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Brentwood, Oakland makes moves as teams in Large Class rankings enter TSSAA state semifinals



The TSSAA Division II state championship games are set and the Division I semifinals will highlight action Friday in the TSSAA football playoffs.

Here are this week’s Large Class football rankings in the Nashville area. Large Class teams include Classes 4A-6A, Division II-AA and DII-AAA.

1. Pearl-Cohn (13-0): Zeion Simpson-Smith ran 11 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns while Keyshawn Tarleton threw for 152 yards and two TDs in a 41-21 win over Marshall County in a Class 4A quarterfinal. Last week: No. 1. Next game: vs. Haywood.

2. CPA (12-1): North Carolina commit Crews Law had 11 carries for 85 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead CPA to the Division II-AA state championship for the sixth straight year. Last week: No. 2. Next game: vs. Boyd Buchanan, Nov. 30.

3. Brentwood (13-0): Baylor Hayes and the Bruins had to rally in the second half to advance to the program’s first state semifinal game since 2020. Hayes threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Class 6A quarterfinal comeback win over Ravenwood. Last week: No. 4. Next game: vs. Houston.

4. Oakland (11-2): Oakland’s Region 3-6A championship loss to Riverdale weeks ago was a source of agitation and Friday, the Patriots took that frustration out on the Warriors, blasting their rivals, 56-0 in the 6A playoffs quarterfinal. Last week: No. 5. Next game: at Bradley Central.

5. Page (12-1): Ethan Cunningham ran for 103 yards and a touchdown and Page’s defense did the rest to oust Centennial from the Class 5A playoffs with a 14-7 quarterfinal win. Last week: No. 7. Next game: vs. Southwind.

6. Upperman (13-0) – The Bees make their debut in our rankings at No. 6 as Upperman got past Macon County, 17-14 in the Class 4A quarterfinals. Last week: Not ranked. Next game: at Greeneville.

7. Riverdale (10-2): QB Braden Graham, the Warriors Mr. Football semifinalist, was held to just 111 passing yards and Riverdale didn’t score a point in its loss to Oakland. Last week: No. 3.

8. Henry County (11-1): Henry County couldn’t shake Southwind, which rallied in the second half and end the Patriots’ season in the 5A quarterfinals.. Last week: No. 6.

9. Centennial (10-2): Mr. Football semifinalist Dominic Reed had only three carries for 11 yards and scored a touchdown in the Cougars’ loss to Page. Last week: No. 9.

10. FRA (11-2) – Michael Hassell had a rushing touchdown and quarterback Logan Kinnard threw for a touchdown in 37-16 loss to CPA in the DII-AA semifinal. Last week: No. 10.

Reach sports writer George Robinson at and on the X platform (formerly Twitter) @Cville_Sports. 

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