Starting in East Tennessee the Admirals from Knoxville-Farragut hope to bounce back this Friday against region rival Soddy Daisy (Tenn.). Led by Will Jackson, 6-4, 290 offensive guard upfront look for the Admirals to try to bounce back led by a strong running game from junior running back D'Andre Purty, who has rushed for nine touchdowns and 726 yards through eight ball games. The Trojans of Soddy Daisy have been improving each week and will take their 7-1 record into Knoxville to take on the Admirals.
In Middle Tennessee there will be a big battle between two big time region and county rivals in the Commandoes from Hendersonville (Tenn.) and the Green Wave from Gallatin (Tenn.). Last week the Green Wave improved their overall record to 7-1 with a 37-20 victory over Nashville-Hunters Lane. The Green Wave scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to pull away in the fourth quarter led by running back Sanchez Holder, who rushed for 159 yards on 19 carries. This week the Green Wave will face a tough Commandoes squad led by running back CJ Murrell. A win for either team would lead to a clear path for the region title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
One factor that many coaches in Middle Tennessee will watch this Friday night is the weather. With rain predicted to pour most all of Friday many teams that rely on throwing the football may look to alter some game plans. This could play a major impact for senior quarterback Graham Nichols from Franklin (Tenn.) High School. Nichols who threw for 198 yards in last week's win against Northwest-Clarksville (Tenn.) may rely on the ground attack this week against region opponent Dickson County (Tenn.). With the talent backfield combination of juniors Alex Ford and Keylo Lee Franklin may not have to worry about putting the ball in the air much if the weather does not permit.
One of the biggest battles out in the Memphis area will be fought between Evangelical Christian School-Cordova and Memphis (Tenn.) University School. Both teams come into the game having posted a very strong season. For the Eagles they have relied all season on the legs of senior running back Andrew Irvine, who has rushed for 555 yards on 91 total carries. Irvine leads a stable of backs that include sophomore Will Jamison, who has rushed for 271 yards and sophomore David Childers, who has rushed for 226 yards. The only problem is the Owls of Memphis-University School (Tenn.) seem to be on a war path this season. Right now the Owls are the hottest team in Nashville and looking to capture sole ownership of the region championship. Led by the legs of junior quarterback and class of 2010 prospect Barry Brunetti the Owls have marched to an 8-0 record and put up 1348 yards rushing and 1048 yards in the air.
The Wildcats from Oak Ridge (Tenn.) find themselves in a must win situation over one of the top teams in the stat in Chattanooga-Ooltewah (Tenn.). The Owls will head up to Oak Ridge fresh off their 31-3 thrashing of the then number one team in the state Knoxville-Farragut. The Wildcats sitting at a record of 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the region must win at least one of the last two games in order to quality for the playoffs. The Owls from Chattanooga-Ooltewah are led defensively by defensive end Jaques Smith, 6-3, 235 pounds. Look for the Wildcats offense to continue to struggle against Smith and company. PrepTennessee.com nominates that Jacques Smith may be the top prospect in the class of 2010.