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Division I Playoffs

Football: Indy, Fairview, Nolensville cruise into second round

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A 23-point run gave Independence a Class 6A first-round road win Friday at Smyrna.

After both teams scored to tie the game at seven early, the Region 6A third-seeded Eagles (6-5) rattled off 23 straight points to beat the Bulldogs (7-4) 33-14.

The run was led by Indy quarterback Ethan Cash, who finished the night 18 of 33 through the air for 285 yards and four touchdowns. 

Purdue commit TJ Sheffield was Cash’s favorite target, hauling in 10 catches for 177 and three TDs, including a 64-yarder on the Eagles’ first possession.

The win sets Independence up with a second-round matchup at Region 6 champion Brentwood (9-2).

Indy was the only team in the region to beat Brentwood this season, a 42-31 win at BHS on Sept. 28.

In that game, the Eagles racked up more than 500 yards of offense, led by 464 yards passing on 22-of-34 completions from Cash. Sheffield caught 11 passes for 292 yards, including a 79-yard TD, and receiver Isaiah Collier finished with 162 yards on eight catches, also scoring from 70 yards.

Fairview 35, Whites Creek 6, Class 3A First Round Playoff

Strong defense guided Fairview into the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs Friday at home.

The 3A No. 8-ranked Yellow Jackets (9-2) limited Whites Creek (2-9) to negative-2 yards rushing and 134 passing, allowing their offense to cruise to a 35-6 win. They also forced three turnovers, two coming via interceptions.

It was an unusually quiet night for Fairview’s offense, though it did find the end zone five times.

The usually potent three-headed monster of quarterback Brock Harris, running back Logan Nardozzi and do-everything senior Kam Harris-Lusk didn’t fill up the stat sheet with yardage, but they still found pay dirt often enough.

Harris-Lusk, a Class 3A Tennessee Titans Mr. Football semifinalist, had 52 rushing yards and another 26 receiving with two total (one rushing) touchdowns.

Nardozzi led the ground game with 73 yards on 10 carries, and Harris completed only four passes but had two TDs through the air.

The win sets Fairview up with a second-round date with 3A No. 7 East Nashville (10-1).

The Eagles have lost only one game this season, a 35-6 contest against Peal Cohn that ended up being the Region 5 decider, giving East Nashville the two seed.  

Nolensville 42, Macon County 7, Class 4A First Round Playoff 

Nolensville improved to 2-0 all-time in the Class 4A playoffs first round Friday, easily handling Macon County on the road. 

After beating Livingston Academy 21-14 in last year’s first round, the Knights (7-4) made it two-for-two in their two-year program history with a 42-7 win Friday over the Tigers (5-6).

Colton Dooley scored the first three touchdowns of the game to spot Nolensville a 21-0 lead. Ryder Galardi added a quarterback keeper for the Knights and also tossed a TD to Wesley Jones. 

The win advances Nolensville, the Region 4 third seed, to the second round, where Region 4 champion Maplewood (10-1) awaits at home.

The Panthers beat the Knights 20-13 in the next-to-last week of the regular season and have won nine games in a row. 

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