By SAM McGAW
The struggling Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions and Franklin Road Academy Panthers look to turn around their dismal seasons Friday, while Fairview aims to keep its undefeated record intact.
See below for a closer look at each team’s matchup:
Stratford (6-0, 2-0) at Christ Presbyterian Academy (1-4, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday*
CPA’s struggles continued last Friday with a 43-0 loss against Ensworth.
It was the fourth defeat of the year for the Lions, who had lost only four times over the previous four seasons.
They have been outscored 174-42 this season, with 35 of their points scored coming in a win against White House-Heritage in Week 3.
The road doesn’t get any easier the Lions this week, as they host the undefeated Stratford Spartans for a Region 5-Class 3A bout.
Stratford, which defeated Marshall County 28-21 last Friday, features an explosive offense and stout defense.
Led by Memphis commit Terrell Carter, the Spartans average 38.67 points per game.
Carter, who also has football scholarship offers from Tennessee, Louisville, Ole Miss and others, has 479 rushing yards, 311 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
Running backs Michael Williams (320 rush yds, 4 TDs) and Josh Trueheart (224 rush yds, 5 TDs) are also dangerous anytime they touch the ball.
CPA’s offense is led by running back James Deaton. It’ll be tough sledding for him and the rest of the Lions’ attack against a Stratford unit that allows an average of 7.83 PPG.
Cheatham County (4-2, 2-0) at Fairview (5-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday*
The race for first place in Region 6-Class 3A goes through Fairview Friday when the Yellowjackets battle the Cheatham County Cubs.
The Yellowjackets are off to their first 5-0 start since 2013 after last week’s 64-20 win over Hickman County.
It was their 12th victory in their last 13 regular-season games.
Fairview’s offense has been rolling in its last four games, averaging 41 points during that span.
Senior running backs Jake Beathard and Hunter Caldwell, sophomore quarterback Kam Harris-Lusk and senior receiver Sam Sanborn lead the attack.
Beathard has 454 rushing yards, 99 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while Caldwell has 295 rushing yards, 132 receiving yards and four scores.
Harris-Lusk has thrown for 764 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His favorite target is Sanborn, who has 24 catches for 371 yards and three touchdowns.
The group will have a chance to put up big numbers against a Cubs’ unit that’s allowed 28 points or more in three games.
Cheatham County’s offense had its worst performance of the year in last week’s 33-14 loss against Waverly Central.
Prior to that game, it had scored 28 points or more in every contest.
The Yellowjackets’ defense enters this week allowing an average of 13.83 PPG.
Franklin Road Academy (0-5) at Ezell-Harding (3-3), 7 p.m. Friday*
This season hasn’t been pretty for the Franklin Road Academy Panthers.
They’ve been outscored 152-54 in their 0-5 start to the year. In four of those games, they were held to 10 points or less.
In last week’s 27-0 loss against Friendship Christian, the Panthers managed just 105 total yards.
Their offense will look to end its woes Friday in a matchup against the Ezell-Harding Eagles.
The Eagles, who are on the heels of a 34-20 loss against Mt. Juliet Christian, allow an average of 28.5 points per game.
As for FRA, it’s allowed 30.4 points per game. However, when omitting the touchdowns its allowed on two punt returns, a kickoff return and a fumble recovery, the average drops to 25 PPG.
Ezell-Harding’s offense averages 36 PPG.
Sam McGaw is sports editor of Home Page Media Group. Email him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @SamMcGawSports.