Fairview, Page, Centennial hold down the fort Friday
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
It’s a big week for travel for local high school football teams as only Fairview, Page and Centennial get to play on the friendly confines of their home turf.
Independence (3-2, 1-1 Dist. 11-AAA) at Blackman (5-0, 3-0 Dist. 7-AAA)
A win here would be a tremendous boost for Coach Scott Blade and his Eagles. Indy lost a hard-fought contest with district rival Ravenwood. Should the Eagles fall in Rutherford County to even the record at 3-3, their losses would be to teams with a combined 12-1 record going into the night.
Brentwood (2-3, 1-1 Dist. 11-AAA) at Oakland (5-0, 3-0 Dist. 7-AAA)
The Bruins were sent reeling early with three straight losses, including the first ever to Centennial. New coach Mike Woodward said then it was time to get back to basics and that approach has Brentwood on a two-game winning streak, a wild see-saw match against highly regarded Hendersonville 35-31 and a 33-3 district win over Dickson County. Led by Gateway Tire Player of the Week Aaron Maher, the road is tougher at Oakland, a team giving up barely 11 points per game.
Ravenwood (4-0, 1-0 Dist. 11-AAA) at Overton (4-0, 2-0 Dist. 12-AAA)
This is another big test for Coach Will Hester’s Raptors, especially following the emotional win over Independence last week. Avery Jankowski will need to continue to find Van Jefferson, who has two-thirds of Ravenwood’s receiving yardage.
The Rowland brothers, Seth and Chris, are only 17 markers apart in rushing yardage and will need to help open the passing game.
Overton already owns a solid win over Centennial, thanks in part to the running of Justin Martin who is averaging almost 170 yards a game. This could turn into a battle, with Ravenwood averaging over 40 points a game and Overton giving up eight.
Summit (1-4, 0-2 Dist. 11-AAA) at Stewarts Creek (0-5, 0-2 Dist. 9-AAA)
Summit hopes to get back to winning, traveling to first year program Stewarts Creek. The Spartans understand too well the position the Red Hawks are in, having to play a varsity schedule the first year the school opened.
Quarterback Dee Hunter has been the bulk of the Summit offense, rushing for 648 yards and throwing for 136 more. It could be a good night for the team from Spring Hill as Stewarts Creek is giving up 50 points per game.
Brentwood Academy (2-3, 0-2 Div II-AA M/E) at Johnson City Science Hill (3-1, 1-0 Dist. 1-AAA
Brentwood Academy is on nearly an unheard of three game losing streak and hasn’t lost four in a row since the early ‘70’s. Science Hill is searching for an identity after beating David Crockett 90-21 three weeks ago and before losing at Siegel 64-38 last week. BA will be looking for Tyler Swafford, who has already thrown for 960 yards, to help stop the streak.
BGA (3-1, 0-0 Div II-A M/E) at Pope John Paul II (2-3, 0-3 Div II-AA E/M)
Unlike last year, this game doesn’t count in the race to the state play-offs as BGA dropped back to the single-A classification this year. But that won’t stop the intensity of what has become a running rivalry. If Cole Grosvenor, who started last week, gets hot, the Wildcats could roll up a lot of points against a team that gives up 37 per game.
East Hickman (2-2, 1-2 Dist. 11-AA) at Fairview (5-0, 4-0 Dist. 11-AA)
The Yellow Jackets have run through their new district like a hot knife through butter so far, knocking out the preseason first and third contenders. It’s homecoming at Fairview so Coach Chris Hughes will have to keep his charges focused. Look for QB Hunter Zimmerman and Garrett Wall, who leads the team in both rushing yardage and tackles, to have big nights.
Forrest (3-2, 1-1 Dist. 9-A) at Page (1-3, 0-2 Dist. 12-AA)
The Patriots are hoping for a big game to get them ready for the rest of the district schedule and a possible run at the play-offs. Zak Mizell is throwing the ball 40 times a game and already has 1,138 yards in the air. Michael Roberts will be looking to add to his team leading 219 yards rushing.
Mt. Juliet (3-2, 2-1 Dist. 9-AAA) at Centennial (3-2, 2-0 Dist. 11-AAA)
Though technically at the top of District 11-AAA, opening losses to Clarksville Northeast and Overton still grate on the Cougars. Mt. Juliet will be the first real test since the Cougars’ first ever win over Brentwood three weeks ago when Deon Sanders established himself as one of the best running backs in the mid-state. Centennial will need big nights defensively from leading tackler Bryce Whitman as well as Kevon Prince, Joey Johnson and Tyrel Dodson among others to improve the overall record.
Posted on: 9/26/2013