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PREP FOOTBALL -- Big games loom tonight

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MJCA Coach Dan Savis

No. 3 Watertown visits No. 5 Forrest
Two of the top teams in Class 2A square off tonight as No. 3 Watertown visits No. 5 Forrest High in Chapel Hill.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at "The Rock" as the two 6-0 squads vie for the undisputed lead in Region 4, 2A.
Forrest smashed Cascade 43-7 a week ago and is a ground-oriented team that averages 192 yards per game rushing.
The Rockets have out-scored their opponents by an average of 26-6 per contest.
The Purple Tigers are coming off a 42-21 home win over Eagleville.
Coach Gavin Webster's team is averaging 47.5 points per game while allowing just 14.5 ppg.
QB Seth Price has already thrown for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns.
His top target is Vonte Bates who has caught 32 passes for 609 yards (19 yards per reception) and eight scores.
Ty Love leads the ground game with 855 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.s.

MJCA plays at Friendship
For years, a meeting between Wilson County's two private school football programs was pretty much ho-hum. Not anymore.
Mt. Juliet Christian brings a 5-1 record into town tonight to take on 2-3 Friendship Christian. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Pirtle Field.
Packing a serious 1-2 punch in the backfield with Austin Collier and Darius Hylick -- the Saints have averaged 32 points per game while allowing right at 21.
MJCA has won three games in a row dating back to a 48-6 home loss to Knox Webb.
Last week, the Saints celebrated homecoming with a 34-20 win over Ezell-Harding.
FCS is coming off a 27-0 victory at Franklin Road Academy.
The Commanders are averaging 23 ppg while allowing 24.8 ppg.
Friendship has won each of the past nine meetings between the two programs -- including a 49-7 victory in 2015 at MJ Christian.

Wilson Central at Lebanon
Angry from a 39-32 overtime loss last week to Mt. Juliet, a focused Wilson Central squad looks to get on track tonight against rival Lebanon High.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tribble Field / Watkins Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.
The Wildcats sport a record of 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 3, 6A following last week's loss.
"Wilson Central has a good-looking team," said Lebanon head coach Sam Harp. "They've got speed and size, they're physical on defense and their kicking game is top-notch."
Quarterback Blake Meadors triggers the WCHS offensive attack.
The senior has completed 77-of-126 passing attempts (61 percent) for 1,104 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
Meadors has become a more adept runner this season, rushing 26 times for 150 yards and three scores.
Lebanon comes in 1-4 (0-2 region) after defeating Portland 35-7 last week -- snapping a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season.
The Blue Devils have struggled on defense this season -- allowing an average of 33 points per game.
LHS junior linebacker Preston Parks put up impressive numbers against Portland -- accounting for 14 tackles, three for loss, and recovered a fumble.
Blue Notes -- A pregame tailgate party is being sponsored by the girls and boys basketball teams and the dance teams.
Tickets are just $5 per person with the meal -- catered by Whitt's BBQ.

Mt. Juliet at Nashville Overton
Fresh off a stirring 39-32 overtime victory at Wilson Central last week, Mt. Juliet returns to Region 3, 6A play tonight at Nashville Overton.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nick Coutras Stadium.
The Golden Bears and the Bobcats enter tonight's contest with identical records of 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the region.
A year ago, Coach Trey Perry's squad nipped Overton 24-21 in Mt. Juliet.
Overton has won three games in a row, including last week's 35-14 victory at McGavock.
University of Tennessee commitment Theo Jackson leads the Bobcat defense at safety while playing in several different spots on offense.
Since a 12-7 loss at Ravenwood back on Sept. 2, Mt. Juliet has also won three in a row.
Golden Bear tailback Aiden Raines enjoyed a breakout game against Wilson Central -- accounting for 271 yards in total offense and three touchdowns.
All told, he averaged 7.7 yards on 35 offensive touches.

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