A big second quarter led to Nolensville’s first Region 4-4A win of the season on Friday at Spring Hill.
The Knights (3-0, 1-0) found themselves trailing the Raiders (0-3, 0-1) 7-0 after the first quarter, then rattled off four touchdowns in the second, eventually winning 35-7.
It’s the first 3-0 start in Nolensville’s short three-year history. It started 4-1 last season, losing to Page in Week 2.
The Knights didn’t look like they were on their way to 3-0 early on, as Ryder Galardi’s first thrown interception of the season led to Spring Hill’s only touchdown midway through the first quarter. The visiting team seemed to wake up from there, though.
Nolensville got on the board with a Galardi-to-Tim Coutras touchdown strike early in the second quarter, then the duo added a second score just a few minutes later to get the Knights a lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Coutras was everywhere for Nolensville both offensively and defensively. He caught five passes for 78 yards and two TDs on offense, and led the Knights on defense with five tackles, one going for a loss, and two interceptions. He now has four receiving touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.
Samson Johnson and Ryan Pistulka added rushing touchdowns to close out the second quarter before Galardi threw his third TD pass, this time to Ben Coggin, in the third.
Galardi finished 12-of-21 passing for 139 yards, three touchdowns and an INT. Pistulka had 88 yards on 13 carries, and Johnson had five rushes for 54 yards.
Nolensville gets a bye before putting its undefeated record up against Region 4-4A foe Lawrence County at home on Sept. 20.
Fairview 34, Cheatham County 6
Logan Nardozzi continued his impressive start to the season for Fairview (2-1, 1-0) against Cheatham County (1-2, 0-1) on Friday.
The junior scored on a 58-yard rush just a minute and a half into the game, then added a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter in the Yellow Jackets’ 34-6 win.
He went into the game averaging 120 yards per outing with three touchdowns.
Fairview, which also captured its first region win of the year, will conclude a three-game road trip at Waverly in Week 4 before returning home against Sycamore in a Region 6-3A contest.