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Bruins, Cougars both looking for first win

Centennial knew they would be looking for their first win over Brentwood in Week Two this season.  Observers never expected the Cougars would be looking for their first win of the year.  Ditto for Brentwood.

Centennial's Deon Sanders
Brentwood's Aaron Maher
But in the brave new world that has become District 11-AAA, the first win of the year for both teams will be on the line tomorrow night when the Bruins visit Centennial.

Centennial (0-2, 0-0) was expected to be an early leader out of the gate, needing to find help at quarterback.  While Owen Roth, one of three potential field generals in the Cougar stable, seemed to solidify his role last week against Overton (14-of 27, 126 yards), and Deon Sanders (288 yards rushing in two games) has established himself as the workhorse out of the backfield.

Multiple injuries have decimated Centennial, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  The Cougars have given up more than 850 yards on the ground in two games, the majority of the total on a couple of handfuls of big plays.

Brentwood (0-2, 0-0), under new head coach Mike Woodward, dropped a 17-14 decision on the road to Division II power CPA and played well against Rutherford County power Blackman before being run over in the second half of a 38-28 contest last Thursday night.  The Bruins are well equipped at quarterback with senior Aaron Maher having completed 39 of 55 passes in the first two games.   Jalen Marsalis has caught 19 of those passes, picking up 150 yards and scoring three times.

BGA (1-1, 0-1) hosts Goodpasture (1-1, 0-0) as the Wildcats honor the tenth anniversary of the 2003 championship squad.  Hopefully that team will bring a lift to the Wildcats, who dropped a disappointing 24-7 decision to Father Ryan last week.
Brentwood Academy (2-0, 0-0) will travel to Father Ryan (1-1, 0-0), the first district contest for each.  Quarterback Tyler Swafford has already thrown for 376 yards and 7 touchdowns, hitting 29 of 35 attempts, with C.J. Sanders (9 catches, 174 yards, 4 TD’s) his favorite target.

The county’s most prolific thrower, Zak Mizell, leads Page (1-1, 0-0) on a third straight road trip, opening the District 12-AA season in Lewisburg at Marshall County (0-2, 0-0).    Mizell has thrown for nearly 700 yards in the first two games, throwing an average of 47 times a game.  The Patriots are averaging almost 35 points per game.

Balance has led Fairview (2-0, 0-0) to a match-up with Stewart County (2-0, 0-0) in Dover that is expected to go a long way towards deciding the district title.  Camden was picked to win the top spot, but Fairview sent them back west of the Tennessee River with a loss.  Picked to finish second, the Yellow Jackets are now in the driver’s seat in District 11-AA.

Undefeated Ravenwood gets a week off before traveling to LaVergne.

Posted on: 9/5/2013


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