Franklin sophomore Bergen Allee is joined by not one, but two males in this week’s Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week selections. Summit sophomore Keaten Wade and Ravenwood junior Junior Colson were named Gateway Tire co-Male Athletes of the Week for the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1.
Allee had an efficient outing to help lead the Lady Rebels to a 64-38 win over Antioch before the Thanksgiving holiday and was chosen as the Gateway Tire Female Athlete of the Week.
Wade scored two second-half touchdowns to help lead the Spartans into the Class 5A football championship with a 27-20 win over Dyer County, while Colson anchored a defense that slowed Houston in the Raptors 42-21 win to reach the Class 6A championship.
The three athletes were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Gateway Tire and Service Center of Franklin. One male and one female athlete from Williamson County is selected and featured each week in the Williamson Herald with the exception of this week’s shared male award.
Franklin girls basketball coach Jay Johnson called Allee and the Lady Rebels win against Antioch a showing of “turner the corner” in the early season.
“We looked a lot better as a team,” he said. “(Bergen) was one of the players who found some clean looks at the basket. She never really forces anything, but if they are there, she takes them and can knock them down.”
Allee scored a season-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including going 5-of-8 from 3-point range. The sophomore added six assists and two rebounds in the Franklin win. She’ll help lead the Lady Rebels in their District 11-AAA opener at Brentwood Friday.
Wade broke a 14-14 tie with an 80-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter of the the Spartans first semifinal appearance on Friday. Dyer County responded to pull within 21-20 and Wade closed the door with a 32-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
“He fought for every yard on offense with nasty field conditions,” Summit football coach Brian Coleman said of Wade’s “gritty” performance. “He played a great game defensively against both the run and pass and played every snap on both sides of the ball.”
Wade finished with 15 carries for 173 yards with more than 130 of those yards coming after the half. He added two tackles and was in on a sack-and-a-half defensively.
Wade and the Spartans will face Knoxville Central Friday night for the state championship.
Colson and the Raptors defense was tasked with slowing Class 6A Mr. Football winner Lincoln Pare, who entered Friday’s contest averaging more than 200 yards rushing per game with 38 touchdowns. Colson collected nine tackles and intercepted a pass in the win.
“Junior has had a heck of a postseason,” Ravenwood football coach Matt Daniels said. “He seems to be really blossoming as a sideline to sideline playmaker.”
“We joked about his interception because he’s been asking for the ball on offense lately and I told him he needed to take an INT to the house and then I’d consider it,” Daniels continued. “The turf monster got him and tripped him up on the return so we had a good laugh about that.”
Despite missing out on the pick-six, Daniels said Colson helps set the tone for the Ravenwood defense, which has guided the team back into the title game for the fifth time in school history.
Colson and the Raptors will battle Maryville for the state championship on Saturday in Cookeville.