PrepTennessee Fearless Friday

Find out more about some of the top match ups in the second round of the TSSAA playoffs. Learn more about the top teams competing in the Division II TSSAA semi-finals games.

For most teams across the state tonight is only the second of five rounds in the playoffs, but for a few private schools tonight is an important semi-final game. One of the top games for fans to watch will be between the Eagles from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy and the Tigers of Nashville-Ensworth. Fans will be able to watch some of top skill players in the state square off in tonight's game which will determine who will play next weekend for the state championship.

The Eagles will rely on the young combination of junior back Josh Tate and sophomore Victor Caro to lead the way. Tate has piled up 1046 yards and eight touchdowns while his teammate Caro has added 929 yards and ten touchdowns in 2008. For the Tigers of Nashville-Ensworth their one two punch of running back Orleans Darkwa and quarterback Tavarres Jefferson has been too much for virtually every team in the state. For fans this game should go by fast because the ball leaving the ground should be a rare occasion. Darkwa, competing to be one of the top prospects in the state for the class of 2010, has piled on some big numbers in 2008 including 1848 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Tigers become even more dangerous when you factor in their dual threat quarterback. Although Jefferson has done more damage with his legs he still maintains the ability to throw the football down the field including 939 yards and eleven touchdowns. Prediction: This should be one of the best games in the state. The combination of these teams and their running games should provide for a high scoring game. Expect the Tigers from Nashville-Ensworth to have the biggest challenge of their season. Ensworth 28 Brentwood Academy 21

Fans will be able to take in a key battle between the Middle part of the state against the Western part of the state. For years fans have argued that each part of the state is more dominant than the other but with the match up between Memphis-University School and Nashville-Montgomery Bell Academy fans will have an answer after tonight's game, at least for the 2008 season. The Owls of Memphis-University School have been rolling in the 2008 season. An undefeated season through the regular season and an outstanding offensive production has made the Owls one of the most dangerous teams in division II. For the Big Red of Nashville-Montgomery Bell Academy the playoffs have been very friendly. Coach Daniel McGugin is no stranger to big game atmospheres and should feel very confident in tonight's game led by senior quarterback Spencer Wise and senior offensive tackle Wesley Johnson. Prediction: Another top game in the semi-finals should provide for a lot of excitement. The Owls have put together an impressive season by combining a solid passing game with the solid running of junior quarterback Barry Brunetti. The Owls have posted an undefeated season including a win over Mississippi powerhouse Olive Branch (MS). On the other hand the Big Red from Nashville-Montgomery Bell Academy took down Ohio powerhouse Cincinnati-Moeller earlier in the season. This should provide great excitement and could potentially be a high scoring affair. Memphis University School 35 Montgomery Bell Academy 31

In East Tennessee there will be several big time match ups for fans to check out. Here is the rundown of some of the best games and a list of some of the top performers to watch tonight.

Fans should get a chance to see if the Admirals from Knoxville-Farragut can make a run at the TSSAA 5A state championship tonight as they take on region rival Athens-McMinn County. The Admirals will rely on three star offensive lineman and Georgia Tech commitment Will Jackson to open some big holes for junior running back DeAndre Purty. Prediction: Farragut 31 McMinn County 17

Can the Panthers from Knoxville-Powell keep the momentum rolling through the playoffs? Led by senior quarterback Kier Houston the Panthers hope to go on the road and prove they are legitimate against a tough Evensville-Rhea County Eagles squad. The Eagles will look to grind it out on the ground and keep the dangerous Houston on the sidelines Prediction: Rhea County 35 Knoxville Powell 34

After a 68-0 first round thrashing of Cumberland Gap the Tornadoes from Alcoa (Tenn.) should not have many problems from Knoxville-Christian Academy. Led by Mr. Football candidate Tyler Robinson and senior Sam Thompson the Tornadoes are looking to roll through the second round towards their fifth consecutive state championship. Prediction: Alcoa 42 Christian Academy of Knoxville 14

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