Week Two Preview: Middle Tennessee

Find out more about some of the top games across the state featuring some big time prospects.

Game 1: Nashville-David Lipscomb (Tenn.) vs. Franklin- Page (Tenn.)

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The Nashville-Lipscomb Mustangs have a lot to prove this week as they have been named the number one team in 3A. The Mustangs led by Tennessee commitment wide receiver Zach Rogers are poised and ready to defend their state championship. They travel this week down interstate 65 to take on Franklin-Page. Fans can expect to see a big game from Rogers, who had one carry for 81 yards and touchdown last week, looks to continue to pile on the stats this week. He is a big time player with definite homerun threat ability and Coach Jack Daniels of Page will look to have his team ready to contain Rogers.

Last week Franklin-Page (Tenn.) jumped out to an early 28-7 lead at halftime against Franklin-Centennial, but almost faltered in the fourth quarter surrendering 15 points. Coach Daniels and his team will have to jump out the same way this week in order to hang with the high powered Mustang offense from David Lipcsomb. The Patriots led by quarterback Blake Neel, who rushed for 170 yards last week, will look to give the Mustangs a good test on Friday. Neel will need to match his performance from last week in order to help keep possession of the football and keep Rogers and company off the field.

Game 2: Murfreesboro-Siegel (Tenn.) vs. Lebanon-Wilson Central (Tenn.)

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The Murfreesboro-Siegel Stars look to keep things rolling this week after their 2-0 start including a 35-14 over Nashville-Glencliff. This past Friday Murfreesboro-Siegel was led by running back Gerald Howse, who had 12 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Also helping in the win was running back Gary Jackson, who had 11 carries for 102 yards. The Stars will need similar performances this week in order to maintain a strong ground game and possession of the football from the high octane offense at Lebanon-Wilson Central.

Things just keep rolling for the Lebanon-Wilson Central Wildcats, who defeated county rival Mt. Juliet in week one 39-27. The Wildcats hope to be able to continue their winning ways through a steady diet of run and pass. Offensively look for players like JaJuan Brooks, who had 119 yards on four receptions and a touchdown, to continue having big performances. The key to the Wildcats success is to maintain good balance out of the wing T offense and make plays when needed. Another receiver fans should watch for is Arcavius McMurray. He provides the Wildcats with a receiver with the ability to make a big play on the jump ball in the air.


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