The Battle Ground Academy football team survived a late comeback attempt from Nashville Christian Friday to snap a two-game losing skid.
The Wildcats, who improved to 2-2 overall, raced out to a 28-7 lead in the third quarter, but the Eagles (2-1) wouldn’t give in that easily. They scored twice in the final frame, the final coming with 2:06 left to cut the lead to 28-21. BGA held on over the last couple minutes to secure the victory.
Brett Brown led the way for BGA through the air. After Nashville Christian got the scoring started in the first quarter with a 32-yard passing strike of its own, Brown took over and led the Wildcats to 28 unanswered points with four TDs thrown to four different receivers.
His first scoring toss was to Austin Ford for 6 yards, and the remaining three were big strikes of 44, 49 and 58 yards to Holt Adams, Sean Williams and Devin McLemore, respectively.
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Brown finished 12-for-18 passing for 262 yards and four TDs. Williams caught three balls for 106 yards, while McLemore, Adams and Holt each had one catch.
Nashville Christian was able to get back into the game on the strength of its running attack, in particular Josh Strickland. The back only had nine carries but took those for 129 yards. He scored both fourth-quarter touchdowns in the comeback attempt, the last going for 54 yards.
BGA gave up 228 total rushing yards to the Eagles, following another 264 surrendered in a loss to CPA the week prior.
The Wildcats will try to shore up that rushing defense next week when they play host to new region foe Davidson Academy.
Pope John Paul II 56, Independence 38
The Eagles fell behind 35-17 by halftime and couldn’t gain any more ground despite scoring three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter in a trip to Hendersonville Friday.
Independence faced its third Division II opponent this season after a lopsided 35-0 Region 7-6A opener at home against Centennial last week. And for the third time, Indy allowed at least 48 points.
Joseph Cummings completed 11-of-23 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Eagles, who had a better offensive performance. Jack Rummell hauled in touchdown passes of 80, 70 and seven yards to finished with four receptions and 167 yards receiving. River Katina also caught a touchdown, closing with three grabs for 125 yards.
Tre Hartwell added 132 yards on the ground on 13 carries with a TD for the Eagles, who host Franklin next week.
Brentwood Academy 19, Whitehaven 6
A dominant defense and powerful leg guided Brentwood Academy to a win over Whitehaven Friday in BA’s home opener.
The Eagles (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 19-6 victory and spoiled the drive back to Memphis for the Tigers (2-2), the 2018 Class 6A state runners-up.
Brentwood Academy didn’t give up an offensive touchdown to Whitehaven. The Tigers scored on a fumble recovery with 3:29 left in the first half, but the PAT was blocked.
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It was all BA from there, and kicker George Laster in particular.
Laster missed a field goal from 36 yards in the first quarter but made up for it in a big way. He cut Whitehaven’s lead in half with 15 seconds left in the second quarter on a 20-yarder, then hit from 44 yards twice and another from 38 yards in the second half. He finished with four field goals and an extra point.
Brentwood Academy also got on the board with a touchdown in the third quarter. Ian Scott capped a quick three-play drive with a 28-yard TD pass from Landon Wells, the third time this season the pair have connected for a score. Scott also leads the team with 242 yards and finished Friday with five catches for 73 yards.
Wells was 10-for-18 passing with 175 yards and the TD and added 41 yards on 11 carries.
Whitehaven only managed 194 total yards, and Isaiah Cane picked off Tigers quarterback William Carver twice in the second half. Reggie Reed and Davis Green had 1.5 sacks apiece for BA.
The Eagles will try to make it back-to-back wins with another home game next week against St. Benedict. The Eagles lost to St. George’s Friday to drop to 0-4.
Father Ryan 48, Cane Ridge 0
Ensworth 59, Nolensville 6
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