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More than a month ago, one Region 6-5A game set the stage for what Friday evening’s showdown between Beech and visiting Hillsboro will now be, one of the two games to decide the region title.

When the Burros suffered a 21-14 loss at Cane Ridge, it opened the door for the Buccaneers to earn a home playoff game if they can emerge from Friday evening’s contest at Shackle Island Stadium victorious.

With a win, Beech (7-2 overall, 5-1 in Region 6-5A) would finish at least second in the region and would have an outside chance at winning it outright, though Hunters Lane would have to defeat Hendersonville in order for that to happen.

Regardless, the Buccaneers have the opportunity to earn another home game with a win over the Burros, who have plenty to play for themselves. Hillsboro (6-3, 5-1), last year’s Class 5A runner-up, will win the region with a victory. If Beech wins, the Burros will have to go on the road for a first-round game, and if Cane Ridge defeats Gallatin, Hillsboro would finish fourth and visit Independence (ranked first in the Associated Press Class 5A Statewide Prep Football Poll) in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs next week.

Beech will finish third in the region with a loss and would travel to face one of four potential opponents – La Vergne, Stewarts Creek, Lincoln County or Shelbyville. All four teams can finish second in Region 5-5A through a variety of different scenarios.

Beech claimed its fifth consecutive victory last Friday, cruising to a 49-8 victory at Hunters Lane. Senior Rodrick Napper rushed for four touchdowns and 195 yards on just eight carries, and the Buccaneers rushed for 379 yards as a team.

Hillsboro scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to come away with a 28-13 victory at Gallatin last Friday.

The Burros did it with short passes and play-action passes as quarterback Daylon Murphy completed 8 of 12 passes for 122 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown to Jeremy Hill with 9:51 remaining.

Hillsboro allowed Gallatin junior tailback Jordan Mason to rush for 128 yards on 26 carries, though 70 of those came on a second-quarter carry in which Mason did not score.

Beech and Hillsboro have never played each other in the regular season until this week. The Burros have won three of the five previous meetings, including a 31-26 victory at Beech in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs in 2013.

Beech claimed a 35-6 win over Hillsboro in the second round of the 2012 playoffs, en route to winning the Class 5A state championship.

Beech’s only other victory over Hillsboro came in the 1983 Boyce Smith Bowl, a 23-12 victory.

Westmoreland (5-4 overall, 5-1 in Region 4-2A) at Watertown (7-2, 5-1)

Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium

Last game: The Eagles rolled to a 49-14 victory over visiting Cascade. The Purple Tigers erupted for a 63-36 victory at Community.

Last meeting between the two programs: Watertown captured an 18-6 victory over visiting Westmoreland during the 2002 season.

The two teams are battling to finish in second place in Region 4-2A, with the winner earning a home playoff game against Tyner. The losing team will travel to Jasper for a contest against Marion County.

The Eagles have hosted a first-round playoff game in each of the last three seasons, winning all three of those contests.

The Tigers last made the playoffs in 2012, suffering a 24-21 loss to visiting Cascade in their postseason opener.

Junior quarterback Seth Price directs the Watertown offense. Price has completed 113 of 188 passes for 1,908 yards, resulting in 24 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Senior Luke Turner has 1,086 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

Senior Skylor Scales has caught a team-best 43 passes for 773 yards and seven touchdowns, but junior Vonte Bates (22-329-4), senior Zack Grisham (20-245-3) and junior Brady Swann (18-386-4) have also been regular targets for Price.

The Tigers are averaging more than 38 points per game while giving up more than 26 points per game.

Turner and Swann lead the Watertown defense with 105 and 102 tackles, respectively.

“They have a real fine team,” Westmoreland head coach Steve Harris said. “Offensively, they run the spread. They have a back (Turner) who is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds who runs really hard. The quarterback is athletic and can run, and they have four or five receivers who can make things happen.”

Westmoreland’s offense produced season-highs in points (49) and total yardage (524) last Friday, led by senior fullback Dylan Todd (145 rushing yards and three touchdowns) and senior quarterback Bayle Kirk (passing touchdowns of 79 and 51 yards).

The Eagles have won five of their last six games, outscoring opponents by a combined margin of 193-47 in those five victories.

“We expect a lot of spread and a lot of passing,” Kirk said. “They’re going to use their speed. They have a couple of good athletes.

“We trust our coaches to put a good game plan together and to get us ready for them.”

Harris added, “We felt like we took a couple of steps backward against White House Heritage (in a 37-0, road loss on Oct. 9). They have a really good football team, but we didn’t compete the way we wanted. To our kids’ credit, we’ve had good practices the last couple of weeks. The mental focus has been good. We just have to continue to improve every day in practice.”

White House (4-5 overall, 1-3 in Region 5-4A) at Maplewood (2-7, 1-3)

Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Black Cat Stadium

Last week: The Blue Devils suffered a 31-14 loss to visiting Page. The Panthers dropped a 34-33 decision to visiting Marshall County in triple overtime.

Last meeting between the two programs: White House captured a 23-22 victory over visiting Maplewood in the first round of Class 4A playoffs in 2012.

The Blue Devils faced Maplewood in the playoffs in both 2011 and 2012. However, the loser of Friday’s rematch will not be in the Class 4A playoffs this season, while the winner will advance to the postseason.

White House has made 23 consecutive playoffs appearances and has advanced to the quarterfinal round in each of the last five seasons.

However, the injury-plagued Blue Devils have struggled the last two weeks against Pearl-Cohn and Page, two teams with a combined record of 12-6. White House has been limited to a total of 263 total yards over the last two weeks while allowing 856 total yards.

The Blue Devils won back-to-back games prior to the last two weeks.

The Panthers have just two wins, but their 28-14 victory at Portland two weeks ago gave them an opportunity to reach the playoffs.

Maplewood played region-leading Pearl-Cohn to a 28-14 contest three weeks ago, followed by the win over Portland and then a 34-33, triple-overtime loss to fourth-ranked Marshall County last Friday (a game decided by a failed two-point conversion run on the final play).

Panther junior tailback Jeremy McDowell – who returned from an extended injury in the win over Portland – rushed for 108 yards on 31 carries last Friday.

Freshman quarterback Bobo Hodges – a former Knox Doss Middle and Hunter Middle School standout – completed 8 of 16 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown, a 5-yarder to junior wide receiver Bo Hodges. Bo Hodges – who played for two seasons at Station Camp High – caught six passes for 108 yards.

Bobo Hodges also ran for two touchdowns.

Maplewood stayed in the game despite allowing 467 yards of total offense, including 304 passing yards.

The winner of Friday’s contest will play at either Lipscomb Academy or at Kenwood in next Friday’s opening round of the playoffs.

Macon County (5-4 overall, 1-3 at Region 5-4A) at Portland (3-6, 1-3)

Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Edgar Johnson Stadium

Last week: The Tigers captured a 42-20 victory at Meade County (Ky.). The Panthers suffered a 21-20 loss to visiting Friendship Christian.

Last meeting between the two programs: Portland claimed a 38-6 victory at Macon County during the 2004 season.

The winner earns a spot in the playoffs. The loser’s season ends.

Macon County is led by its offense, which is averaging 28 points per game. The Tigers are allowing more than 22 points per game.

Quarterback Seth Carlisle is the key figure in the Macon County attack. The sophomore standout has rushed for 1,294 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. Carlisle has also passed for 809 yards and seven touchdowns, though he has been intercepted nine times.

Senior Evan Perrigo has been Carlisle’s biggest threat, catching 16 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns.

Tiger senior tailback Matt Austin has 735 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

Macon County bounced back from back-to-back losses with last Friday’s win.

Of the Tigers’ five victories, three have come against two-win teams (Jackson County, Maplewood and Meade County).

The Panthers have lost three consecutive games and five of their last six.

Junior tailback Emmanuel Johnson returned to action last Friday, after missing the previous two games due to a concussion. Johnson rushed for a team-high 50 yards on 11 carries.

Portland’s last playoff appearance came in 2012.

This is the third consecutive home game for the Panthers.

Macon County is 3-1 on the road this season.

The winner of Friday’s contest will play at either Lipscomb Academy or at Kenwood in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs next Friday.

Hunters Lane (1-8 overall, 1-5 in Region 6-5A) at Hendersonville (8-1, 5-1)

Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium

Last week: Hunters Lane suffered a 49-8 loss to visiting Beech. Hendersonville cruised to a 45-0 victory at Glencliff.

Last meeting between the two teams: Hendersonville rolled to a 51-0 victory over the visiting Warriors last season.

The Commandos close the regular season at home against a familiar opponent.

Hendersonville will be keeping tabs on the Beech-Hillsboro contest as the Commandos have the opportunity to win the Region 6-5A title with a victory and a Hillsboro loss.

The Commandos already have clinched a playoff berth and will host a game next week with a victory. If the Warriors win, Hendersonville would finish second with a Hillsboro victory and third if Beech prevails.

Hendersonville’s potential playoff opponents next week are La Vergne, Stewarts Creek, Lincoln County and Shelbyville, depending on the outcome of Friday’s games.

Senior Mike Harris began last Friday’s game with a big play, scoring on a 57-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. The Commandos built a 38-0, halftime lead as Hendersonville’s defense limited Glencliff to 84 yards of total offense.

The Commandos’ special teams factored into the victory as well as junior Terrell Carter scored on a 46-yard punt return.

The teams have faced each other 13 times since 2001, with Hendersonville having won the last five meetings. Hunters Lane’s last victory over the Commandos came in 2007, a 21-7 win.

Gallatin (4-5 overall, 2-4 in Region 6-5A) at Cane Ridge (6-3, 4-2)

Kickoff at 7 p.m.

Last week: The Green Wave suffered a 28-13 loss to visiting Hillsboro. The Ravens rolled to a 54-7 victory at Cane Ridge.

Last meeting between the two programs: Never played.

Last week sealed the postseason fate for both teams as Gallatin’s loss ended its playoff hopes.

Conversely, Cane Ridge erupted for a lopsided victory at Station Camp to clinch its fourth consecutive playoff berth.

In fact, the Ravens could place third in the region with a win over the Green Wave and a Beech victory over Hillsboro, which would drop the Burros to fourth in Region 6-5A.

The Green Wave are attempting to end a four-game losing skid after starting the season with a 4-1 record.

Gallatin is missing out on the playoffs for the first time since 2012, which was the last time that the Green Wave didn’t have a .500 record.

Cane Ridge junior quarterback D.J. Thorpe completed 10 of 15 passes last Friday, resulting in 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Raven junior E’mari Barton rushed for a team-high 97 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Since a 31-28 loss to Beech on Sept. 18, Cane Ridge has won four consecutive games, by a combined margin of 168-33.

Gallatin was limited to 177 total yards last Friday and committed three turnovers, including two interceptions. The Green Wave completed just 7 of 19 pass attempts and averaged just 3.6 yards per carry.

Station Camp (3-6 overall, 2-4 in Region 6-5A) at Glencliff (2-7, 0-6)

Kickoff at 7 p.m. at B.H. Thompson Stadium

Last week: Station Camp suffered a 54-7 loss to visiting Cane Ridge. Glencliff suffered a 45-0 loss to visiting Hendersonville.

Last meeting between the two teams: Never played.

This game’s simply about ending the season on a high note as both teams are out of playoff contention.

The Bison were unable to stay alive last week in a loss to Cane Ridge, committing five turnovers and falling behind by a 32-0 margin at halftime.

Junior Sirtavious Perry scored the lone Bison touchdown, and sophomore Kaemon Dunlap accounted for 226 total yards (119 in kickoff returns and 107 rushing) in the loss.

Station Camp has lost its last three games – all in Region 6-5A play – after defeating Hunters Lane and Gallatin in back-to-back weeks.

However, the Bison have an opportunity to send the senior class out with a victory as Glencliff has lost its last five games and failed to score a touchdown in the previous four contests.

The Colts have not scored double-figure points since Aug. 28, when they suffered a 40-20 loss at Stratford.

Pope John Paul II (2-7) at South Warren, Ky. (9-0)

Kickoff at 7 p.m.

Last week: The Knights suffered a 63-28 loss at McCallie. South Warren claimed a 38-6 victory over visiting Warren Central (Ky.).

Last meeting between the two teams: Never played.

The Knights travel to Bowling Green, Ky., in hopes of breaking a three-game losing streak before the Division II-Class AA playoffs begin next week.

The Knights finished region play with last week’s loss at McCallie, falling behind quickly and trailing 35-7 at halftime.

Junior Jalon Cambridge scored on a 29-yard touchdown run and caught a team-high six passes for 83 yards in the loss.

Junior Kayron Namvong led the Spartans with 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries as South Warren remained undefeated with last week’s victory. Classmate C.J. Hayes caught two touchdown passes.

Namvong has rushed for a team-best 660 yards and seven touchdowns, and junior quarterback Ryder Litten has completed 47 of 93 pass attempts for 669 yards, resulting in eight touchdowns and six interceptions.

South Warren has allowed only one opponent to score 10 points or more in a game this season while scoring at least 21 points in every game. The Spartans have outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 330-41.

Senior linebacker Devante Colton (52 total tackles, one fumble recovery), senior linebacker Austin McElwain (44 tackles, two fumble returns for a touchdown) and senior defensive lineman Jacob Wilde (41 tackles, four fumble recoveries) lead the South Warren defense.

The Spartan defense has scored six touchdowns this season.

PJP II will be on the road for their postseason opener as well, either at Baylor or McCallie (depending on which team finishes in fourth place in the East/Middle Region).

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