End of season for some; prep for new one for others
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Caleb Hollis saw action for Independence last week after recovering from a mid-season injury. Hollis threw for 132 yards while sharing time with Andrew Bunch. The Eagles now have two solid quarterbacks as they look for an improved play-off seed at Brentwood tomorrow night.
Photo by Derby Jones
The final game of the regular season tomorrow will be end of the road for some teams, while others will regroup for the start of the play-offs.
No matter the situation, for seniors on the team, the cheerleading squads and those in the band, the last one is always special.
Ensworth at Brentwood Academy
This could be a major statement game for the Eagles (6-3, 3-2 Div. II AA). After a near historic three-game losing streak in the middle of the season, Coach Cody White’s charges have reeled off three impressive wins as they fight for seeding in post-season play.
Ensworth (8-0, 5-0 Div. II AA), the three-time defending state champs, had their closest scare of the year last week at Baylor and may not relish the trip to Brentwood. The Eagles have not forgotten the last second touchdown that ran the score up last year at Ensworth on national TV.
FRA at BGA
The Wildcats have quietly gone about their business this year, posting a 6-3 record overall and sitting 2-0 in Division II-A East/Middle. FRA (5-4 overall) are also undefeated in the region, setting this game up as more than important for seeding and bracketing for the play-offs.
Independence at Brentwood
In years past, Independence (6-3, 4-1 Dist. 11-AAA) would be lying in wait to spoil Brentwood’s season. This year, it’s the other way around.
The Eagles under Scott Blade have locked themselves into the second spot in the district, guaranteeing a play-off nod and can improve their seeding with a win over the Bruins (3-6, 3-2 Dist. 11-AAA). Brentwood, under first year coach Mike Woodward, the third coach in three years, was hindered by early injuries and a brutal schedule.
If they can find a way to contain RaShaad Gaulden and Vic Wharton III, a win would send them into the off-season with a great deal of momentum.
Ravenwood at Summit
The Raptors (8-1, 5-0 Dist. 11-AAA) were picked near the bottom of District 11-AAA in the preseason then opened with a 55-6 win over Stewarts Creek to open some eyes. Their last two wins, one-pointers sealed by a blocked kicked on the last play, have made them district champions under first year coach Will Hester.
The Spartans (1-8, 0-5) started the season with high hopes despite moving into the state’s highest classification and second toughest district. But those hopes were deflated, leading Scott Keasler, who started the program three years ago, establishing traditions and direction, to announce his resignation several weeks ago, effective at the end of this game.
Waverly at Fairview
The Yellow Jackets (8-1, 6-1 Dist. 11-AA) are in the play-offs and hoping to keep focus on Senior Night against a Waverly team (1-8, 0-7 Dist. 11-AA) that should be a tune-up. Garrett Wall and Dreshad Moore are both legitimate all-state candidates and Nic Harvey is a threat both on the ground and through the air.
Page at Spring Hill
The Patriots are in the fight of their lives for a play-off spot as a wild card. Page (4-5, 1-3 Dist. 12-AA) was still in the top 32 in the state last week, but the loss to Fairview will have to be erased with a big win on the road at Spring Hill. The Raiders (1-8, 0-4 Dist. 12-AA) have nothing to lose and would enjoying nothing more than to make sure Page joins them Monday in packing away the equipment until next year.
Posted on: 10/30/2013