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Prep picks: District titles at stake Friday


1:00 AM, Oct. 25, 2012 EDT

DeKalb County (9-0, 5-0) has won each game by at least 19 points. QB Lucas Phillips (2,198 passing yards, 38 TDs) and WR Will Molander (40 catches, 859 yards, 14 TDs) lead an offense that has averaged 47.6 points. The Tigers have held six opponents to seven points or less with three shutouts.

Livingston (8-1, 4-0) features the one-two offensive punch of QB Brock McCoin and RB Creed Hayes. McCoin has thrown for 1,248 yards and 14 TDs, along with 374 rushing yards and six scores. Hayes has rushed for 1,318 yards and 19 TDs. The Wildcats' only loss was a 32-31 decision at White House on Oct. 5, but they've scored 80 points in back-to-back wins since.

Look for DeKalb to go on the road and pull out a nailbiter. DeKalb Co. 35, Livingston Acad. 32.

Antioch (6-3, 4-1) at Cane Ridge (7-2, 5-0): A last-second loss to Overton two weeks ago prevented this from being a showdown for the District 12-AAA outright title, but Antioch can still force a tie for the title with a win. The Bears will be led by junior RB Moses Cornelius (1,483 yards, 16 TDs). QB Sherrod Caruthers (1,548 passing yards, 17 TDs) sets the offensive tone for the Ravens. Cane Ridge 22, Antioch 20.

Moore Co. (9-0, 5-0) at Forrest (6-3, 4-1): To pull off its first 10-0 regular season since 1995 and win the District 9-A crown outright, Moore County will have to beat a Forrest team that is on its own three-game winning streak. QB J.P. Evans has been a run/pass threat for the Raiders, who have won six of their games by 18 points or more. For the Rockets, RB Richie Smith has rushed for 327 yards and 3 TDs over the team's win streak. Moore Co. 27, Forrest 21.

Giles Co. (9-0, 7-0) at Page (6-3, 6-1): Page can still take the top seed from 12-AA, despite last week's 28-27 loss at Marshall County, by knocking off the No. 1 team in Class 4A. Slowing the passing combo of QB Al Cobb (1,816 passing yards, 22 TDs) and WR Kenton Baker (50 catches, 954 yards, 15 TDs) will be a must. So will keeping their own quarterback, junior Zak Mizell (2,058 offensive yards, 14 TDs), healthy after last week's late-game ankle injury. Giles Co. 28, Page 20.

Riverdale (6-3, 2-2) at Oakland (6-3, 2-2): The winner of this 7-AAA game probably locks up a home game to open the Class 6A playoffs after early season injuries kept both from factoring into the league title chase. The quarterbacks -- Riverdale's Dillon Woodruff (1,206 offensive yards, 13 TDs) and Oakland junior Emmanuel Smith (1,014 offensive yards, five TDs) -- will share center stage. It'll be Smith's first game back from an ankle injury in Week 6. Oakland 24, Riverdale 21.

McGavock (4-5, 3-2) at Hillwood (4-5, 2-3): McGavock's slim Class 6A playoff chances could get a boost with a District 12-AAA win. The Raiders' three-game winning streak was snapped with last week's 28-27 loss to Goodpasture, despite a combined 251 passing and rushing yards by QB DeAnthony Patrick. Hillwood, after a 3-2 start, has dropped three of its last four. RB Anthony Johnson (685 rushing yards, eight TDs) has posted three straight 100-yard games. McGavock 27, Hillwood 17.

Hunters Lane (0-9, 0-5) at Glencliff (1-8, 0-5): Hunters Lane has lost its last 25 games. Glencliff advanced to the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs last season, following a 1-9 finish in 2010. The winner will avoid finishing last in District 12-AAA. Glencliff 13, Hunters Lane 6.

Brentwood Acad. (7-2, 5-1) at McCallie (4-4, 3-3): Coming off a nationally televised loss to Ensworth, Brentwood Academy will look to shore up some things, particularly on offense, heading into the Division II-AA playoffs. Re-establishing the running game, with RBs D'Montre Wade (478 yards, four TDs) and Shawn Brashers (220 yards, four TDs), will be high on the to-do list. McCallie, coached by ex-BA Coach Ralph Potter, lost 52-7 to MBA last week. Brentwood Acad. 35, McCallie 17.

Station Camp (4-5, 2-4) at Portland (5-4, 2-4): After snapping a 10-game losing streak against Gallatin with its first win since the 1966 season, Portland looks to solidify its first postseason berth since 2005 with a 9-AAA victory. RB Anthony Lynch (1,110 yards, nine TDs) has rushed for 100-plus yards in five games. Station Camp will need a big night from WR/DB Josh Malone (323 receiving yards, four TDs). Portland 21, Station Camp 14.

Independence (6-3, 3-1) at Ravenwood (2-7, 1-3): Last week's loss at Siegel snapped a five-game winning streak for Independence. Jalen Wade continues to be a force on both sides of the ball for the Eagles, rushing for 933 yards and eight TDs and teaming with Tommy Venuti to form a solid linebacker tandem. Ravenwood, behind QB Avery Jankowski, has won two of its last four games after starting 0-5. Independence 31, Ravenwood 14.

Mt. Juliet (8-1, 5-1) at Wilson Central (8-1, 5-1): This isn't for the 9-AAA title, but finishing second would have its advantages for the winner of this matchup -- notably, an increased likelihood of a home game to open the Class 6A playoffs. Wilson Central, which lost to Beech 17-14 in Week 7, came back to beat Station Camp last week as QB Jordan Roundtree (1,053 yards, 11 TDs) ran and threw for a score. Mt. Juliet has won four straight since losing 27-20 to Beech. RBs Contrez McCathern and Caleb Hopkins have teamed for 1,802 yards and 21 TDs. Mt. Juliet 26, Wilson Central 21.

OTHER GAMES

South Haven over Lighthouse

St. Andrew's-Sewanee over Aaron Acad.

Macon Road over Hendersonville Chr.

Webb over Christian Community

Smith Co. over York

Northeast over Northwest

Clarksville over Kenwood

Cornersville over Richland

Eagleville over Cascade

Fairview over Summit

Beech over Gallatin

Centennial over Hillsboro

Baylor over BGA

Goodpasture over Greenbrier

Trousdale Co. over Red Boiling Springs

MBA over Pope John Paul II

Hendersonville over Lebanon

Westmoreland over Macon Co.

Blackman over La Vergne

Friendship over Monterey

Marshall Co. over East Hickman

Wayne Co. over Perry Co.

Soddy Daisy over Warren Co.

FRA over Mt. Juliet Chr.

Siegel over Smyrna

Huntland over Middle Tenn. Chr.

White House over Sycamore

Lincoln Co. over Shelbyville

Lancaster Chr. over Tri-Cities Chr.

Community over King's Acad.

Watertown over Jackson Co.

East Nashville over Whites Creek

Upperman over Cannon Co.

Lipscomb Acad. over Stratford

Ensworth over Father Ryan

Knox Webb over Davidson Acad.

CPA over Pearl-Cohn

DCA over Zion Chr.

Cookeville over Coffee Co.

Tullahoma over Lawrence Co.

Columbia over Franklin Co.

Collinwood over Columbia Acad.

Lewis Co. over Spring Hill

Mt. Pleasant over Loretto

Gordonsville over Pickett Co.

White Co. over Cumberland Co.

Cheatham Co. over Harpeth

Brentwood over Franklin

Nashville Chr. over Jo Byrns

Camden over Creek Wood

Clarksville Acad. over McEwen

Springfield over West Creek

Henry Co. over Rossview

Houston Co. over East Robertson

Montgomery Central over Stewart Co.

Last week: 45-18, .714.

Season: 495-169, .746.

 

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