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Tonights winner will have a leg up on claiming the outright district title.

Perhaps the most highly-touted player in the state is Buc tailback Jalen Hurd. The speedy junior has run for an incredible 1,890 yards on 166 attempts -- an unreal average of over 11 yards per rush. Hes scored 25 touchdowns and drawn interest from most every major college football program in the NCAA.

The Buccaneers are coming off a tough 28-21 victory over arch-rival Hendersonville last week. Beech, ranked No. 1 in the state Class 5A poll, has averaged 41.4 points per game while surrendering 12.7 per contest.

Wilson Central had a quite a battle with Portland last week as the Wildcats pulled out a 28-24 victory in the final minutes of regulation. WCHS comes in averaging 37 points per game while giving up 16 points per contest.

The Wildcats have benefited from a deep pool of skill players, including fullback Trey Givens, wide receiver Chris Lee, halfback Tim Fitzgerald, wingback Gabe Angel and quarterback Jordan Roundtree.

Friendship Christian at Watertown --Cross-county rivals Friendship Christian and Watertown High will lock horns tonight in a Region 4A showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.

FCS, the defending Class 2A state champion, enters tonights contest 5-1 overall and 4-1 in league play with only a one-score loss at Gordonsville to blemish the record. Friendship, a 31-0 winner over Trousdale County last week, comes in ranked No. 4 in the latest statewide 2A poll.

Watertown rang up a 60-14 halftime lead at Clay County a week ago in a 66-34 victory. Statewide voters have taken notice of the 6-0 Purple Tigers -- moving the local team to No. 10 in this weeks Class 2A poll.

While many observers have pointed to the duel between the quarterbacks, A.J. Long from Friendship and Watertowns Ty Jobe, look for the respective defensive units to have the final say in this longtime rivalry.

Elsewhere in Wilson County tonight --With Mt. Juliet Christian School being idle tonight, two other teams will be in action against district opponents. Mt. Juliet High will put a 5-1 record on the line against 4-3 Station Camp

The Bears are coming off a 42-0 win at Gallatin while SC collected a fourth consecutive victory -- a 41-11 decision at Lebanon High.

Speaking of Lebanon, the winless Blue Devils will play at Portland tonight at 7 p.m. The Panthers much-improved stand 3-4 overall after a tough 28-24 loss at Wilson Central. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 on WANT FM-98.9.

Out of town fans can listen in via the Internet at A live video feed is also available at

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