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By TOMMY BRYAN
One and done is the mantra beginning tonight as three Wilson County prep football teams take part in the postseason playoffs. Mt. Juliet and Friendship Christian will be at home tonight while Watertown High will hit the road. Heres a look at tonights matchups.

Oakland (6-4) at Mt. Juliet (10-0)
Coach Roger Perrys undefeated Golden Bears earned a No. 1 seed in their bracket thanks to winning outright the District 9AAA championship after the first perfect season in the history of the football program.

Mt. Juliet is matched up with Oakland, a team the bears scrimmaged back in the preseason.

There are some things you can pick up from having matched up with them in the preseason, Coach Perry said, but but comparing that film to what Ive seen from their recent film -- I can see Oakland has certainly improved over the course of the season.

The winner of tonights 7 p.m. game will face the winner of the Overton - Siegel contest. Both teams sport records of 7-3.

If they keep winning, Mt. Juliet could play four consecutive playoff games at home.

Jackson County (6-4) at Friendship (7-3)
No. 4-seed Friendship Christian will host Region 4A rival Jackson County in a 7 p.m. game at Pirtle Field. JCHS lost 45-0 to the Commanders when the two played Sept. 16.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 13-6 win over Watertown while No. 7-ranked FCS rolled to a 58-7 win over Monterey.

JCHS enters the playoffs on a five-game win streak -- the longest stretch for the program since the 1981 season.

Tonights winner will travel to No. 1-seeded Trousdale County High next week.

Watertown (6-4) at Rockwood (6-4)
The Purple Tigers hope to break a four-game losing streak tonight as they travel to Roane County to battle Rockwood. Coach Gavin Websters crew opened the season 6-0, then dopped consecutive games to Friendship, Gordonsville, Trousdale County and Jackson County.

No. 3-seed Rockwood hammered Midway last week 49-0 while No. 6 Watertown lost 13-6 at Jackson County. Rockwood has won five of its last six contests.

Tonights winner will play at No. 2 Boyd-Buchanan next week.

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