A look at the top high school football teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by The Tennessean:
10. FRA (9-0) — The Panthers, averaging over 40 points in their first nine games, are just one win away from notching their first undefeated regular season since 1982. Last week: No. 10. This week: Friday at BGA (6-2).
9. Hendersonville (8-1) — The Commandos are coming off their fourth consecutive victory and second shutout of the season — a 45-0 rout of Region 6-5A foe Glencliff. Last week: No. 9. This week: Hunters Lane (1-8)
8. CPA (8-1) — The Region 5-3A champion Lions, coming off a 48-13 victory over winless Goodpasture, have only allowed an average of 12.5 points in their last four wins. Last week: No. 8. This week: Friday at Whites Creek (3-5).
7. Ravenwood (8-1) — The Region 2-6A champion Raptors reeled off their fifth straight win on Friday, whipping Wilson Central 28-6 behind Carter Nelson’s 155-yard rushing effort. Last week: No. 7. This week at Antioch (0-9).
6. Centennial (8-1) — Junior Mondu Sawyers ran for a season-high 194 yards and a pair of scores in the Cougars’ 40-8 win over Region 7-5A foe Rossview. Last week: No. 6. This week: Henry County (8-1).
5. Blackman (7-2) — Senior Taeler Dowdy returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a score in the Blaze’s 42-20 win over Coffee County, and the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder finished with 132 yards rushing and four first-half touchdowns. Last week: No. 5. This week: at Warren County (1-8).
4. Independence (9-0) — The unbeaten Eagles rolled to yet another lopsided victory on Friday — a 42-7 triumph over Franklin County behind quarterback Andrew Bunch’s 298-yard, three-touchdown passing performance. Last week: No. 4. This week: at La Vergne (6-3).
3. MBA (8-1) — Quarterback Glenn Coleman threw for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Big Red, while running back Ty Chandler racked up 188 yards and three rushing scores in an impressive 35-21 win at Baylor. Last week: No. 3. This week: Friday vs. Ensworth (4-5).
2. Oakland (8-1) — Junior running back LaZarius Patterson tallied his second straight 200-yard rushing performance in Friday’s 21-6 triumph over Region 2-6A foe Cookeville. Last week: No. 2. This week: Friday at Smyrna (7-2).
1. Brentwood Academy (8-1) — Following Friday’s 53-6 win over University Christian (Fla.), the top-ranked Eagles have now outscored their past four opponents by a combined tally of 195-34. Last week: No. 1. This week: Friday vs. McCallie (5-4).
Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.