Week 5 Rutherford County high school football preview

Rutherford County football teams will reach the midway point of the regular season on Friday night, which will feature nine games involving region opponents.

Smyrna was scheduled to play region opponent McGavock on the road, but Metro schools have yet to play due to the COVID-19 virus. Instead, the Bulldogs will play first-year school Green Hill in a non-region game on the road.

In region 3-6A play, Oakland will take an undefeated 3-0 record (1-0 in league play) into its home game against Cookeville, which is 3-1 and 0-1.

"I think they're one of the better coached teams we play," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. "I know it was 14-7 with Riverdale in the third quarter with them, and we all know Riverdale is a really talented team who has beaten some good teams.

"(Cookeville) has had good teams in the past and we've had some really good battles with them. We've got a lot of good players and coaches in our league, which makes it hard to get a ticket. When they open up the links you better get your ticket quick. It's well worth the price of admission."

Riverdale (3-1, 1-0) will travel to Rockvale, which is 1-3 and 0-1

"We've got another tough game this week, but that's part of high school football," said Riverdale coach Will Kriesky, whose team will be playing on the road for the first time this season. "They're improving each week and they've got a win and coach (Rick) Rice and his whole staff are going an excellent job. I'm blessed to have a great staff that gets us ready to play each week, but we've got our work cut out for us."

Added Rice: "They've got everything -- D-linemen, linebackers, defensive backs, offensive linemen, good running backs, good receivers and a good quarterback. They have no weaknesses anywhere. It's going to be a challenge, but we're going to be excited about it and hopefully give them a run for their money. It's our Senior Night. Last year we had three and we've got about 20 this year, so we're looking forward to that."

In other Region 3-6A games, Blackman (1-3, 1-0) plays host to Warren County 4-0, 1-0) and Siegel (0-4, 0-1) travels to Coffee County (1-2, 0-1).

In Region 5-6A, Stewarts Creek (1-2, 0-0) opens league play against La Vergne (2-2, 1-0).

"I think you look at what La Vergne running back (Ray Banner) has been able to do against good competition," Stewarts Creek coach Ben Caudill said. "It definitely starts with him. Their quarterback (Lavandrea Webb) is a great leader and a really good athlete. Coach (Mike) Woodward has done a great job getting his team together and they're definitely unified. It's going to be a challenge for us. It's our first region game and they’ll be ready to play. We'll have to be creative and find a way to slow them down."

Eagleville be seeking its first Region 5-2A victory when it plays Community at home, while MTCS (1-2, 1-0) will host Chattanooga Grace (0-2, 0-2) in a Division II-A East Region game.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Cookeville at Oakland

Riverdale at Rockvale

Warren Co. at Blackman

Stewarts Creek at La Vergne

Community at Eagleville

Grace Baptist-Chattanooga at MTCS

Siegel at Coffee County

Smyrna at Green Hill

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