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Brentwood’s Oldham, Indy’s Campbell both earn Gateway Tire Athlete of the Week honors

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Brentwood High School senior Mary Oldham and Independence senior Jaxson Campbell were both selected as the latest Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sept. 19.

Oldham stepped into the lead role for the Lady Bruins volleyball team, which didn’t miss a beat despite having several players out of the lineup last week and the week before as Brentwood stayed unbeaten in District 12-AAA. Campbell scored all three touchdowns for the Eagles in a key Region 6-6A win at Franklin on Friday.

The two were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Gateway Tire & Service Center of Franklin. One male and one female athlete from Williamson County is selected and featured each week in the Williamson Herald.

Without the state’s reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in the lineup, Oldham stepped up as Brentwood’s primary weapon and the senior didn’t disappoint.

Last week, she rallied her teammates to a five-set comeback win at Ravenwood and collected career-highs of 31 kills and 18 digs to go with five blocks and three aces. Without fellow senior and Alabama commit Shaye Eggleston, Oldham reached double-figure kills in nine of 10 matches and also upped her numbers in digs, blocking and serving.

“She showed amazing leadership and pure grit as she took the reins for the Lady Bruins during the absence of five of her teammates,” Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell said. “It took a lot of confidence, courage and leadership. I’m so proud of Mary.”

Oldham added 10 kills and two aces in a sweep of Centennial last week as well and helped guide Brentwood to a local tournament title in Franklin as Brentwood once again reached full strength after some quarantining due to COVID-19 tracing.

Campbell has emerged as the do-all player for coach Scott Blade’s Eagles.

He had a hand in all three scores at Franklin in the 21-7 victory playing under center. Campbell also played safety and returned kicks. He closed with 180 yards passing with one touchdown and rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries with two more scores in the region win.

“Jaxson is our leader,” Blade said. “His enthusiasm both on and off the field is contagious.”

The veteran coach praised his senior QB for consistently making plays. Campbell leads the team with 409 yards rushing and seven touchdowns and 760 yards passing with eight TDs and just one interception this season.

“He is a special athlete,” Blade said. “With a player like that, you always have a chance.”

Campbell edged out Brentwood quarterback Cade Granzow, who scored four touchdowns in an overtime win at Ravenwood and Nolensville running back Samson Johnson, who rushed for a career-best 269 yards and four TDs in the Knight shutout win at Lawrence County to earn the Gateway Tire Male Athlete of the Week nod. 

Oldham was named the Gateway Tire Female Athlete of the Week over Brentwood runner Kaitlyn Vanderkolk, who set a cross country school record over the weekend, and Franklin soccer standout Margaret DeFranco, who netted two goals and had an assist in the Lady Admirals win at Summit.

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