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Week 10

Football: PJPII too much for Centennial; Nardozzi leads Fairview to Homecoming win

GCA struggles at DCA

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Football – Franklin at Centennial

Desmond Smith 

Pope John Paul II proved to be too tough of a non-conference opponent for Centennial as the Knights made quick work of the Cougars, winning 41-7 on Friday in Franklin.

As the rain poured down the entire night, it forced both teams to utilize a heavy run game and the Knights quick-strike offense racked up more than 400 yards despite the conditions. Half of that yardage came from leading rusher Antwan Roberts.

Roberts, a 6-foot-1, 183-pound junior who has offers from the likes of Vanderbilt and Duke among others, finished with three touchdowns to lead the Knights. PJPII, which improved to 5-4 overall, jumped out to a 20-0 lead and never looked back.

The Cougars (3-6) also adjusted to the sloppy field conditions with senior running backs Alexander Steele and Desmond Smith both gaining more than 100 yards on the ground.

Even with the dynamic duo, Centennial could only find the endzone once. That score came early in the third quarter when Smith punched it in with a 2-yard run.

After the game, Centennial coach Matt Kriesky was ready to move on and simply stated, “On to the next one.”

The Cougars (3-6), who have dropped four in a row, will be at home next week in the regular season finale against Region 6-6A champion Brentwood on Nov. 1.

Fairview 35, Dickson County 16 

The Class 3A Yellow Jackets enjoyed a big homecoming win against Class 6A Dickson County Friday in Fairview. 

Logan Nardozzi blasted the Cougars with a 300-yard rushing game. 

The standout Fairview junior running back gained 302 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder has 1,514 yards with 15 TDs on the ground this season. 

Fairview improved to 7-2 overall with a fifth consecutive win. The Yellow Jackets captured the Region 6-3A championship for the fourth season in a row last week with a 43-7 win at Harpeth. They end the regular season at home against Stewart County in Week 11. 

Donelson Christian Academy 35, Grace Christian Academy 0

The Lions were shut out on the road at DCA Friday.

The Wildcats out-gained GCA 324-83 on the night and returned two fumbles for touchdowns.

Jacob Cooke led DCA with 179 yards rushing. He turned three of his seven carries into touchdowns scoring on runs of 50, 63 and 57 yards. He opened the game with his 50-yard TD run.

Carter Murphy rushed for 63 yards on 15 carries for the Lions, who played without quarterback Ashton Kelly. 

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