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The Tennessean’s Tom Kreager and Michael Murphy discuss the game of the week: Spring Hill at Marshall County.
Mike Organ

Here’s a look at the top 10 high school football games for Week 9 of the 2017 season. The USA TODAY Network — Tennessee’s Tom Kreager and Michael Murphy will be picking the winners:

Kreager’s record: 55-25 (.688)
Murphy’s record: 54-26 (.675)

GAME OF THE WEEK

Spring Hill (4-3, 2-1) at Marshall Co. (5-2, 3-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Marshall County, ranked eighth in Class 4A, can clinch its third consecutive region championship with a win over Spring Hill, which has dropped three of its past four. A Raiders win would put them right back into the race for a region title. Marshall County’s Kamron Liggett and Spring Hill’s Dontae Smith have rushed for a combined 2,187 yards and 36 touchdowns.  

Kreager’s pick: Marshall County 42, Spring Hill 35
Murphy’s pick: Marshall County 28, Spring Hill 24

Davidson Acad. (7-0, 4-0) at Nashville Christian (5-2, 4-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Davidson Academy’s explosive offense will square off against a stingy Nashville Christian defense in this battle between Division II-A West unbeatens. The Bears, led by quarterback Stone Norton and running back Da’Joun Hewitt, are averaging 46.1 points per game, while Tennessee defensive line commitment Brant Lawless and the Eagles have held their past five opponents to a combined 56 points.

Kreager’s pick: Davidson Academy 28, NCS 21
Murphy’s pick: NCS 24, Davidson Academy 21

BGA (7-1, 1-1) at FRA (3-4, 2-0)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

A pair of prolific passing attacks will be on display in this critical Division II-AA Middle Region matchup. Battle Ground Academy’s Drew Martin has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,766 yards with 19 touchdowns, while Franklin Road Academy’s Eric Stoxstill-Diggs is coming off his second consecutive 300-yard, three-touchdown effort. Panthers junior Lance Wilhoite has hauled in 17 receptions for 385 yards and four touchdowns in the two-game stretch.

Kreager’s pick: BGA 35, FRA 34
Murphy’s pick: BGA 31, FRA 17

Blackman (6-1, 3-1) at Cookeville (6-1, 2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Blackman, ranked fourth in Class 6A, will be facing its first true rest without Ohio State commitment Master Teague. Blaze senior Cordell Braxton ran for 177 yards and five scores in last week’s 62-0 rout of Warren County, but this week’s Region 3-6A foe Cookeville, led by senior linebacker Michael Scavo’s team-leading 76 tackles, should provide a bit more resistance for the 5-foot-9, 170-pound back.

Kreager’s pick: Blackman 27, Cookeville 21
Murphy’s pick: Blackman 35, Cookeville 24

Eagleville (6-1, 2-1) at Columbia Acad. (6-1, 3-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Expect plenty of offense in this Region 5-2A battle of ranked foes. Columbia Academy, ranked fourth in Class 2A, is coming off back-to-back 50-point performances, running for a combined 623 yards and 12 touchdowns in wins over Community and FRA. Sixth-ranked Eagleville’s offense hasn’t been quite as prolific, but the Graham Hatcher-led Eagles have eclipsed the 34-point mark in each of their past three games.

Kreager’s pick: Columbia Academy 42, Eagleville 14
Murphy’s pick: Columbia Academy 35, Eagleville 21

Smyrna (4-3, 2-1) at Stewarts Creek (4-3, 3-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Friday marks the fifth installment of this blossoming Rutherford County rivalry, and Stewarts Creek is still searching for its first victory over crosstown Region 5-6A foe Smyrna. T.J. Mangrum and Nathan Wright have combined to rush for 982 yards and seven touchdowns for the Red Hawks, while Smyrna quarterback Alex Bannister eclipsed the 1,000-yard passing mark in last week’s 42-14 win over Siegel.

Kreager’s pick: Smyrna 28, Stewarts Creek 14
Murphy’s pick: Smyrna 28, Stewarts Creek 27

King’s Acad. (6-1, 4-0) at Friendship (7-0, 4-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

A region title will be up for grabs in this battle between Division II-A East Region unbeatens. Friendship senior Jajuan Foutch has rushed for 1,110 yards and 18 scores this season, including a season-best 245-yard, four-touchdown effort in the Commanders’ 55-14 Week 7 win over Mt. Juliet Christian. King’s Academy quarterback Brandon Burgess accounted for 320 yards and six scores in last week’s 58-17 rout of Chattanooga Grace.

Kreager’s pick: Friendship 21, King’s Academy 14
Murphy’s pick: Friendship 27, King’s Academy 24

Columbia (6-1, 2-1) at Shelbyville (3-4, 2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Keep your eyes on the quarterback position in this Region 5-5A showdown. Shelbyville’s Grayson Tramel is coming off a record-breaking performance in last week’s 47-37 loss to Summit in which he threw for a TSSAA single-game record 602 yards. Columbia’s Darien Davis might not have gotten his name in the record books, but the 5-foot-11, 189-pounder did account for 443 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-49 win over Franklin County.

Kreager’s pick: Columbia 38, Shelbyville 35
Murphy’s pick: Columbia 42, Shelbyville 40

Jo Byrns (6-1, 2-1) at Gordonsville (4-3, 4-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Jo Byrns sports a more attractive overall record, but the Red Devils still will be looking to play the role of spoiler in this Region 4-1A matchup. Despite suffering three early season losses, first-place Gordonsville, led by 1,300-yard back Braxton Givens, remains unbeaten in league play. Eric Herring has rushed for 742 yards and 11 touchdowns on 112 carries for second-place Jo Byrns.

Kreager’s pick: Gordonsville 21, Jo Byrns 10
Murphy’s pick: Gordonsville 17, Jo Byrns 14

Oakland (7-0, 3-0) at Siegel (3-4, 1-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Oakland, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, will be looking to stretch its regular-season win streak to 27 games. Siegel, meanwhile, led by first-year coach Michael Copley, is simply searching for some consistency. The Patriots, led by junior safety Woodi Washington, have tallied nine sacks and 16 takeaways in seven games and have allowed just three opponents to score in double-figures.

Kreager’s pick: Oakland 40, Siegel 10
Murphy’s pick: Oakland 42, Siegel 7

Reach Michael Murphy at mfmurphy@tennessean.com or 615-259-8026 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.