Game One: Brentwood-Ravenwood Raptors at Brentwood (Tenn.) Bruins
Fans will be able to take in an important county rival match up and of course a region game between two of the toughest teams in 5A. The Raptors have been hit or miss so far this season beginning the season with a loss to Nashville-Goodpasture and a dramatic upset of nationally ranked Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy. The Raptors will have a huge task ahead of them and need a win in order to begin fitting themselves into the playoff picture. The loss of playmaker Bo Gilroy, 6-1, 179 pound receiver will play a huge role in the Raptors remainder of the season.
Brentwood (Tenn.) on the other handled Murfressboro-Blackman in week
three 28-6. The Bruins are sitting atop the region with two wins and no losses and hope to improve against the Raptors this week. Led by defensive end Cole Tischer, 6-5, 225 pounds, who is receiving interest from schools like Auburn, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi, and Vanderbilt, the Bruins look to shut down an injury plagued Raptors offense. The interesting match up to watch for in this game will be the Raptors ability to move the football against a tough defense without Gilroy.
Game Two: Franklin-BGA at Memphis-Briarcrest
This game is going to have two great match ups for fans on both sides to watch. The battle of two quarterbacks with two different styles should provide for some quality entertainment. Chris Campbell, 6-4, 195 pound quarterback from Memphis-Briarcrest should provide some problems for Franklin-Battle Ground Academy’s secondary through the air. Campbell, a Southern Miss commitment, hopes to show off his arm and legs this Friday night. On the other sideline the Wildcats from Franklin-Battle Ground Academy will be able to show off their skill with a big time performance from quarterback 6-1.5, 174 pound Jamal Ramsey. Early in this season Ramsey has put up some big numbers and expects to continue the trend this Friday night. His speed, athleticism and ability to throw on the run make him a dangerous weapon for his team now and his team in the future, Miami (OH).
Another big time match up will be to watch for 6-3, 245 pound defensive end Jamar Neal and 6-5.5, 270 pound offensive tackle, and Georgia commitment, Austin Long. Both of these players have great technique and athleticism off the edge. Neal will be called on to pressure Briarcrest and Campbell and Long will be expected to show his footwork to contain the rush. This match up could be the biggest determining factor in the ball game.
Game Three: Athens-McMinn County at Knoxville-Farragut
One of the hottest juniors in the state has to be junior quarterback Reese Browning. Last week he helped his team win the battle of “How the West was won” over Knoxville-Bearden with two touchdowns and 234 yards passing. The number one ranked Admirals from Knoxville-Farragut look to keep things rolling this week against region rival Athens-McMinn County. Browning and offensive guard Will Jackson look to keep things sharp in the air and on the ground.
The Tribe from Athens-McMinn County looks to get things going with their first region win on the road against the Admirals. The young Tribe team has had a disappointing start with a 1-2 season including an early region loss to Ooltewah (Tenn.). Led by juniors Cy Ables, quarterback and Tevin McDermott, running back. Fans shouldn’t expect this week to be the week the Tribe comes out of their losing streak.