Fall break keeps games jumping this week
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Fall break in Williamson County has teams working on short weeks as several teams have moved their games to tonight. Brentwood and Fairview, both coming off tough district loses, get a break with their off-week scheduled for tomorrow night.
Dickson County at Ravenwood-Thursday night
At the start of the season the “experts” would have hard pressed to guess that these two teams would go in opposite directions at this point in the season, Ravenwood (6-1, 2-0) would be the one with the most to lose when Dickson County (1-6, 1-2) came calling.
But the Raptors own a share of the lead in District 11-AAA under new head coach Will Hester, becoming an offensive machine, leading in the district in scoring at nearly 39 points per game. Avery Jankowski has been more than solid at quarterback and an improved offensive line has both given him time to find Van Jefferson and Austin Percy and opened some big holes for Rowland brothers Chris and Seth.
The defense has been equally improved, allowing just over 19 points per game, second only to co-leader Franklin.
Dickson County has struggled after playing Franklin close early in the season. The Cougars are coming off a convincing road win over Summit.
Franklin at Summit-Thursday Night
Donnie Webb’s Rebels (6-0, 2-0) passed their first major district test last Friday night, defeating archrival Brentwood in a classic see-saw match up. Tonight, they make their first visit to Summit (1-6, 0-3) as a member of the district.
Franklin will continue to rely on junior quarterback Joe Critchlow to distribute the ball to leading rushers Colton Black (87 carries, 535 yards) and Malik Grimes (50 carries, 332 yards). When the run is blocked, he has a bevy of receivers to choose from including Ben Hagaman (13 receptions, 215 yards) and Tony Flemister (14 receptions, 198 yards).
The Spartans are reeling from six straight losses, including a 52-28 loss to first year program Stewarts Creek two weeks ago that was followed by the announcement that head coach Scott Keasler was resigning effective at the end of the year. Senior quarterback Dee Hunter (980 yards rushing, 216 yards passing) has accounted for over 65 percent of the team’s offensive yardage.
Brentwood Academy's C.J. Sanders, one of the leading receivers in the mid-state, will be looking for daylight tomorrow night against McCallie. Sanders already has 28 catches for 474 yards and nine touchdowns. Submitted
BGA at Webb School of Knoxville
The Wildcats (4-2, 1-0 Div. II-A M/E) rolled over Davidson Academy last week but will find the sledding tougher in Knoxville. Webb (4-2, 2-0 Div. II-A M/E) brings the best defensive unit in Div. II-A to the table, blowing out their last three opponents by a combined 123-29. Webb’s only losses have come to the state’s top ranked Class 6-A team, Maryville and Div. II-AA member Baylor.
Coach Roc Batten has a large number of weapons in his arsenal. Ronald Cleveland is averaging 9.4-yards per carry and Terrell Webster has 243 yards on the season. BGA also has the luxury of a pair of quarterbacks to call on, as Tucker Beathard has thrown for 481 yards and Cole Grosvenor for 371. Both have rushed for about 150 yards.
McCallie at Brentwood Academy
Brentwood Academy (4-3, 1-2 Div. II-AA E/M) has shaken off an uncharacteristic 3-game losing streak, paddling Science Hill 45-0 and Pope John Paul II 56-6, in the past two weeks with both games on the road.
McCallie (3-4, 1-2 Div. II-AA E/M), led by former Eagle head coach Ralph Potter, comes into the game fighting a four-game slide of their own, including last week’s loss to cross-town rival Chattanooga Baylor.
Tyler Swafford, last week’s Gateway Tire Player of the Week, has been throwing like a madman, gaining 1,463-yards in the air for 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions. C.J. Sanders has been his favorite target, catching 28 passes for 474 yards and nine scores. Shon Lumpkin leads the ground game with 370 yards, just 21 more than Shawn Brashers.
Posted on: 10/10/2013