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Week 11

Football Roundup: CPA beats FRA for region title; BA shuts out Ensworth

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Christ Presbyterian Academy achieved its fourth undefeated regular season in the Ingle Martin era on Friday night.

In dominant fashion, the Lions (10-0, 4-0) gave their head coach, who took over prior to the 2011 season, his second Division II-AA Middle Region title in as many years with a 31-10 win over visiting Franklin Road Academy (6-4, 2-2). 

It was the eighth straight win for CPA in the region since being reclassified there before the 2017 season. 

The Lions did all of their scoring in the first half and controlled the game with the strength of their defense. 

FRA finished with 232 total yards and four turnovers, two coming from Sean Casey interceptions. The Panthers fumbled five times and lost two of them, and wide receiver Lance Wilhoite, an Oregon commit, didn’t have a catch on six targets.

At the end of the first quarter, CPA held a 14-0 advantage after scoring through the air and on the ground.

Quarterback Ryan Eledge hit Bryce McCormick for a 9-yard touchdown to get things started, and 33 seconds later after a Panther turnover, Kane Patterson dove in from 4 yards out.

The Lions would add a third touchdown in the second quarter, Eledge’s second of three TD passes, before FRA got on the board with a 29-yard field goal.

Eledge’s final scoring toss came with just over two minutes left in the half, and a last-second CPA field goal extended its lead to 31-3 at halftime.

FRA added a fourth-quarter touchdown, but that’s all it could muster.

Eledge finished 14-of-23 passing for 179 yards, three TDs and an interception. His favorite target was Noah Henderson, who had five catches for 94 yards and a TD. 

Patterson, a Clemson commit, had 47 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Ethan Stewart had 58 yards on the ground for CPA.

The Panthers were led on offense by Brogan Wilson. He was tops on the team with 94 rushing yards and 67 receiving yards and had a touchdown. 

Casey was 7-of-23 passing for 134 yards and two INTs.

CPA, the top seed from the Middle Region, will host University School of Jackson (4-5) in the Division II-AA first round. FRA, which finished third in the region, will host Knoxville Grace (5-5).

Brentwood Academy 17, Ensworth 0

Two terrific defenses were at their best at Ensworth Friday, as Brentwood Academy got back to its winning ways in a slugfest.

Going in on a two-game losing streak following 24 wins in a row, the Eagles (8-2, 4-2) grabbed some momentum heading into the postseason with a 17-0 shutout over their rival Tigers (6-4, 3-3).

The three-time defending state champion BA will be the three seed out of the Division II-AAA East/Middle Region. It’ll have a bye in the first round, then will travel to Christian Brothers (8-2) in the quarterfinals.

Neither team wanted to give up the third seed in the region Friday, with the loser having to play a first-round game against Father Ryan.

In a game that saw only 137 total passing yards, the squads went right at each other in the trenches on a soggy, cold night in Nashville.

The Eagles proved to be better up front, sacking Ensworth quarterback Cole Kennon three times (43 sacks this season) and winning the rushing battle 249-95. 

Nothing moved on the scoreboard through the first half, as a scoreless draw lasted all the way until the 10:49 mark in the third quarter.

A 31-yard Tomario Pleasant dash to the end zone capped a 58-yard drive, and it seemed to ignite a little bit of offense from BA. Jordan James added a 9-yard rushing TD seven minutes later, and in the fourth quarter, a 26-yard field goal put the finishing touches on.

It was the second shutout of the season the Eagles, who are giving up 9.9 points per game. 

The Brentwood Academy defense forced two turnovers, one fumble recovery and interception apiece. The Eagles were led by Thomas Gore, who had 5.5 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery. He leads the team with 10 sacks this season.

Offensively, Pleasant paced BA with 115 rushing yards and a touchdown, while James had 91 rushing yards and a TD. 

Pleasant finished the regular season with 1,091 rushing yards and 17 TDs.

Battle Ground Academy 38, Lipscomb Academy 0

The regular season closed in shutout fashion for Battle Ground Academy on Friday.

For the second time this year, the Wildcats (8-2, 3-1) held an opponent scoreless, dominating Lipscomb Academy (2-8, 1-3) 38-0.

BGA enters the Division II-AA playoffs riding a four-game winning streak, its second this season. It allowed just 17 points over that span.

The Wildcats, the second seed out of the Middle Region, will host Silverdale Baptist Academy (5-5) in the first round of the postseason. The Seahawks are the fifth seed out of the East Region.

McCallie 40, Father Ryan 14

Father Ryan won’t enter the postseason the way it hoped.

The Fightin’ Irish (2-8, 0-6) fell 40-14 at home to McCallie (9-1, 5-1) on Friday to enter the Division II-AAA playoffs on a seven-game losing streak. 

The seven seed out of the East/Middle Region, Father Ryan will travel to Ensworth, the four seed, in the first round.

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