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Oakland players celebrate with the Class 6A state championship trophy Saturday evening.

Oakland football left no doubt.

The Patriots are the best high school team in the Nashville area, the best team in Tennessee and one of the best teams in the country.

Coach Kevin Creasy’s squad capped a perfect 15-0 season with a 43-26 victory over Summit in the TSSAA Class 6A BlueCross Bowl on Saturday in Chattanooga.

For that reason, Oakland remained the No. 1 team in the final Main Street Preps Top 25 rankings – a position it held every week since the preseason.

Oakland’s 25 seniors helped the Patriots to titles in 2018, 2020, 2021 and a runner-up finish in 2019.

“Our senior class has been part of three state championships. You don’t hear about that happening very often,” Creasy said. “A lot of credit goes to our top seniors. We talked about leaving a legacy and making history. They did it last week by beating Maryville in a home playoff game for the first time in 21 years, I think. But we said the chapter’s not finished, you’ll have to finish it in Chattanooga.”

Along with Maryville, Oakland’s grueling schedule this season included wins over No. 2 Lipscomb Academy, No. 3 Summit, No. 4 CPA, No. 8 Hendersonville, No. 10 Lebanon and No. 12 Riverdale. The Patriots also defeated Class 1A state champion South Pittsburg and Midsouth Association of Independent Schools Class 6A champion Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Mississippi).

Here is the final Main Street Preps Top 25 of the season (last week’s position in parentheses):

1. (1) Oakland 15-0

Championship: W, 43-26 vs. Summit

2. (2) Lipscomb Academy 12-1

Championship: W, 27-0 vs. CPA

3. (3) Summit 14-1

Championship: L, 43-26 vs. Oakland

4. (4) CPA 11-3

Championship: L, 27-0 vs. Lipscomb Academy

5. (6) Tullahoma 15-0

Championship: W, 21-14 vs. Elizabethton

6. (5) MBA 9-4

Championship: L, 28-7 vs. McCallie

7. (7) Ravenwood 10-3

Quarterfinals: L, 48-28 at Summit

8. (8) Hendersonville 10-4

Semifinals: L, 28-7 vs. Summit

9. (9) Pearl-Cohn 11-2

Quarterfinals: L, 21-7 at Tullahoma

10. (10) Lebanon 11-2

Quarterfinals: L, 45-20 vs. Oakland

11. (11) Pope Prep 8-5

Semifinals: L, 47-7 at McCallie

12. (12) Riverdale 10-2

Round 2: L, 30-17 at Lebanon

13. (14) Page 13-2

Championship: L, 42-34 vs. Powell

14. (13) Brentwood Academy 7-4

Quarterfinals: L, 24-21 vs. Pope Prep

15. (15) Ensworth 7-4

Round 1: L, 21-13 vs. Baylor

16. (16) Father Ryan 7-5

Quarterfinals: L, 42-35 at McCallie

17. (17) East Nashville 10-5

Championship: L, 45-14 vs. Alcoa

18. (18) Brentwood 7-5

Round 2: L, 21-3 at Summit

19. (19) Beech 9-4

Quarterfinals: L, 34-14 at Hendersonville

20. (20) Springfield 10-3

Quarterfinals: L, 23-0 vs. Henry County

21. (21) Green Hill 11-2

Quarterfinals: L, 31-14 vs. Page

22. (23) DCA 12-1

Championship: W, 31-7 vs. Nashville Christian

23. (22) BGA 6-6

Quarterfinals: L, 35-28 at Lausanne

24. (24) Nashville Christian 11-3

Championship: L, 31-7 vs. DCA

25. (25) Davidson Academy 8-5

Semifinals: L, 35-0 at Lipscomb Academy

BLUECROSS BOWL RESULTS

Thursday, Dec. 3:

Division II-AA championship

Lipscomb Academy 27, CPA 0

Division II-A championship

DCA 31, Nashville Christian 7

Division II-AAA championship

McCallie 28, MBA 7

Friday, Dec. 4:

Class 3A championship

Alcoa 45, East Nashville 14

Class 1A championship

South Pittsburg 24, McKenzie 21

Class 5A championship

Powell 42, Page 34

Saturday, Dec. 5:

Class 4A championship

Tullahoma 21, Elizabethton 14

Class 2A championship

Westview 55, Hampton 14

Class 6A championship

Oakland 43, Summit 26

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