It's the "Battle of the 'Boro" week, and the stakes will be as high as ever on Friday night when Riverdale hosts Oakland.
Oakland (7-0, 4-0) and Riverdale (6-1, 4-0) both go into the rivalry game with perfect region records, and the winner will another big step toward being the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
"This is their team they've been waiting for the last couple of years," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said of the Warriors. "They've always had a bunch of very talented guys and they look really good on film.
"They'd probably been undefeated if not for that rain game (against CPA) Week 1. They've shown out on offense and have done a great job on defense. They'll definitely be the best defense we've faced all year."
Both teams are coming off shutouts, with Oakland beating Brentwood 37-0 and Riverdale blanking Siegel 28-0 two weeks ago.
"We need this break, the teams needs this break," Riverdale coach Will Kriesky said, referring to last week's Fall Break. “We've had some injuries and hopefully we'll get most of them back. Oakland won 37-0 against Brentwood so we've got our hands full.
"Our defense is going to have its hands full. We have to be mentally ready and it's always a physical battled. Coach Creasy always does a great job and he's never lost a region game since he's been the head coach at Oakland. It's going to be a tough battle and we've got to come out fighting and be prepared."
Blackman will be in playoff mode the final three weeks of the season as it will likely have to sweep its last three games to make the playoffs. The Blaze were off last week during Fall Break after being unable to play the previous week against Oakland due to COVID-19 issues.
The Blaze will play host to Rockvale on Friday.
"We're just going to try and win the ones we play on the field," Blackman coach Kits Hartsfield said. "I'd say the only positive to have off is to get healed up physically and mentally regroup and get back on track and have some life an energy when we get back.
"If this had happened two weeks later our season would have essentially been over. It's essentially the playoffs for us now. Our backs are against the wall and we've got to fight through it. Even though we came up short against Riverdale (21-14 three weeks ago), I thought we turned the corner. We've just go to play and put it all together."
In other region games involving Rutherford County teams, La Vergne travels to Antioch, Eagleville is at Summertown, Siegel visits Cookeville and MTCS hosts Grace Christian-Franklin.
Non-region games include Smyrna hosting Ravenwood and Stewarts Creek facing Lebanon at home.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Oakland at Riverdale
Rockvale at Blackman
Siegel at Cookeville
Ravenwood at Smyrna
Lebanon at Stewarts Creek
La Vergne at McGavock
Eagleville at Summertown
Grace Christian-Franklin at MTCS