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Semifinal Game Picks

It’s semifinal week in Tennessee and we have a loaded slate of games. Maryville and Oakland meet in the semifinals for the eighth consecutive season and we also have an undefeated matchup as McKenzie will travel to Memphis to take on MASE in the 1A semifinals. Let’s get into our staff’s picks and standings. Standings T-1. Cooper Haines 98-47 T-1. Isaac Leedham 98-47 T-1. Carter Mansfield 98-47 4. Hunter DeNote 95-50 5. Isaac Lutrell 90-55 6. Kelsey Crabtree 89-56 7. Braedon Henson 83-62 Game of the Week Maryville (10-3) at Oakland (12-1) Haines: Oakland Leedham: Oakland Mansfield: Oakland DeNote: Oakland Lutrell: Oakland Crabtree: Oakland Henson: Maryville Other Games Knox West (13-0) at Powell (11-2) Haines: Knox West Leedham: Knox West Mansfield: Knox West DeNote: Knox West Lutrell: Powell Crabtree: Knox West Henson: Knox West Anderson County (13-0) at Red Bank (11-2) Haines: Anderson County Leedham: Anderson County Mansfield: Anderson County DeNote: Anderson County Lutrell: Anderson County Crabtree: Anderson County Henson: Anderson County York Institute (9-4) at Tyner Academy (12-1) Haines: Tyner Academy Leedham: Tyner Academy Mansfield: Tyner Academy DeNote: Tyner Academy Lutrell: Tyner Academy Crabtree: Tyner Academy Henson: York Institute Coalfield (12-1) at Clay County (12-1) Haines: Clay County Leedham: Clay County Mansfield: Clay County DeNote: Coalfield Lutrell: Clay County Crabtree: Coalfield Henson: Coalfield Alcoa (12-1) at Giles County (10-3) Haines: Alcoa Leedham: Alcoa Mansfield: Alcoa DeNote: Alcoa Lutrell: Alcoa Crabtree: Alcoa Henson: Alcoa East Nashville (11-2) at Covington (11-2) Haines: East Nashville Leedham: East Nashville Mansfield: East Nashville DeNote: East Nashville Lutrell: East Nashville Crabtree: East Nashville Henson: East Nashville Pearl-Cohn (11-2) at Haywood (13-0) Haines: Haywood Leedham: Pearl-Cohn Mansfield: Haywood DeNote: Haywood Lutrell: Haywood Crabtree: Pearl-Cohn Henson: Pearl-Cohn Page (11-2) at Henry County (11-2) Haines: Page Leedham: Page Mansfield: Henry County DeNote: Page Lutrell: Page Crabtree: Page Henson: Henry County Riverside (11-2) at Huntingdon (11-2) Haines: Riverside Leedham: Riverside Mansfield: Huntingdon DeNote: Huntingdon Lutrell: Huntingdon Crabtree: Henson: Huntingdon Beech (12-1) at Bartlett (11-2) Haines: Bartlett Leedham: Bartlett Mansfield: Beech DeNote: Bartlett Lutrell: Bartlett Crabtree: Bartlett Henson: Beech McKenzie (13-0) at MASE (13-0) Haines: McKenzie Leedham: McKenzie Mansfield: McKenzie DeNote: McKenzie Lutrell: McKenzie Crabtree: MASE Henson: McKenzie Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Gordonsville Upsets South Pittsburg in Second Round of TSSAA Playoffs

The Gordonsville team has had the South Pittsburg monkey on its back for what feels like forever. The Tigers have watched their season come to end at the hands of South Pittsburg for each of the last four seasons coming into Friday night, but that streak was finally ended, as Gordonsville traveled home with a 14-7 victory over the defending 1A state champions. “Being able to come down here and win, it’s huge for our program.” Gordonsville Head Coach Stephen Jackson said. There were fireworks from the beginning, as Gordonsville freshman J Foster returned the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, leaving the South Pittsburg sideline stunned, and giving the Tigers all of the momentum early. This led to a quick defensive stop for Gordonsville, before they drove the ball down and scored again on a 16-yard touchdown run by Bryson Greer to take a 14-0 lead. Greer was the workhorse for the Gordonsville offense, rushing for 88 yards on 15 carries with the touchdown, before exiting in the third quarter due to injury. South Pittsburg responded on a deep pass from Kam Wellington to RaCash Kelly in the second quarter to cut the lead to 14-7, and it was a defensive slugfest from there. Both teams traded huge blows and defense stands all night long. Gordonsville asserted their will in the running game, even with Greer out, as quarterback Matthew Albritton also rushed for 80 of the Tiger’s 202 rushing yards on the night. This allowed the Tigers to have no problem running the clock out and winning their first playoff game against South Pittsburg since 2012 and their first playoff win on the road against the Pirates since 2006. Gordonsville will get a rematch with region foe, Clay County, who beat the Tigers 27-20 in the last game of the regular season for a region title

Round 2 Game Picks

Round 2 of the TSSAA playoffs is upon us, and there is a full slate of matchups between top teams this week. Let’s get into our standings and picls. Standings 1. Carter Mansfield 86-39 T-2. Hunter DeNote 82-43 T-2. Cooper Haines 82-43 T-2. Isaac Leedham 82-43 5. Kelsey Crabtree 79-46 6. Isaac Lutrell 74-51 7. Braedon Henson 71-54 Game of the Week Pope John Paul II (8-3) at Brentwood Academy (8-2) Mansfield: Brentwood Academy DeNote: Brentwood Academy Haines: Brentwood Academy Leedham: Brentwood Academy Crabtree: Brentwood Academy Lutrell: Pope John Paul II Henson: Pope John Paul II Other Games Gordonsville (8-3) at South Pittsburg (9-2) Mansfield: South Pittsburg DeNote: South Pittsburg Haines: Gordonsville Leedham: South Pittsburg Crabtree: South Pittsburg Lutrell: South Pittsburg Henson: Gordonsville East Nashville (9-2) at Waverly (9-1) Mansfield: East Nashville DeNote: East Nashville Haines: East Nashville Leedham: East Nashville Crabtree: Waverly Lutrell: East Nashville Henson: East Nashville Elizabethton (6-4) at Anderson County (11-0) Mansfield: Anderson County DeNote: Anderson County Haines: Anderson County Leedham: Anderson County Crabtree: Anderson County Lutrell: Anderson County Henson: Anderson County Page (9-2) at Mt. Juliet (9-2) Mansfield: Mt. Juliet DeNote: Page Haines: Page Leedham: Page Crabtree: Mt. Juliet Lutrell: Page Henson: Mt. Juliet White County (9-2) at Nolensville (11-0) Mansfield: Nolensville DeNote: Nolensville Haines: Nolensville Leedham: Nolensville Crabtree: White County Lutrell: Nolensville Henson: Nolensville Germantown (9-2) at Houston (9-2) Mansfield: Houston DeNote: Houston Haines: Houston Leedham: Germantown Crabtree: Germantown Lutrell: Germantown Henson: Germantown Brentwood (8-3) at Bartlett (9-2) Mansfield: Bartlett DeNote: Bartlett Haines: Bartlett Leedham: Bartlett Crabtree: Bartlett Lutrell: Bartlett Henson: Brentwood CPA (6-5) at Lausanne (8-1) Mansfield: CPA DeNote: Lausanne Haines: CPA Leedham: Lausanne Crabtree: CPA Lutrell: CPA Henson: CPA McCallie (9-2) at Ensworth (7-3) Mansfield: McCallie DeNote: Ensworth Haines: McCallie Leedham: McCallie Crabtree: Ensworth Lutrell: McCallie Henson: Ensworth

Lexington Rolls Over Greenbrier in First Round of Playoffs

The Lexington Tigers started the season 1-3, though a 6-game winning streak to finish the regular season locked up a Region 6-4A title, along with home playoff advantage. This set up Lexington to host the 4th seed from Region 5, the Greenbrier Bobcats. The Bobcats brought a talented team to Lexington, including Tennessee commitment Nathan Robinson, along with a 5-3 record in district play. The first half was the Isaiah McClaine show. Lexington's feature back rushed for 3 touchdowns in the first half, providing a 19-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Bobcats found a drive, and capitalized with 1:40 left in the half; Greenbrier found the endzone by way of a 5-yard Braxton Laney scramble, though a blocked point after attempt meant the Bobcats trailed by 13, for a score of 19-6 at the half. McClaine found the endzone for the fourth time on Lexington's opening drive of the second half, making the lead 26-6. The Tigers added to their lead late with a 26-yard touchdown pass, hauled in by junior wideout Sitka Huffman. The Tigers held a firm 33-6 lead, though junior Romillo Smith found the endzone on a 5-yard rushing touchdown early in the 4th, making the lead 40-6 along with a running clock, and a first-round victory for the District 6-4A champions. Lexington plays host to the 10-1 Marshall County Tigers, who took a 21-14 lead into halftime against Chester County. The Eagles opened the second half with a field goal, though Marshall County scored 28-unanswered, securing a 49-17 first-round win, and a second-round road trip to Lexington. Thanks to our sponsors!

Playoff Round 1 Game Picks

The TSSAA playoffs are finally here, and there are plenty of great matchups in the first round to kick us off for the postseason. Our guest picker this week is former all-state Bartlett Linebacker, Bryan Whitehead II. He recorded 19 TFLs, and 11.5 sacks in 9 games this season for Pearl River Junior College. Let’s get into our staff’s standings and picks. Standings 1. Carter Mansfield 77-33 2. Hunter DeNote 72-38 3. Cooper Haines 71-39 4. Isaac Leedham 70-40 5. Kelsey Crabtree 68-42 6. Guest Picker 64-46 7. Isaac Lutrell 63-47 8. Braedon Henson 61-49 Game of the Week Centennial (8-2) at Bartlett (8-2) Mansfield: Bartlett DeNote: Bartlett Haines: Bartlett Leedham: Bartlett Crabtree: Bartlett Whitehead: Bartlett Lutrell: Bartlett Henson: Bartlett Other Games Briarcrest (5-5) at Pope John Paul II (7-3) Mansfield: JP2 DeNote: Briarcrest Haines: JP2 Leedham: JP2 Crabtree: JP2 Whitehead: JP2 Lutrell: JP2 Henson: JP2 Bradley Central (7-3) at Science Hill (6-4) Mansfield: Bradley Central DeNote: Bradley Central Haines: Bradley Central Leedham: Bradley Central Crabtree: Science Hill Whitehead: Bradley Central Lutrell: Bradley Central Henson: Science Hill Bearden (6-4) at Dobyns-Bennett (8-2) Mansfield: Dobyns-Bennett DeNote: Bearden Haines: Dobyns-Bennett Leedham: Dobyns-Bennett Crabtree: Dobyns-Bennett Whitehead: Dobyns-Bennett Lutrell: Bearden Henson: Dobyns-Bennett Stewarts Creek (5-5) at Coffee County (8-2) Mansfield: Coffee County DeNote: Stewarts Creek Haines: Coffee County Leedham: Coffee County Crabtree: Coffee County Whitehead: Coffee County Lutrell: Coffee County Henson: Coffee County Riverdale (6-4) at Lebanon (8-2) Mansfield: Riverdale DeNote: Lebanon Haines: Lebanon Leedham: Lebanon Crabtree: Lebanon Whitehead: Lebanon Lutrell: Riverdale Henson: Lebanon Germantown (8-2) at Ravenwood (6-4) Mansfield: Ravenwood DeNote: Ravenwood Haines: Germantown Leedham: Germantown Crabtree: Ravenwood Whitehead: Ravenwood Lutrell: Ravenwood Henson: Germantown Independence (5-5) at Houston (8-2) Mansfield: Houston DeNote: Houston Haines: Houston Leedham: Houston Crabtree: Houston Whitehead: Houston Lutrell: Houston Henson: Independence Collierville (8-2) at Brentwood (7-3) Mansfield: Collierville DeNote: Brentwood Haines: Collierville Leedham: Collierville Crabtree: Brentwood Whitehead: Collierville Lutrell: Brentwood Henson: Brentwood Green Hill (6-4) at Page (8-2) Mansfield: Page DeNote: Page Haines: Page Leedham: Page Crabtree: Page Whitehead: Page Lutrell: Page Henson: Page Franklin County (7-3) at White County (8-2) Mansfield: White County DeNote: White County Haines: Franklin County Leedham: White County Crabtree: White County Whitehead: Franklin County Lutrell: Franklin County Henson: Franklin County Knox Carter (6-4) at Elizabethton (5-4) Mansfield: Elizabethton DeNote: Elizabethton Haines: Elizabethton Leedham: Elizabethton Crabtree: Carter Whitehead: Carter Lutrell: Elizabethton Henson: Elizabethton DeKalb County (6-4) at East Hamilton (7-3) Mansfield: DeKalb County DeNote: East Hamilton Haines: East Hamilton Leedham: East Hamilton Crabtree: East Hamilton Whitehead: East Hamilton Lutrell: East Hamilton Henson: DeKalb County Unicoi County (8-2) at Gatlinburg-Pittman (9-1) Mansfield: Gatlinburg-Pittman DeNote: Gatlinburg-Pittman Haines: Gatlinburg-Pittman Leedham: Gatlinburg-Pittman Crabtree: Gatlinburg-Pittman Whitehead: Gatlinburg-Pittman Lutrell: Gatlinburg-Pittman Henson: Gatlinburg-Pittman Union City (8-2) at Freedom Prep (8-2) Mansfield: Union City DeNote: Freedom Prep Haines: Union City Leedham: Union City Crabtree: Freedom Prep Whitehead: Union City Lutrell: Union City Henson: Freedom Prep

Smith County Knocks Off East Nashville for Region 5-3A Title

Smith County Head Coach Matt Dyer was pure emotion after the Owls took down last year’s 3A state runner up for the Region 5-3A title, in a game that many people expected East Nashville to dominate in. “These guys silenced all the doubters tonight, no one gave them a chance in this game.” Dyer said. “We took it to them for four quarters, that’s what we asked our guys to do and they answered the bell.” This game was a slugfest from the beginning, as the game remained scoreless until the final minute of the first half when Zaccheus Beard punched in a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line to give East Nashville an early 6-0. This set up the play of the night for Smith County and what would become one of the themes for the Owls on the night: response to adversity. Freshman quarterback Kaden Powell made a perfect throw in between two East Nashville defenders from 35 yards out on fourth down to Johnny Lyda, which gave the Owls a 7-6 lead going into halftime, along with all the momentum. Powell showed poise throughout the game for a freshman quarterback on a huge stage for high school football. He finished with 136 total yards and a touchdown on the night. Smith County was quickly faced with adversity again, as Tre’Quan Waters busted off a 72-yard touchdown run that gave East Nashville the lead right back to open the second half. Waters was a thorn in the side of the Owls all night, as he finished with 120 yards rushing. “They are battlers and they don’t quit.” Dyer said. “They don’t play with each other, they play for each other.” Smith County quickly responded with another fourth down touchdown, as Bryce Currie took it in from 14 yards out for what seemed to be the game-tying touchdown. An East Nashville offside penalty motivated the Owls to go for two and Powell found the endzone on a quarterback sneak to give Smith County a 15-14 lead that would stick throughout the fourth quarter. Both of these teams will be major contenders in 3A and this is easily a rematch we could see if the quarterfinals in a few weeks. Smith County improves to 9-1 on the season, and since they are region champions, will host Sycamore (4-6) in the first round of the playoffs. East Nashville will have the second-ranked spot in the region, and will host White House (6-4) in the first round of the playoffs next week.

Week 11 Game Picks

We are in the last week of the regular season here in Week 11, and every game on our list this week will determine a region title. Our guest picker is from East Nashville and current Naval Academy linebacker Tyler Fletcher. 1. Carter Mansfield 71-29 2. Hunter DeNote 65-35 T-3. Cooper Haines 64-36 T-3. Isaac Leedham 64-36 5. Kelsey Crabtree 61-39 6. Guest Picker 60-40 7. Isaac Lutrell 58-42 8. Braedon Henson 54-46 Game of the Week 3A #2 East Nashville (8-1) at 3A #5 Smith County (8-1) Mansfield: East Nashville DeNote: Haines: East Nashville Leedham: East Nashville Crabtree: East Nashville Fletcher: East Nashville Lutrell: East Nashville Henson: Smith County Other Games DII-A #3 MTCS (8-1) at DII-A #1 Friendship Christian (9-0) Mansfield: Friendship Christian DeNote: Haines: Friendship Christian Leedham: Friendship Christian Crabtree: Friendship Christian Fletcher: MTCS Lutrell: Friendship Christian Henson: Friendship Christian 1A #5 Gordonsville (7-2) at 1A #8 Clay County (8-1) Mansfield: Clay County DeNote: Haines: Gordonsville Leedham: Gordonsville Crabtree: Clay County Fletcher: Clay County Lutrell: Clay County Henson: Gordonsville 5A #8 Mt. Juliet (7-2) at 5A #13 Green Hill (6-3) Mansfield: Mt. Juliet DeNote: Haines: Mt. Juliet Leedham: Mt. Juliet Crabtree: Mt. Juliet Fletcher: Green Hill Lutrell: Mt. Juliet Henson: Mt. Juliet 2A #3 Riverside (8-1) at 2A #4 Lewis County (8-1) Mansfield: Riverside DeNote: Haines: Riverside Leedham: Riverside Crabtree: Riverside Fletcher: Lewis County Lutrell: Riverside Henson: Lewis County 3A #6 Fairview (7-2) at 3A #4 Waverly (7-1) Mansfield: Fairview DeNote: Haines: Waverly Leedham: Waverly Crabtree: Waverly Fletcher: Fairview Lutrell: Fairview Henson: Fairview DII-AA #4 Chattanooga Christian (8-1) at DII-AA #2 Knoxville Webb (8-0) Mansfield: Chattanooga Christian DeNote: Haines: Knox Webb Leedham: Chattanooga Christian Crabtree: Knox Webb Fletcher: Knox Webb Lutrell: Chattanooga Christian Henson: Chattanooga Christian DII-A #6 Donelson Christian (6-3) at DII-A #5 Nashville Christian (7-2) Mansfield: Nashville Christian DeNote: Haines: Nashville Christian Leedham: Nashville Christian Crabtree: Nashville Christian Fletcher: DCA Lutrell: DCA Henson: Nashville Christian 3A #10 West Greene (8-1) at 3A #9 Chuckey-Doak (8-1) Mansfield: Chuckey-Doak DeNote: Haines: Chuckey-Doak Leedham: Chuckey-Doak Crabtree: Chuckey-Doak Fletcher: West Greene Lutrell: Chuckey-Doak Henson: Chuckey-Doak DII-AAA #7 MUS (7-2) at DII-AAA #4 Brentwood Academy (7-2) Mansfield: Brentwood Academy DeNote: Haines: Brentwood Academy Leedham: Brentwood Academy Crabtree: MUS Fletcher: Brentwood Academy Lutrell: Brentwood Academy Henson: Brentwood Academy

Week 10 Game Picks

Week 10 is probably the most loaded week of the season so far, including a #1 versus #2 matchup in DII-AAA (Baylor at MBA) and a matchup of #1 teams, as Tyner Academy (2A) will travel to Alcoa (3A). Our guest picker this week is current Vanderbilt and former MBA all-state offensive lineman Grayson Morgan. Let’s get into our staff’s standings and picks. 1. Carter Mansfield 62-28 2. Hunter DeNote 58-32 3. Cooper Haines 56-34 T-4. Kelsey Crabtree 55-35 T-4. Isaac Leedham 55-35 6. Isaac Lutrell 52-38 7. Guest Picker 51-39 8. Braedon Henson 48-42 Game of the Week DII-AAA #2 Baylor (7-1) at DII-AAA #1 MBA (8-0) Mansfield: MBA DeNote: Baylor Haines: MBA Crabtree: Baylor Leedham: MBA Lutrell: MBA Morgan: MBA Henson: MBA Other Games 2A #2 Fairley (8-0) at 2A #10 Freedom Prep (7-1) (Thu.) Mansfield: Fairley DeNote: Fairley Haines: Fairley Crabtree: Freedom Prep Leedham: Fairley Lutrell: Freedom Prep Morgan: Fairley Henson: Fairley DII-AAA #4 Brentwood Academy (6-2) at DII-AAA #5 Ensworth (6-2) (Thu.) Mansfield: Brentwood Academy DeNote: Ensworth Haines: Brentwood Academy Crabtree: Brentwood Academy Leedham: Brentwood Academy Lutrell: Ensworth Morgan: Brentwood Academy Henson: Brentwood Academy 2A #1 Tyner Academy (8-0) at 3A #1 Alcoa (7-1) Mansfield: Alcoa DeNote: Alcoa Haines: Alcoa Crabtree: Alcoa Leedham: Alcoa Lutrell: Alcoa Morgan: Alcoa Henson: Alcoa 6A #10 Maryville (6-2) at 5A #1 Knox West (8-0) Mansfield: Knox West DeNote: Knox West Haines: Knox West Crabtree: Knox West Leedham: Knox West Lutrell: Maryville Morgan: Knox West Henson: Maryville 4A #13 Red Bank (7-1) at 4A #14 East Hamilton (5-3) Mansfield: East Hamilton DeNote: Red Bank Haines: Red Bank Crabtree: Red Bank Leedham: Red Bank Lutrell: East Hamilton Morgan: Red Bank Henson: East Hamilton 6A #8 Collierville (7-1) at 6A #5 Bartlett (6-2) Mansfield: Bartlett DeNote: Bartlett Haines: Bartlett Crabtree: Bartlett Leedham: Bartlett Lutrell: Bartlett Morgan: Bartlett Henson: Collierville 5A #6 Powell (6-2) at DII-AAA #10 Knoxville Catholic (3-4) Mansfield: Knoxville Catholic DeNote: Powell Haines: Knoxville Catholic Crabtree: Powell Leedham: Powell Lutrell: Knoxville Catholic Morgan: Powell Henson: Knoxville Catholic 6A #15 Brentwood (6-2) at 6A #2 Beech (7-1) Mansfield: Beech DeNote: Beech Haines: Beech Crabtree: Brentwood Leedham: Beech Lutrell: Beech Morgan: Beech Henson: Beech DII-AA #1 Lipscomb Academy (8-0) at DII-AA #6 CPA (4-4) Mansfield: Lipscomb Academy DeNote: Lipscomb Academy Haines: Lipscomb Academy Crabtree: Lipscomb Academy Leedham: Lipscomb Academy Lutrell: Lipscomb Academy Morgan: Lipscomb Academy Henson: CPA

Week 9 Game Picks

Week 9 features several different region championships on the line, in what will be one of the most crucial weeks of the season for playoff seeding. Our guest picker this week is former MUS and current LSU Quarterback George Hamsley. After leading the Owls to the state championship game as a junior, Hamsley threw for 2,138 yards and 19 touchdowns as a Senior at MUS. Let’s get into our staff’s standings for the season and the picks for this week. Standings 1. Carter Mansfield 52-28 2. Hunter DeNote 50-30 3. Kelsey Crabtree 49-31 4. Isaac Leedham 48-32 5. Cooper Haines 47-33 6. Isaac Lutrell 46-34 7. Guest Picker 45-35 8. Braedon Henson 39-41 Game of the Week DII-AAA #7 MUS (5-2) at DII-AAA #8 Christian Brothers (4-3) Mansfield: MUS DeNote: Christian Brothers Crabtree: MUS Leedham: Christian Brothers Haines: MUS Lutrell: Christian Brothers Hamsley: MUS Henson: MUS Other Games 3A #11 Sequatchie County (5-2) at 3A #6 Giles County (5-2) Mansfield: Giles County DeNote: Giles County Crabtree: Giles County Leedham: Giles County Haines: Giles County Lutrell: Giles County Hamsley: Sequatchie County Henson: Giles County 6A #9 Farragut (5-2) at 6A #13 Bradley Central (6-1) Mansfield: Farragut DeNote: Bradley Central Crabtree: Bradley Central Leedham: Bradley Central Haines: Farragut Lutrell: Bradley Central Hamsley: Bradley Central Henson: Farragut DII-A #1 Friendship Christian (7-0) at 4A #9 East Hamilton (5-2) Mansfield: Friendship Christian DeNote: Friendship Christian Crabtree: Friendship Christian Leedham: Friendship Christian Haines: Friendship Christian Lutrell: Friendship Christian Hamsley: Friendship Christian Henson: Friendship Christian 2A #13 Meigs County (6-2) at 2A #1 Tyner Academy (7-0) Mansfield: Tyner Academy DeNote: Tyner Academy Crabtree: Meigs County Leedham: Tyner Academy Haines: Tyner Academy Lutrell: Tyner Academy Hamsley: Tyner Academy Henson: Meigs County 2A #8 East Robertson (6-1) at 2A #11 Westmoreland (5-2) Mansfield: East Robertson DeNote: East Robertson Crabtree: East Robertson Leedham: Westmoreland Haines: East Robertson Lutrell: Westmoreland Hamsley: East Robertson Henson: East Robertson 4A #6 DeKalb County (6-1) at 4A #7 Upperman (5-2) Mansfield: Upperman DeNote: Upperman Crabtree: DeKalb County Leedham: Upperman Haines: Upperman Lutrell: Upperman Hamsley: DeKalb County Henson: Upperman 4A #5 Red Bank (7-0) at 1A #2 Fayetteville (7-0) Mansfield: Fayetteville DeNote: Fayetteville Crabtree: Red Bank Leedham: Fayetteville Haines: Red Bank Lutrell: Red Bank Hamsley: Red Bank Henson: Fayetteville 6A #1 Oakland (6-1) at Riverdale (4-3) Mansfield: Oakland DeNote: Oakland Crabtree: Oakland Leedham: Oakland Haines: Oakland Lutrell: Oakland Hamsley Oakland Henson: Oakland DII-AAA #10 Knoxville Catholic (3-3) at DII-AAA #6 (5-2) Pope John Paul II Mansfield: JP2 DeNote: JP2 Crabtree: JP2 Leedham: JP2 Haines: JP2 Lutrell: JP2 Hamsley: JP2 Henson: JP2

MBA Knocks Off Ensworth in Top-3 DII-AAA Battle

Week 8 was a big one for the Nashville area, with a matchup between our DII-AAA #1, the MBA Big Red who went on the road to the #3 Ensworth Tigers. Ensworth struck first with a 53-yard draw, though MBA responded with a drive finished by a 2-yard Johnothan Moore touchdown rush tying the game at 7. Halfway through the second quarter, MBA took a 14-7 lead behind a 7-yard touchdown reception reeled in by Blake Ragsdale. Ensworth ended the first half with a 46-yard field goal, cutting the MBA lead to 14-10. Marcel Reed opened the second half leading MBA to paydirt on a 4-yard keeper, though Ensworth then connected on back-to-back 20+ yard completions, including a 26-yard touchdown, reeled in by Dujuan Sharp III, cutting the deficit to 4 at 21-17. MBA sealed the game with a dominant 4th quarter; A 3-yard rushing touchdown from Brooklen Davis along with a 59-yard Johnothan Moore made the lead 35-17. The Big Red deflated any chance of a comeback with 3-turnovers coming from a fumble recovery, and interceptions from Browning Trainer and Hunter Jeansonne. The now 7-0 MBA Big Red take a week off and host Baylor on October 21st. Ensworth moved to 6-2 on the season and play host to Brentwood Academy next Thursday.

Smyrna Linebacker Arion Carter Discusses Recruitment

All eyes have been on the rising star, 2023 4-star LB Arion Carter, out of Smyrna High School in Smyrna, TN, as he has been the hottest name in the recruiting world, picking up multiple offers since the beginning of the fall season. Since making his decision to commit to Memphis on the 20th of July, he has picked up numerous offers from some of the top schools in the country. On September 17th, he visited Alabama unofficially when they took UL Monroe. "The visit was amazing," he said. “I really like the culture there, and I loved watching them play. The atmosphere was amazing and Coach (Nick) Saban is a really down to earth guy, and he is really intellectual about football.” During his visit, he picked up an offer. The Crimson Tide have produced some very good linebackers throughout the years Nick Saban has been there. Carter left Tuscaloosa impressed from his visit and could see him play for one of the greatest coaches in college football. Shortly after visiting Tuscaloosa, he received an in-state offer from the Volunteers. He decided to take an unofficial visit to Knoxville for their matchup against their bitter rival, the Florida Gators. "The visit was amazing," Carter said. "The atmosphere was phenomenal. Their fanbase is like no other I have seen before. I really like their staff. Coach (Josh) Heupel is a really cool guy, and he is building something there". Despite being on a visit to Knoxville, he did notice a few things about Florida. "The ball movement is what stood out to me," he said. "I really liked the style that their linebackers play. They play fast and physical." Florida has some talent at the linebacker position from the past that has gone to the next level and been successful. It didn't take long for Carter to catch steam, with other top-tier programs offering him. After returning from his visit to Knoxville, he became one of the hottest names in the country. Since his commitment, He has picked up offers from Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Auburn, EKU, Alabama, USC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Oregon, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Louisville, Cal, and Ohio State. "It's a good problem to have," Carter said. "I'm just living the dream that I have always dreamed about. I want to be an orthopedic surgeon after football. I want to be able to impact people and be close to the sport.” With multiple schools coming in to try and flip the 4-star linebacker from his commitment from Memphis, the biggest question remains when does Arion decide on his future? "I am not sure when I will make my decision," Carter said. "I will be signing in December to be an early enrollee to whichever school I commit to. I will talk to my family and put together a leaderboard of my top five schools and take official visits to each of those schools before making my decision. Staying home is not a big factor in my decision, but I want to go to a school where I am wanted.”

Week 8 Game Picks

Things are heating up in region play and this week’s slate is another very good one, including our game of the week between undefeated teams as 5A #2 Page will travel to take on 5A #3 Nolensville in what will most likely be a region championship game. Our guest picker this week is former Nolensville all-state quarterback Ryder Galardi. Let’s get into the standings and picks. 1. Hunter DeNote 46-24 T-2. Isaac Leedham 45-25 T-2. Carter Mansfield 45-25 T-4. Kelsey Crabtree 43-27 T-4. Cooper Haines 43-27 T-6. Guest Picker 40-30 T-6. Isaac Lutrell 40-30 8. Braedon Henson 35-35 Game of the Week 5A #2 Page (7-0) at 5A #3 Nolensville (7-0) DeNote: Page Leedham: Page Mansfield: Nolensville Crabtree: Nolensville Haines: Page Galardi: Nolensville Lutrell: Page Henson: Page Other Games 6A #2 Collierville (7-0) at 6A #8 Houston (5-2) DeNote: Collierville Leedham: Collierville Mansfield: Collierville Crabtree: Collierville Haines: Collierville Galardi: Collierville Lutrell: Houston Henson: Collierville 2A #2 Hampton (6-0) at 3A #8 Gatlinburg-Pittman (5-1) DeNote: Hampton Leedham: Hampton Mansfield: Gatlinburg-Pittman Crabtree: Hampton Haines: Hampton Galardi: Gatlinburg-Pittman Lutrell: Gatlinburg-Pittman Henson: Hampton 6A #3 Ravenwood (5-2) at 6A #15 Centennial (6-1) DeNote: Ravenwood Leedham: Ravenwood Mansfield: Ravenwood Crabtree: Centennial Haines: Ravenwood Galardi: Ravenwood Lutrell: Ravenwood Henson: Ravenwood 2A #7 Westview (5-2) at 2A #4 Huntingdon (6-1) DeNote: Huntingdon Leedham: Huntingdon Mansfield: Westview Crabtree: Huntingdon Haines: Huntingdon Galardi: Huntingdon Lutrell: Huntingdon Henson: Huntingdon 5A #7 Springfield (6-1) at 6A #4 Beech (5-1) DeNote: Beech Leedham: Beech Mansfield: Beech Crabtree: Beech Haines: Beech Galardi: Beech Lutrell: Beech Henson: Beech 4A #6 Marshall County (6-0) at 4A #5 Pearl-Cohn (5-2) DeNote: Pearl-Cohn Leedham: Marshall County Mansfield: Pearl-Cohn Crabtree: Marshall County Haines: Pearl-Cohn Galardi: Pearl-Cohn Lutrell: Pearl-Cohn Henson: Pearl-Cohn 6A #1 Oakland (6-0) at DII-AA #7 CPA (3-4) DeNote: Oakland Leedham: Oakland Mansfield: Oakland Crabtree: CPA Haines: Oakland Galardi: Oakland Lutrell: Oakland Henson: CPA DII-AAA #8 Knoxville Catholic (3-2) at DII-AA #1 Lipscomb Academy (6-0) DeNote: Lipscomb Academy Leedham: Lipscomb Academy Mansfield: Lipscomb Academy Crabtree: Lipscomb Academy Haines: Lipscomb Academy Galardi: Lipscomb Academy Lutrell: Lipscomb Academy Henson: Knox Catholic DII-AAA #1 MBA (7-0) at DII-AAA #3 Ensworth (6-1) DeNote: MBA Leedham: MBA Mansfield: MBA Crabtree: MBA Haines: MBA Galardi: MBA Lutrell: MBA Henson: MBA

Week 7 Game Picks

The Week 7 slate is as loaded as ever, making for what should be one of the best weeks of the season so far. Our guest picker this week is former Baylor and current Austin Peay quarterback Neyland Jean. Jean was a two-year starter at Baylor and was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school. Let’s get into our staff’s standings and picks. 1. Hunter DeNote 39-21 T-2. Isaac Leedham 38-22 T-2. Carter Mansfield 38-22 4. Kelsey Crabtree 37-23 5. Cooper Haines 36-24 6. Guest Picker 35-25 7. Isaac Lutrell 34-26 8. Braedon Henson 32-28 Game of the Week DII-AAA #3 McCallie (4-1) at DII-AAA #2 Baylor (5-0) DeNote: Baylor Leedham: Baylor Mansfield: Baylor Crabtree: Baylor Haines: Baylor Jean: Baylor Lutrell: Baylor Henson: Baylor Other Games 2A #14 Bledsoe County (4-2) at 2A #1 Tyner Academy (6-0) DeNote: Tyner Academy Leedham: Tyner Academy Mansfield: Tyner Academy Crabtree: Bledsoe County Haines: Tyner Academy Jean: Tyner Academy Lutrell: Tyner Academy Henson: Bledsoe County 5A #12 Oak Ridge (3-2) at 5A #8 Powell (4-2) DeNote: Powell Leedham: Powell Mansfield: Powell Crabtree: Powell Haines: Powell Jean: Powell Lutrell: Powell Henson: Oak Ridge 6A #1 Oakland (5-0) at 6A #8 Blackman (5-1) DeNote: Oakland Leedham: Oakland Mansfield: Oakland Crabtree: Oakland Haines: Oakland Jean: Blackman Lutrell: Oakland Henson: Oakland 6A #12 Cane Ridge (5-1) at 6A #10 Smyrna (5-0) DeNote: Smyrna Leedham: Cane Ridge Mansfield: Cane Ridge Crabtree: Smyrna Haines: Cane Ridge Jean: Cane Ridge Lutrell: Smyrna Henson: Smyrna 5A #7 Henry County (4-2) at 5A #3 Springfield (6-0) DeNote: Springfield Leedham: Springfield Mansfield: Henry County Crabtree: Henry County Haines: Henry County Jean: Springfield Lutrell: Henry County Henson: Henry County 6A #7 Germantown (5-1) at 6A #4 Collierville (6-0) DeNote: Collierville Leedham: Germantown Mansfield: Germantown Crabtree: Collierville Haines: Germantown Jean: Germantown Lutrell: Germantown Henson: Germantown 6A #15 Bartlett (4-2) at 6A #3 Houston (5-1) DeNote: Houston Leedham: Houston Mansfield: Houston Crabtree: Houston Haines: Houston Jean: Houston Lutrell: Houston Henson: Houston DII-AAA #1 MBA (6-0) at DII-AAA #5 JP2 (5-1) DeNote: MBA Leedham: MBA Mansfield: MBA Crabtree: MBA Haines: MBA Jean: MBA Lutrell: MBA Henson: JP2 DII-AA #6 Franklin Road Academy (5-1) at DII-AA #5 CPA (3-3) DeNote: FRA Leedham: FRA Mansfield: CPA Crabtree: CPA Haines: CPA Jean: CPA Lutrell: CPA Henson: CPA

Week 6 Game Picks

We are just a little bit past the halfway point of the high school football season, and we have another good slate of games here in Week 6. Our guest picker is former Houston and current Texas State running back Lincoln Pare. Pare won the 6A Mr. Football award in 2019 with the Mustangs, rushing for 2,804 yards as a senior. Let’s get into the standings and the picks. 1. Hunter DeNote 33-17 T-2. Cooper Haines 32-18 T-2. Isaac Leedham 32-18 T-2. Carter Mansfield 32-18 5. Kelsey Crabtree 31-19 6. Guest Picker 30-20 7. Isaac Lutrell 28-22 8. Braedon Henson 25-25 Game of the Week 6A #13 Houston (4-1) at 6A #2 Germantown (5-0) DeNote: Germantown Haines: Germantown Leedham: Germantown Mansfield: Germantown Crabtree: Houston Pare: Houston Lutrell: Germantown Henson: Germantown Other Games DII-A #2 (4-0) Jackson Christian at DII-A #3 USJ (4-1) (Thu.) DeNote: USJ Haines: USJ Leedham: USJ Mansfield: Jackson Christian Crabtree: Jackson Christian Pare: USJ Lutrell: USJ Henson: USJ 5A #1 Knox West (5-0) at 3A #1 Alcoa (5-0) (Thu.) DeNote: Alcoa Haines: Alcoa Leedham: Alcoa Mansfield: Knox West Crabtree: Alcoa Pare: Alcoa Lutrell: Alcoa Henson: Knox West 4A #1 Greeneville (5-0) at 6A #5 Dobyns-Bennett (5-0) DeNote: Greeneville Haines: Dobyns-Bennett Leedham: Greeneville Mansfield: Greeneville Crabtree: Greeneville Pare: Dobyns-Bennett Lutrell: Greeneville Henson: Dobyns-Bennett DII-AAA #1 MBA (5-0) at DII-AAA #4 Brentwood Academy (4-1) DeNote: MBA Haines: MBA Leedham: MBA Mansfield: MBA Crabtree: Brentwood Academy Pare: MBA Lutrell: MBA Henson: Brentwood Academy 5A #2 Page (5-0) at 3A #4 Giles County (4-1) DeNote: Page Haines: Page Leedham: Page Mansfield: Page Crabtree: Page Pare: Giles County Lutrell: Giles County Henson: Page 1A #3 Coalfield (5-0) at 1A #8 Gordonsville (3-2) DeNote: Coalfield Haines: Coalfield Leedham: Coalfield Mansfield: Coalfield Crabtree: Coalfield Pare: Coalfield Lutrell: Gordonsville Henson: Gordonsville 5A #3 Green Hill (4-1) at 5A #12 White County (4-1) DeNote: White County Haines: Green Hill Leedham: White County Mansfield: White County Crabtree: White County Pare: Green Hill Lutrell: White County Henson: White County 3A #2 East Nashville (5-0) at 6A #11 (3-2) Independence DeNote: East Nashville Haines: East Nashville Leedham: East Nashville Mansfield: East Nashville Crabtree: East Nashville Pare: Independence Lutrell: East Nashville Henson: Independence 6A #14 Rockvale (4-1) at 5A #5 Nolensville (5-0) DeNote: Nolensville Haines: Nolensville Leedham: Nolensville Mansfield: Nolensville Crabtree: Nolensville Pare: Nolensville Lutrell: Nolensville Henson: Nolensville

Week 5 Game Picks

Week 5 of the high school football season is upon us and the slate is loaded with region games between ranked teams that will have a major impact on seeding when the playoffs come around. Our guest picker this week is former Brentwood and current Vanderbilt defensive back John Howse. Howse was an all-state performer for the Bruins and was a key piece for the Brentwood state title game run in 2020. Let’s get into the standings and the picks. T-1. Hunter DeNote 24-16 T-1. Carter Mansfield 24-16 T-3. Isaac Leedham 23-17 T-3. Isaac Lutrell 23-17 T-3. Guest Picker 23-17 T-6. Kelsey Crabtree 22-18 T-6. Cooper Haines 22-18 8. Braedon Henson 21-19 Game of the Week Brentwood (3-1) at 6A #8 Ravenwood (2-2) DeNote: Ravenwood Mansfield: Ravenwood Leedham: Ravenwood Lutrell: Brentwood Howse: Brentwood Crabtree: Ravenwood Haines: Ravenwood Henson: Brentwood Other Games DII-AAA #2 Baylor (3-0) at DII-AAA #4 Pope John Paul II (4-0) DeNote: Baylor Mansfield: Baylor Leedham: JP2 Lutrell: JP2 Howse: Baylor Crabtree: Baylor Haines: Baylor Henson: JP2 DII-AA #10 CAK (2-2) at DII-AA #2 Knox Webb (4-0) DeNote: Knox Webb Mansfield: Knox Webb Leedham: Knox Webb Lutrell: Knox Webb Howse: Knox Webb Crabtree: Knox Webb Haines: Knox Webb Henson: Knox Webb 1A #12 Oakdale (4-0) at 1A #3 Coalfield (4-0) DeNote: Coalfield Mansfield: Coalfield Leedham: Coalfield Lutrell: Coalfield Howse: Coalfield Crabtree: Coalfield Haines: Coalfield Henson: Oakdale 5A #1 Knox West (4-0) at 5A #11 Sevier County (4-0) DeNote: Knox West Mansfield: Knox West Leedham: Knox West Lutrell: Knox West Howse: Knox West Crabtree: Knox West Haines: Knox West Henson: Knox West 1A #11 Moore County (4-0) at 1A #2 Fayetteville (4-0) DeNote: Fayetteville Mansfield: Fayetteville Leedham: Fayetteville Lutrell: Fayetteville Howse: Fayetteville Crabtree: Fayetteville Haines: Fayetteville Henson: Moore County 5A #10 White County (4-0) at 5A #7 Mt. Juliet (2-1) DeNote: Mt. Juliet Mansfield: White County Leedham: Mt. Juliet Lutrell: White County Howse: Mt. Juliet Crabtree: Mt. Juliet Haines: Mt. Juliet Henson: Mt. Juliet 5A #9 Powell (2-2) at 5A #15 Clinton (3-1) DeNote: Powell Mansfield: Powell Leedham: Powell Lutrell: Clinton Howse: Clinton Crabtree: Powell Haines: Powell Henson: Clinton 4A #3 Haywood (3-0) at 4A #7 Milan (4-0) DeNote: Haywood Mansfield: Haywood Leedham: Haywood Lutrell: Milan Howse: Milan Crabtree: Milan Haines: Haywood Henson: Milan DII-AAA #9 Christian Brothers (2-2) at DII-AAA #8 (2-2) Briarcrest DeNote: Briarcrest Mansfield: Briarcrest Leedham: Christian Brothers Lutrell: Christian Brothers Howse: Christian Brothers Crabtree: Christian Brothers Haines: Christian Brothers Henson: Christian Brothers
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