GAME PREVIEWS: Fairview Duels Harpeth for League Championship; CPA Hosts Whites Creek

GAME PREVIEWS: Fairview Duels Harpeth for League Championship; CPA Hosts Whites Creek

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Fairview battles Harpeth for the Region 6-3A title Friday, and Christ Presbyterian Academy looks to end its regular season on a high note with a matchup against Whites Creek.

See below for a closer look at both matchups:

Whites Creek (3-6, 1-4) at Christ Presbyterian Academy (3-6, 3-2), 7 p.m. Friday*

Despite a regular season that has not met Christ Presbyterian Academy’s standards, the Lions are going to the playoffs and have a chance to get a win on senior night Friday.

After playing in the Class 3A state championship game the last three years, the Lions have fallen to a 3-6 record, twice the number of losses they had in the last three years combined. With a 3-2 record in Region 5-3A play, though, CPA is heading for the playoffs and can fine-tune some things Friday against Whites Creek.

The Cobras have limped to a 1-4 region record and their defense could be to blame. They are giving up 33.5 points per game this season and 41.6 in region play.

The poor Whites Creek defense could be exactly what the Lions need to jumpstart their offense heading into the playoffs.

CPA is averaging just nine points per game this season and have been shut out three times. Over their last three games, though, the Lions have shown life on the offensive side of the ball, scoring 34 points per game and winning two out of three contests.

Defensively, the Lions are giving up just 14 points per game against Region 5-3A opponents, while in non-region affairs they are allowing opponents to score 40 points per contest.

Harpeth (8-1, 4-1) at Fairview (9-0, 5-0), 7 p.m. Friday*

Through nine games this season, the winner of Region 6-3A hasn’t been decided yet.

A victor will be crowned Friday night at Fairview High School.

Fairview is undefeated and sits atop the region standings. The visiting Harpeth Indians are riding a five-game winning streak after losing to region foe Camden Central 42-14 on Sept. 16.

The game could come down to whose defense can come up with a few key stops.

The Yellowjackets average 37 points per game behind senior running back Jake Beathard and sophomore quarterback Kam Harris-Lusk.

Harpeth’s defense has looked vastly different over the last half of the season. The Indians gave up an average of 31.2 points per game over their first five games, but in the last four they gave up just 33 total points (8.25 per game).

While Fairview may have an advantage when its offense is on the field, Harpeth should feel the same way.

The Indians have scored an average of 34 points per game this season behind senior quarterback Walker Weatherly. He has shown talent with both his arm and his legs this season, throwing for 1,122 yards and rushing for another 451. He’s scored 18 total (13 passing) touchdowns.

The Yellowjackets will counter Harpeth’s offense with a defense that has looked decent this season, giving up just 18 points per game.

While Fairview will be playing for the title in Region 6-3A, it will have a first round playoff game at home no matter Friday’s outcome.

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