Itís the most wonderful time of the year -- And we ainít talkiní Christmas
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
For football fans, tonight marks the beginning of five months of wonderful, stretching through the college season to the NFL’s Super Bowl. And the local high school schedule opens it up with a bang.
Three schools are looking for revenge against teams that ended the season for them last year.
Centennial will travel to Clarksville Northeast, the scene of an all-out scoring demonstration that found the Cougars on the short end of the final score in the second round of the TSSAA play-offs for a second straight year.
Brentwood Academy will host Memphis University School at Vanderbilt Stadium in a rematch of a game in Memphis last year that was a classic. The Eagles controlled the game for 40 of the 48 minutes before the Owls woke up late, scored 16 points in the final eight minutes and pulled out a 46-45 win over BA.
Cheatham County rolls into Fairview with a swagger as the only team to beat the Yellow Jackets twice last season. The Cubs pulled the upset in the first game of the year, then ended Fairview’s season with a win in the second round of the play-offs.
As three schools look for revenge, three open new coaching eras. Brentwood goes on the road to face neighbor Christ Presbyterian Academy in Mike Woodward’s first game at the helm of the Bruins. Woodward brings a wide-open offense to a traditionally conservative run-based attack, but has been a winner at every stop in career with the plan.
Former Brentwood assistant Will Hester opens his tenure as the head guy at Ravenwood, taking over a team that has struggled over the past several years. His intense positive attitude has spilled over to the team in pre-season camps and scrimmages and the Raptors get the chance to put that intensity on display tonight while hosting Stewarts Creek High School, the first year school from Rutherford County.
Many eyes will be on Independence, where the Eagles travel to Kenwood with a new head coach in Scott Blade and three SEC-signees. The talents of Vic Wharton, Rashaan Gaulden and Finis Stribling are without question, but how that much talent can blend with the rest of a 22-man team will be the key to a deep run by the Eagles. Blade has plenty of experience with high-octane athletes and should be able to fine tune the mix.
The three remaining teams seeing action tonight all have to travel. BGA gets the frequent miles award, going to Coffee County to open the season. Summit gets the shortest trip of night, visiting a Spring Hill team the Spartans knocked off last year, while Page travels to Nashville to take on what will be an emotional Lipscomb Academy team. The Lipscomb community will be honoring long-time coach Glenn McAdams, who passed away suddenly during the off-season.
The Rebels of Franklin get an extra week to prepare, skipping Week Zero competition to play a traditional 10-week season.
Posted on: 8/22/2013