Oakland faces another Division II challenge in CPA

No. 1 ranked Oakland will play the only game in town on Thursday when it plays host to Division II-A power CPA.

Eight of the other Rutherford County teams are off for Fall Break. La Vergne will host Dickson County in a make-up game on Friday after it was cancelled last Friday due to no officials showing up.

The Patriots, who are two weeks removed from surviving a 29-21 thriller at home against Lipscomb Academy, will be playing their third private school this season. They defeated Madison Richland Academy (Miss.) 31-13 Week Two.

Oakland is 6-0 this season, while CPA comes in at 7-0. The Patriots are coming off a 63-36 victory over Blackman despite fumbling twice and having three touchdowns negated by penalties. CPA beat FRA 34-6.

"It's a tough stretch, but it kind of simulates a playoff schedule," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said of a four-game schedule that included Lipscomb Academy and Blackman and will feature this Friday game against CPA and next week's region showdown against Riverdale.

Creasy acknowledged the Patriots need to get off to a better start this week and "clean some things up."

"We've fumbled on the first play of the game the last two weeks," he said. “We fumbled twice in the first 90 seconds against Blackman. You can't do when you're in the sixth week of the season.

"We had 21 points taken off the board with three penalties, but to our guys’ credit, the ones that made the mistakes came back and made plays for us. CPA is the defending state champion (in Division II-A), so we'll have our hands full."

La Vergne has one region win and faces a winless Dickson County team.

"We're just glad to be playing," La Vergne coach Mike Woodward said. "We already missed the game with Antioch because of their COVID issues, so we'll be excited to play against Dickson County."

Predictions: Oakland 34, CPA 17; La Vergne 26, Dickson Co. 20

Last week: 4-2. Season: 35-9