-2, 210 pounds, to be able to compete to slow down the Riverdale ground attack. Offensively for the Blaze from Murfreesboro-Blackman they will look for running back Justin Bowers to have another solid performance this Friday. Bowers ran for 70 yards 15 carries and scored a touchdown. Bowers hopes to have some more big blocks from the Blaze fullback Patton, who rushed for 42 yards on four carries.



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