Brentwood Academy squares off with Baylor in a Division II-AA semifinal Friday, while Ravenwood travels to Memphis to take on Cordova in a Class 6A quarterfinal.
See below for a closer look at those matchups:
Baylor (8-4) at Brentwood Academy (8-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Brentwood Academy is one step away from getting the opportunity to capture a second straight Division II-AA state title.
Standing in the Eagles’ path are the Baylor Red Raiders, who enter the semifinal showdown on the heels of a 16-12 upset victory over previously-unbeaten Memphis University School.
BA dominated the Red Raiders 35-0 in their matchup on Sept. 16.
Quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall recorded 106 passing yards, 77 rushing yards and four touchdowns (3 run) in that victory.
The Eagles, once again, will lean on the Austin Peay commit against a Baylor defense that’s averaged 13 points allowed per game during its three-game winning streak.
Oatsvall registered 299 passing yards, 49 rushing yards and three touchdowns (1 run) in last week’s 37-29 win over McCallie.
While he shined in the first matchup against Baylor, it was the play of the Eagles’ defense that stood out the most.
The unit gave up only 87 total yards and forced four turnovers.
Safeties Camron Johnson and Evan Beddoe are the defense’s top ballhawks.
Johnson recovered a fumble and had two interceptions, including a pick-six, last week. He enters Friday with four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and four non-offensive touchdowns.
Beddoe has 47 tackles, four interceptions and one defensive touchdown.
BA has a turnover margin of +9.
Ravenwood (7-5) at Cordova (11-1), 7 p.m. Friday
A switch has flipped for the Ravenwood Raptors.
After entering the final week of the regular season with a 4-5 record, the defending Class 6A state champions have won three straight games to secure a quarterfinal bout with Cordova.
The Raptors downed Mt. Juliet for the second time this season with a 38-35 win last week.
Running back Carter Nelson rushed for 190 yards and scored three touchdowns in the victory.
The senior, who started at inside linebacker for most of the regular season, has nine touchdowns over the past three games.
After averaging 20 points per game through the first nine contests, Ravenwood has posted 38 points or more during its win streak.
Cordova allows 12.92 PPG. It hasn’t given up more than 21 points in a game all season.
Ravenwood’s run game should help offset Cordova’s stout pass rush.
Led by defensive tackle and Kentucky commit Quinton Bohanna, the Wolves have registered 45 sacks this year.
Bohanna has accounted for 18 of those sacks, while defensive end Kentrell Torrance has 12 sacks.
Cordova’s offense features multiple weapons at running back and receiver.
Leading the way in the backfield are running backs Harold Lacy (753 rush yds, 15 TDs) and Jeremy Banks (670 rush yds, 13 TDs) and quarterback Devin Coleman (1,728 pass yds, 10 TDs, 4 int).
Coleman’s top targets are receivers Edward Johnson (46 rec., 824 yds, 6 TDs) and Jacolby Hewitt (28/571/6).
Cordova averages 32.9 PPG.