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Football: 'Border Battle' rivalry spices up opening week for Indy, Summit

Brentwood hosts MBA, Franklin travels to Siegel

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Border Battle

The annual Border Battle between Summit and Independence kicks off in Week 1 Friday night.

 

Summit coach Brian Coleman might be rethinking his scheduling choices just a bit, reflecting on opening the 2019 season with the “Border Battle,” pitting his Spartans against neighborhood archrival Independence.

“It seemed like a good idea at the time,” he said with a laugh, “when we trying to get Indy and Spring Hill on the schedule.”

The Eagles’ Scott Blade is a little more philosophical.

“Our whole schedule is filled with rivals," he said. "When we play Summit, it is always a great environment for high school football between two very good, well coached teams. Why not get started early?”

Expect to see changes in the Summit offense, according to Coleman.

The Spartans are making changes at the skill spots, as Destin Wade is solid at quarterback and twin brother Keaten Wade and Trey Hunter hold down the backfield. George Odimegwu moves to receiver at the slot position.

“He’s (Odimegwu) been our leading rusher for two years and now we’re going to move him to receiver,” Coleman lamented. “That’s not very smart. But it fits his skill set and he’ll be starting at safety. Keaton and Trey are bigger guys and they can take that beating in the line.”

The moves have been noticed by the Independence staff.

“They’ve got terrific players at the skill positions,” said Blade. “They’ve got playmakers who can make you look silly if you don’t contain them.”

But Indy is not without weapons of their own.

Senior Eathan Cash began his career at Summit and missed last year’s matchup due to injury, but if he’s on his game, Blade expects good things, especially with receivers like Chayce Bishop running routes.

“It’s a game to test ourselves and get a ‘ground zero’, so to speak, of where we are,” said Blade. “We are about where we should be going into Week 1. We’ll know for sure where we are after the game.”

Montgomery Bell Academy at Brentwood

With the full split of public-private schools this year, the opening game at Brentwood makes for an interesting contrast. 

The Big Red comes in having finished runner-up for the state title three of the past four years and are picked to again be near the top of the private school heap. The Bruins are coming off a 10-3 season with lots of question marks, and a brutal opening schedule that includes Region 5-6A favorite Cane Ridge.

Franklin at Siegel

The Rebels also open with question marks, but on the road at a Siegel squad that struggled to finish 3-7 last year. Franklin will be depending on a large, quick offensive line and the athletic abilities of new quarterback Guy Lipscomb to open the season on a positive note before hosting another Rutherford County squad, Riverdale, next week.

2019 Williamson Herald High School Football Media Guide

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