Desmond Smith and Kevin Townsel both displayed their speed and athleticism in Centennial’s 37-24 Week 2 victory over visiting Smyrna Friday in Franklin.
Smith rushed for two touchdowns and 198 yards, while Townsel returned a kickoff for a TD and also had an interception return for another score to lead the Cougars, who improved to 1-1 overall.
Smyrna produced several big plays as well, though.
Despite a late score from the Bulldogs Zereoue Johnson, Townsel iced the contest when he intercepted Tavien Tigg and ran back 45 yards for the pick-6 and 37-18 Centennial lead with 2:59 to play.
Smith had opened the scoring with 8:16 to play in the first frame when he plunged into the end zone. Townsel made it 14-0 when he broke loose for an 86-yard touchdown run with 1:14 left in the frame.
Connor Potts connected on a 27-yard field goal for the home team, but the Bulldogs responded with a 46-yard touchdown run by Jamir Eaton and a safety as time expired in the first half to pull within 17-9. Another big Smyrna play came at the start of the second half when Emerson Combs scored on a 95-yard kickoff return to lift the visitors within 17-15 10 seconds into the third.
Townsel immediately responded with his own kickoff return – this one spanning 89 yards – as Centennial got back on track.
The Cougars travel to Independence for their second Region 6-6A contest of the season in Week 3. Centennial fell 49-21 at Ravenwood in Week 1. The trip to face the Eagles next week begins three consecutive road games for Centennial.
Brentwood 37, Cane Ridge 20
Brentwood’s Cade Granzow threw one touchdown and ran in another in the fourth quarter as the Bruins pulled away at Cane Ridge for a 37-20 Week 2 victory Friday.
After the home-standing Ravens pulled with 23-20 on a Adonai Mitchell touchdown run – his second of the game – to start the fourth, Granzow capped a scoring drive with a 3-yard toss to Aaron Walton with 6:53 to play. With two minutes to play, Granzow sealed the win with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone.
The junior quarterback completed 15-of-28 passes for 167 yards and four TDs with one interception. He also rushed for 33 yards and the one score on 11 carries.
Granzow and Walton’s first scoring connection also thwarted Cane Ridge momentum at the end of the first half. The Ravens returned a kickoff 97 yards to take a 13-10 lead with 2:19 to play in the second quarter. Granzow ended the next Brentwood possession with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Walton with just 20 seconds left in the half to regain the lead.
He tossed a TD to Garner Jones midway through the third to build a 24-13 lead for the visitors.
Walton finished with four catches for 54 yards and the two TDs. Jones (4-40-1) and Luke Walters (3-33) were also favorite targets. Walters finishes with 41 yards on the ground as well, while sophomore Scott Collins gained 48 yards on seven carries.
Cane Ridge had won the last two meetings between the two teams, including a 2017 Class 6A second-round matchup.
Brentwood, which opened with a 9-6 overtime win against Montgomery Bell Academy in Week 1, will open Region 6-6A play at home against Dickson County. The Cougars have been shutout in both games to open the season getting outscored 38-0.
Brentwood 37, Cane Ridge 20
BHS – 3 14 7 13 – 37
CRHS – 0 13 0 7 – 20
1Q 0:13 B – Thomas Day 40 FG;
2Q 7:27 CR – Adonai Mitchell 5 run (Tommy Domingo kick);
2Q 2:36 B – Karson Dreier 16 pass from Cade Granzow (Day kick);
2Q 2:19 CR – Ty’Roid Good 97 kickoff return (kick failed);
2Q 0:20 B – Aaron Walton 1 pass from Granzow (Day kick);
3Q 7:38 B – Garner Jones 4 pass from Granzow (Day kick);
4Q 11:37 CR – Mitchell 15 run (Domingo kick);
4Q 6:53 B – Walton 3 pass from Granzow (Day kick);
4Q 2:00 B – Granzow 1 run (kick failed).