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Week 4

Football Preview: Brentwood Academy faces 6A Whitehaven; BGA hosts Kentucky state champ

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Falling out of the top spot in the state’s Division II-AAA Associated Press Top 10 poll after a loss to then No. 2 McCallie last week, Brentwood Academy has little time to recover, hosting Class 6A powerhouse and No. 3-ranked Whitehaven.

The Eagles (2-1) fell when the Blue Tornado scored with 46 seconds left and a BA rally died at the opponent’s eight-yard line as time expired. The loss was similar to last year when the Eagles lost their regular season match up with the Chattanooga team before winning a fourth straight state DII title.

“We’ve been here before; we will be all right,” said Brentwood Academy’s Jordan James after the loss Friday night. “We lost two games in a row last year — to them (McCallie) and MBA — and we ended up winning state.”

Whitehaven (3-0) has been the team in Memphis in Division I for the past decade, and will bring a big, fast and athletic squad to Brentwood.

In Franklin, DII-AA's top-ranked Battle Ground Academy (3-0, 1-0) welcomes the defending Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 4A state champs, Franklin-Simpson (0-3), to Guffee-Brown Stadium. The Wildcats rolled past Class 6A McGavock on the road to open the season, slipped past Division II-AAA Father Ryan on the road in Week 2, and crushed fellow DII-AA Middle Region member Goodpasture last week in their home opener. Franklin-Simpson will have to find an answer to BGA senior signal caller Nick Semptimphelter and his cadre of receivers.

Christ Presbyterian Academy travels to Ensworth for an out-of-region contest. The Lions (0-3) are reeling from a slow start while the Tigers, under new coach Roc Batten, are 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2014 when they fell 10-7 to Montgomery Bell Academy in the BlueCross Bowl.

Father Ryan (1-2, 0-1) hosts Pope John Paul II (2-1, 0-1) in the annual battle for the Bishop’s Cup. The two schools have split this series the past six years, with the Knights winning the last three in a row.

Grace Christian Academy (0-3, 0-1) will be looking to get their first win of the year when they travel to Cornersville (1-2, 1-0).

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