Week 6 Rutherford County High school football picks

"The Backyard Brawl" has long been a fan favorite for Rutherford County football fans.

While the records are reversed this season, that will mean little when Riverdale (4-1, 2-0) visits Blackman (1-4, 1-1) on Friday night.

Riverdale has ripped off four straight victories after falling to CPA in its opener. Blackman has played arguably the state's toughest schedule, but has found itself play come-from-behind football in all but one game this season.

"It's a rivalry game, it's a tough game," Riverdale coach Will Kriesky said. "We're traveling to their place and it will be a great atmosphere. It doesn't matter what the records are. It's a rivalry game."

Riverdale had a big lead late last year, but the Blaze came back to beat the Warriors on their own field.

"Last year we played them very well and did not finish, and that's something that's been on our minds, especially in the back of our seniors' mind for a whole year now," Kriesky said. "It's something where we did not do a good job as a coaching staff and I'll take the blame for that.

"The kids have used that as inspiration throughout the offseason."

Blackman lost 35-28 at home to Warren County last week at home after falling behind 28-7 at one point.

"Hopefully we can take what we did in the second have and carry it over," Blackman coach Kit Hartsfield said. "This has always been a tight game as far as I can remember. We don't have time to lay around and sulk about the last game. It's a district game and there's a lot riding on it, and the rivalry is part of it.

"Mistakes are going to be a factor. They've got a really good team and we'll definitely have our hands full."

Oakland, which is 0-5 and 2-0, will look to stay unbeaten when it hosts Rockvale (1-4, 0-2).

"We've got a lot of respect for Rockvale coach (Rick) Rice," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. "He's doing a good job. He's playing some young guys, but at the same time we're playing some young guys, especially on the defensive side. We're trying to get those guys better every week. (Rockvale) does things that will make it difficult on our defense."

In other region games, Siegel will play at home against Warren County, and Smyrna will host Antioch, which will be playing its first home game of the season.

Non-region game this week include Stewarts Creek hosting Station Camp, MTCS facing Cornersville at home and Eagleville hosting Moore County.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Riverdale at Blackman

Rockvale at Oakland

Warren County at Siegel

Antioch at Smyrna

Station Camp at Stewarts Creek

Cornersville at MTCS

Moore Co. at Eagleville

La Vergne (open)

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