Opening Drive (Oct. 18): The James Moore Show

James Moore’s nickname might be “Magic,” but on Thursday evening, it was more like “Iron Man.” Moore had 56 carries in Stratford’s 14-7 victory at East Nashville, toting the ball on all but five of the Spartans’ offensive plays (Stratford did not attempt a pass in the game) and scoring twice. The 56 carries tied a 38-year-old state record for most rushing attempts in a game.

He’s the top area rusher so far this season, and still has yet to garner any serious recruiting interest. Not only is he Stratford’s workhorse on offense, he rarely comes off the field, playing linebacker on defense. As he goes, Stratford goes, and the Spartans – and their defense – are going to be a tough out in the postseason.

Catch up on news from around the area, including more on Moore’s Thursday night showing:

Gallery: Stratford 14, East Nashville 7 | Midstate Preps Plus

Who Ya Got? Week 9 picks are live | Midstate Preps Plus

James Moore ties 38-year-old TSSAA record with 56 carries in Stratford’s win over East Nashville | Tennessean

Tennessee high school football statewide predictions for Week 9 | Tennessean

Top 10 Nashville area high school football games for Week 9 | Tennessean

Oakland football to honor Jack Jones, O. Tom Johns with hall of fame nod | Daily News Journal

Football Preview: WillCo’s oldest rivalry heads to Franklin as Rebels host Brentwood | Williamson Herald

Football Preview: Summit’s trip to Shelbyville looms large; Page, Nolensville face big games | Williamson Herald

VANDERBILT ORTHOPAEDIC GAME OF THE WEEK: Brentwood, Franklin reunite for rivalry | Williamson Home Page

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Nolensville, Summit have challenges ahead, Ravenwood home | Williamson Home Page

Tigers, Eagles set to renew rivalry | Columbia Daily Herald

Of locks and bubbles: Analyzing Clarksville area football teams’ playoff hopes | The Leaf Chronicle

Trousdale County tames storm, downs Portland | Hartsville Vidette

PICK ‘EM: Russell’s Week 9 Robertson predictions | Robertson County Connection

Week 9 Rutherford County High School Football Preview | Murfreesboro Post

Week 9 Rutherford County High School Football Picks | Murfreesboro Post

Sumner County Week 9 Picks and Previews | Gallatin News

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