RTS Feature Games: Week 1 Schedule

It’s hard to believe the 2016 season is here, but we aren’t complaining either. It’s time to hit the road and bring you another season of high school and college football, and Week 1 features College Football America Yearbook Publisher Kendall Webb with a slate of four high school games in Middle Tennessee near his home base.

So pay attention, because we move fast around here. Heck, we don’t have a choice – a month from now, the regular season will be halfway done in Tennessee, and many teams will already know their fate. For now, however, they’re all undefeated with big dreams of making a run to the postseason, and we’re ready to bring you the action.

Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) Raptors at Siegel (Murfreesboro, TN) Stars
TSSAA High School
8 p.m. ET Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ravenwood is the defending Class 6A champions in Tennessee while Siegel was ousted in the second round of the 6A playoffs a year ago by their crosstown rivals, the Blackman (Murfreesboro, TN) Blaze. The Raptors feature big Patrick Leitten (6-foot-8, 247 pounds) on the offensive line. He’s committed to Duke, and the Raptors were 20 points better than Siegel a year ago in a 47-27 win. Siegel has some talent as they showed in the Rutherford County Jamboree Friday night, but it might be a bit much to ask them to take down the defending state champions in the season opener.

LaVergne (TN) Wolverines at Smyrna (TN) Bulldogs
TSSAA High School
8 p.m. ET Friday, August 19, 2016

La Vergne is CFA Publisher Kendall Webb’s hometown these days, and the Wolverines may have one of their most talented teams in recent memory. The Wolverines were a first-round casualty in the TSSAA Class 5A playoffs a year ago when they had the misfortune of running into the powerhouse Hillsboro (Nashville, TN) Burros in a 27-7 loss, but they are loaded with 4-star safety Maleik Gray on defense and 3-star wide receiver Princeton Fant on offense. Both are committed to the Tennessee Volunteers. It never seems to matter how good the Wolverines are, however, when they take on their neighbors from Smyrna. The Bulldogs hold a 28-1 all-time head-to-head advantage over their rivals. They have plenty of talent, too, with 3-star running back Casey Perkins, 3-star quarterback John Turner (committed to Middle Tennessee) and 3-star linebacker Deylon Williams.

Ooltewah (TN) Owls vs. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, TN) Warriors
TSSAA High School
5 p.m. ET Saturday, August 20, 2016
at Floyd Stadium, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Riverdale opened the 2015 season with a win at Ooltewah by the baseball-like score of 9-5. The Class 6A Warriors now get the Owls back in their own hometown in the opening game of the Middle Tennessee Football Classic presented by Venture Express. The Warriors made it to the second round of the playoffs before losing 54-7 to their archrivals, the Oakland (Murfreesboro, TN) Patriots, but the Owls were quarterfinalists in Class 5A. They missed out on a trip to the semifinals by just a couple of points in a 14-13 loss to the Rhea County (Evensville, TN) Golden Eagles. Will Kriesky will make his debut as the Warriors head coach after replacing Ron Aydellot.

Jackson (TN) North Side Indians vs. Oakland (Murfreesboro, TN) Patriots
TSSAA High School
8 p.m. ET Saturday, August 20, 2016
at Floyd Stadium, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

It could be a long afternoon for Jackson North Side as the Class 4A Indians step up two classes to take on the Class 6A Oakland Patriots. And this isn’t just any 6A team. This is the defending 6A semifinalists that still feature 5-star prospect JaCoby Stevens, an LSU commitment who’s ranked in the Top 30 nationally. The Patriots’ other safety is no slouch either – Kaleb Oliver is a 3-star prospect committed to Mississippi State. Don’t be surprised if the Patriots hang half a hundred on the outmanned Indians.


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