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Week 7 preview: Division II-AA showdown highlights schedule

Photo by Tom Thomson

The majority of the Week 7 schedule is made up of games that do not stand out. Three schools play out-of-district games, two others play teams with losing records, and two schools have off weeks.

Two games Friday night stand apart from the others though – one an intra-county Division II-AA match up and the other a battle atop District 12-AA.

Battle Ground Academy
looks to right the ship this week at Brentwood Academy. The Wildcats (4-3, 1-3) opened the season with four-consecutive wins before dropping three in a row to league teams. Their most recent loss came at McCallie, 41-6.

“We’re trying to bounce back,” BGA coach Roc Batten said. “We did not play well last week so we’re looking forward to the contest. Anytime you play inside Division II – especially inside the county – it gets exciting.”

BGA will look to get their running game back on track against an athletic Eagle defense. Senior running back Keenan Bass had over 100 yards in each of the team’s four wins while not reaching the mark in their losses.

Batten believes several things will help Bass get his yardage, including better blocking up front and an improved passing threat.

“We’ve got to do a better job blocking up front and create some seams,” the coach said. “The last few weeks, defenses have done a good job holding him in check. We’ve got to get him some opportunities to make plays up front.”

BA (5-1, 3-0) poses a threat with both size and team speed. The Eagles have multiple threats on offense as four players have double-digit catches this season.

University of Southern California commit Jalen Ramsey leads the team with 13 catches and five touchdowns. His average catch goes for a 25-yard gain.

is looking for redemption this week in their road contest at Giles County.

The Yellow Jackets (5-2, 4-1) suffered only two regular season losses from 2010 through 2011. Both came at the hands of the Bobcats.

Last year’s game finished 15-14 while 2010 was a 20-14 decision. Expect Friday night to be a little higher scoring.

Giles County (6-0, 4-0) comes in averaging 45.67 points per game this season while Fairview is fresh off scoring 62 points against Marshall County – one point shy of their single-game record.

Fairview will look to contain Bobcat quarterback Al Cobb. Cobb threw for five touchdowns while rushing for an additional two last week in their 50-8 win over Spring Hill.

home game against Cane Ridge looks like a challenge on the surface. The District 12-AAA team comes to Williamson County with a 6-1, 4-0 record. They had five total wins in school history prior.

Cane Ridge’s schedule has been far from difficult though as their six wins have come against teams with a combined 10-30 record. Their lone loss came to Father Ryan, 23-14.

The Cougars (3-3, 1-2) are looking to bounce back themselves following three-consecutive losses.

Quarterback J.J. Tomlin leads Williamson County signal callers in both yards and touchdowns. His 1215 yards passing is 300 better than the next closest player – Page’s Zak Mizell.

Following a bye week, Mizell looks to lead the Patriots (4-2, 4-0) to their fifth-consecutive victory this season against East Hickman. Page has not won five in a row since 2003.

Page has never lost to the Eagles in three previous meetings. East Hickman (3-4, 1-4) is improved this season though, equaling their high in single-season wins already.

Look for Mizell to continue to spread the ball around to multiple receivers on Friday as 17 Patriot receivers have recorded catches in 2012 – a county high.

looks to build off their first win of the 2012 season against District 7-AAA’s Oakland.

The Raptors (1-5, 1-2) edged out Franklin 20-14 in overtime last week while the Patriots (4-3, 1-2) lost to Siegel 35-0 – the first time they have been shut out since the opening game of the 2007 season.

Ravenwood’s quarterback situation will be an interesting one as Avery Jankowski relieved an injured Connor Rietveld against Franklin and led the team to victory behind 6-of-7 passing for 83 yards and 58 rushing yards.

continues their season Friday by hosting Lawrence County. The Rebels (4-3, 1-2) beat the Wildcats 53-0 in 2011.

Lawrence County (2-5, 0-4) narrowly fell to Shelbyville 49-42 last week.

Franklin’s rushing attack looks to be back as Colton Morrison ran for 164 yards against Ravenwood after being limited in prior games with nagging injuries.

looks to get their second District 12-AA win in school history this week at Marshall County.

The Spartans and Tigers have matching 2-4, 1-3 records while Marshall County’s only wins have come against Coffee County and Spring Hill – both schools with 0-6 records.

Summit quarterback Dee Hunter has become a regular Williamson County’s top rushers list, ranking as the fifth-best back with 552 yards and seven touchdowns.

Posted on: 10/3/2012


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