Stewarts Creek brings a surprising 3-0 record into Friday night's key region game against Cane Ridge.
The Red Hawks and the rest of the league have been chasing Cane Ridge since the region was realigned, and most figured Cane Ridge would be the team to beat again.
After losing its first two non-region games, Cane Ridge got into the win column last Friday with a 35-0 victory over McGavock, while Stewarts Creek won 28-20 at Clarksville to move to 3-0 for the first time in school history.
"I've been watching them about a week and half now and then on film, and we've got to go play and play a great game," Stewarts Creek coach Bert Browne said. "The bear is coming for us. They're a team you've to knock off in your region. They will be ready to play football, I can tell you that. You've got to prepare and do whatever it takes to win. We've got a big one coming.
"I'm very proud of our kids. We have to win the turnover battle or we're going to lose the football game. I think it's going to be a great football game. If you like good high school football I think it will be as good as any game in the state."
Oakland (3-0) will step out of region play when it travels to Germantown.
"They're a good football team," Oakland defensive coordinator Brad Cowan said. "They've beaten Whitehaven twice in the regular season the past two seasons, and anyone who has beaten Whitehaven has my respect.
"We'll find out how good we are this week, and this will be a good test for us."
Blackman (1-2) is coming off a 65-0 win at Coffee County, but this week's road trip to Independence will be against another strong non-region foe.
"Independence is another quality opponent, and they're coming off a big win (over Centennial),"Blackman coach Kit Hartsfield said. "They've got an explosive offense, but we just need to take care of Blackman and play another clean game."
Riverdale and Smyrna will square off in an inner-county matchup at Smyrna.
"They've got a really good football team," Smyrna coach Matt Williams said of the Warriors. "They've got experience, they're big and physical and get to the ball on defense. They've got an offense putting up points. They do a great job with their running game and they've got a good passing game also. But we'll have a good game plan and I know our kids will go out and play hard."
In other games, La Vergne hosts Lebanon, DCA is at MTCS, Rockvale is at home against Clarksville and Eagleville travels to Pickett County.
Blackman at Independence
Lebanon at La Vergne
Cane Ridge at Stewarts Creek )
DCA at MTCS -- Zachary with art
Centennial at Siegel
Riverdale at Smyrna )
Clarksville at Rockvale
Oakland at Germantown
Eagleville at Pickett County