Just like Christmas prep football finally gets here
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
It’s been a long time since that cold Saturday night in November in Cookeville. There has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears since then, but the slate is clean for everybody. Now we’ll find out what Santa thinks.
The time for high school football has finally arrived in Williamson County.
Two teams stand to gain some redemption. Fairview started and ended their season last year at the same place–Cheatam County. The Cubs upset Fairview in the first game of the year as the Yellow Jackets gave up 14 points in the final 12 minutes. Thirteen weeks later, Cheatam County sent the Jackets packing with a 36-21 win in the second round of the TSSAA Class 3A play-offs in Ashland City.
“I guess I’m just hard headed,” said Fairview coach, and scheduler, Chris Hughes. “If you beat us, we want another chance.”
Further north, Brentwood Academy will be looking to excise some demons of their own, hosting a Memphis University School team that ripped the heart of the Eagles out with a 46-45 last second win. The Owls scored16 points in the fourth quarter, including a 96-yard touchdown pass and a 38-yard field goal as time expired. The Eagles will be looking to make amends for that disappointment in the second round of the play-offs.
Centennial also goes on the road, seeking to avenge a hard fought loss to Clarksville Northeast in the second round of last year’s championship series. The Cougars will be searching for not only a win, but a replacement for graduated quarterback JJ Tomlin. Coach Brian Rector has indicated that as many as three different signal callers could see action.
Ravenwood, rejuvenated under first year head coach Will Hester, is the last of three teams to open at home when they welcome first year school Stewarts Creek from Rutherford County. The Red Hawks were forced to start in the top 6A category due to enrollment, but landed veteran coach David Martin in the process. Stewarts Creek has surprising size and speed for a first year team.
Pre-season District 11-AAA favorite Brentwood opens on the road, but only slightly. The Bruins and new head coach Mike Woodward will ease up Hillsboro Road to face Christ Presbyterian Academy in what should be a good game. It will be the first chance for the Bruin faithful to get a good look at an unfamiliar wide open offensive game plan.
Summit opens its first season in Class 5A with a test at Spring Hill. The Spartans won three games last year, one of them a 28-14 win over Spring Hill. Neighbor Independence welcomes new coach Scott Blade with a trip to Kenwood and Page visits Lipscomb Academy, where the Mustangs will be honoring long time coach Glenn McAdams, who passed away over the off-season.
BGA hosts Coffee County in their first game in Division II-A.
The Franklin Rebels have an usual off week in Week Zero, giving the Rebels an extra week to prepare for a trip to Clarksville Northeast for their first game of the season next Friday night.
Posted on: 8/22/2013