Tennessean: Top Third-Round Playoff Games

the-tennesseanBy Staff Reports for The Tennessean

Class 6A

2 Oakland (11-1) at 1 Blackman (11-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., WUXP, Channel 30

It’s been nearly three months since these two District 7-AAA schools last squared off in a nationally televised contest that Blackman won 28-21. Blackman running back Charlie Davidson led the way in the top-seeded Blaze’s win over Oakland, tallying 135 yards on 17 carries, and the 5-11, 216-pound senior has looked great this postseason, totaling 328 yards and five touchdowns in wins over Cane Ridge and Riverdale. No. 2 Oakland, which has reeled off 11 straight wins since its Week 1 setback, has been getting it done with defense. Oakland allowed its first two playoff opponents — Mt. Juliet and La Vergne — to score a combined seven points. Blackman 17, Oakland 10

6 Centennial (10-2) at 1 Ravenwood (12-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

The last time these two District 11-AAA rivals met, Ravenwood delivered a dominating defense performance, limiting Centennial to just 106 yards in a 24-0, Week 6 win. That defense has continued to impress, and the unbeaten Raptors’ offense, which features a 2,000-yard passer (Cole Brown), a 1,000-yard rusher (Seth Rowland) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Van Jefferson), has been explosive in recent weeks. Centennial is coming off a surprising 24-7 win at No. 2 Hendersonville. Senior running back Deon Sanders ran for 124 yards and a touchdown in the victory, while the Cougars defense limited a prolific Commando ground game to just 144 yards on 29 carries. Ravenwood 31, Centennial 24

Class 5A

2 Shelbyville (9-3) at 1 Hillsboro (12-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 1 seed Hillsboro has been absolutely dominant this postseason, outscoring its first two opponents 96-19. Senior quarterback Michael Hughes was the man in the Burros’ opening-round win, racking up 170 total yards and five touchdowns, while versatile running back Vincent Perry led the charge in last week’s 41-7 victory over Springfield, carrying 10 times for 173 yards and three scores. Quarterback Mason Cunningham has been lights out for No. 2 Shelbyville, tossing seven touchdowns in the last two weeks, including a 298-yard, five-touchdown performance in last week’s 42-41 overtime win over Beech. Hillsboro 35, Shelbyville 21

Class 4A

4 White House (8-4) at 2 Pearl-Cohn (10-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Pearl-Cohn delivered a near-perfect performance in last week’s 63-7 win over Spring Hill. Class AA Mr. Football finalist Ke’Shawn Vaughn ran for 162 yards and four touchdowns, junior quarterback Jimmy Ferrell threw for 211 yards and three scores and the second-seeded Firebirds’ defense limited their opponent to just 52 yards and four first downs. White Hosue running back Trey Hyde has run for 359 yards and four touchdowns this postseason for the fourth-seeded Blue Devils, who are making their fifth straight Class 4A quarterfinal appearance. Pearl-Cohn 42, White House 34

Class 3A

6 Lipscomb Academy (9-3) at 1 CPA (12-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week’s 19-point win over Westmoreland marked unbeaten Christ Presbyterian Academy’s smallest margin of victory since its Week 2 matchup with Hillwood. The visiting Eagles, who kept pace for about three quarters before the top-seeded Lions pulled away, dominated the time of possession battle, and Lipscomb will likely look to do the same this week. The sixth-seeded Mustangs, who are coming off a 20-10 win over White House-Heritage, will also need an excellent defensive effort to match CPA’s balanced offensive attack. Lions quarterback Zack Weatherly tossed three touchdown passes in last week’s win, while running back Jay Hockaday ran for 159 yards and three scores. Christ Presbyterian Academy 44, Lipscomb Academy 27

Class 2A 

3 Trousdale County (9-3) at 1 Marion County (10-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Trousdale County knocked off second-seeded Middle Tennessee Christian last week, putting up a season-high 55 points in the shootout victory. Senior running back Kenyan Harper turned in a career performance for Trousdale County, running for 277 yards and six touchdowns. Harper will likely need another huge night for the Yellow Jackets to keep pace with the top seed. Marion County, led by Class A Mr. Football finalist Blake Zeman, is averaging 44 points, including two 60-point performances. Marion County 28, Trousdale County 27

Class 1A

2 Nashville Christian (11-0) at 1 Columbia Academy (11-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

This matchup between Class 1A unbeatens is a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal, which Nashville Christian won handily. Neither team encountered much resistance en route to perfect 10-0 regular-season finishes, and both sides are coming off lopsided second-round wins. Top-seeded Columbia Academy, led by senior quarterback Jackson Cary, cruised to a 53-35 win over Clarksville Academy, while No. 2 Nashville Christian is coming off its fifth shutout of the season — a 21-0 triumph over third-seeded Wayne County. Nashville Christian hasn’t allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points in the last two months, and Columbia Academy hasn’t been held to less than 28 all season. Nashville Christian 45, Columbia Academy 28

Division II-A

1 E/M Battle Ground Academy (9-2) at 2 W St. George’s (7-4)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Battle Ground Academy, which escaped with a 21-17, second-round win over Donelson Christian Academy, is the only Midstate team still alive in the Division II-A playoff race. This week the Wildcats travel to St. George’s, which is coming off an impressive 27-7 win over Friendship Christian. BGA’s Cole Grosvenor came up huge in last week’s win, throwing the eventual game-winning score — a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ronald Cleveland — before ending DCA’s potential game-winning drive with a fourth-quarter interception. Battle Ground Academy 24, St. George’s 21

Division II-AA

2 W Memphis University School (8-3) at 1 E/M Ensworth (9-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Ensworth faced little resistance from West Region challenger Briarcrest a week ago, outgaining the visiting Saints 418-138 en route to a 42-6 victory. The Tigers, who’ve allowed just 36 points in their last four games, will be looking for a similar result in this week’s semifinal matchup with Memphis University School. The Owls, led by senior running back Colton Neel, are coming off a surprising 30-28 win over Brentwood Academy — MUS lost to BA 31-14 in its season opener — and they haven’t been beaten since their 17-14 loss to Christian Brothers on Oct. 3. Neel has run for 1,184 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Ensworth 31, MUS 27

5 E/M Baylor (8-4) at 2 E/M Montgomery Bell Academy (9-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

A lot has changed since these two schools last squared off on Sept. 5. Montgomery Bell Academy came back strong from its 23-20, Week 3 setback to Baylor, winning six of its final seven regular-season games to secure a second-place finish in the East/Middle Region. Baylor dropped four of its last seven, struggling to a fifth-place finish. MBA has looked unstoppable in recent weeks offensively. Senior quarterback Cole Euverard totaled 268 yards and five touchdowns in the Big Red’s regular-season finale win over McCallie, and, last week, sophomore Ty Chandler torched the Blue Tornado for 181 yards rushing and five scores. The Red Raiders will need an answer for both to have a shot in this one. Montgomery Bell Academy 38, Baylor 21

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