After an undefeated season and hoisting the Division II-AA state championship trophy, the fourth in the program’s history, all would seem solid with the football program at Christ Presbyterian Academy.
But after losing 31 seniors from that championship team, much is uncertain for coach Ingle Martin and his Lions entering 2019.
One of the most important holes is replacing departed quarterback Ryan Eledge. Currently four Lions have been sharing reps during fall camp, but there is no clear front-runner, coach Ingle Martin said.
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2019 High School Football Media Guide
Brentwood Academy hoisted the 2018 Division II-AAA championship trophy – the Eagles fourth in a row.
Brentwood Academy coach Cody White has led the Eagles to four straight championships and has a 71-15 record over seven years at BA.
Amir Annoor drags down Jalen Hollman of MUS during Brentwood Academy's championship win in 2018. He's flanked by Devyn Curtis, right. Both return to help anchor a stout defense for the Eagles.
Senior Wade Williams returns as the Brentwood Academy quarterback.
BGA senior Antonio Stevens recently committed to play college football at Purdue. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety also had high interest from Cincinnati, Louisville and Memphis among others.
Jonas Rodriguez enters his first season as head coach for BGA football.
Garnett Hollis Jr. committed to Northwestern recently. The Wildcats senior is one of the top returning receivers for BGA. He uses his length and strength to be menace at cornerback as well.
Nick Semptimphelter, a Bucknell commit, threw for more than 3,100 yards last season to lead the Wildcats to the championship game.
Junior quarterback Cade Granzow accounted for 27 touchdowns last season for the Bruins.
Brentwood coach Ron Crawford has gone 35-16 in the last four years with the Bruins. He is 157-76 overall.
Brentwood senior Walker Merrill, a wide receiver, has garnered offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Nebraska and others as four-star recruit.
Centennial coach Matt Kriesky has produced an 18-16 record in three seasons leading the Cougars.
Desmond Smith, who transferred from Spring Hill last year, missed the first five games of the season due to the change. He'll be making the switch from wide receiver to running back for the Cougars this season.
Centennial's Grayson Marcel, a 6-foot-4 senior, battled injuries last season, but has proven to be a threat under center for the Cougars. He missed four games in 2018 and threw for more than 1,400 yards.
Centennial senior Kevin Townsel Jr. is one of the top returning playmakers for the Cougars this season.
The Christ Presbyterian Academy football team completed a 14-0 unbeaten season in 2018.
CPA's Ingle Martin has produced a 99-16 record as head coach over eight seasons with the Lions.
Jarrett Mathews, No. 66, is one of just a handful of returners from CPA's unbeaten team that won the Division II-AA championship last season. The Lions graduated 31 seniors.
Chris Hughes guided Fairview to a 10-3 record in 2018. He is 90-31 in 10 seasons with the Yellow Jackets.
Logan Nardozzi, a Fairview junior, rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season.
Fairview reached the Class 3A quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons in 2018, but fell against Stratford to miss out on the program's first semifinal appearance.
Father Ryan coach Brian Rector and the Irish will try to end an eight-game losing streak in Week 1. The Irish nearly pulled off the upset in the first round of the playoffs in 2018.
Father Ryan senior Antonio Wright and brother Anthony are among the 13 returning starters this season.
Father Ryan junior David Charles (DC) Tabscott has picked up several offers, including the likes of Purdue, Kentucky and Boston College.
Franklin coach Donnie Webb enters his eighth season leading the Rebels. He's produced a 47-31 record.
Jett Wilson of Franklin is one of just a handful of starters returning on defense for the Rebels.
Franklin senior Josh Nichols started at quarterback last season, but will see some time at receiver this year for the Rebels.
Head coach Rusty Smith guided GCA in its transition from 8-man football and now will lead the Lions into Division II-A.
Grace Christian Academy, located near Leiper's Fork, joins Division II, Class A in 2019.
Independence's Chase Robertson, a 6-foot-4, 245-pounder, recently committed to Princeton. Along with Carter Runnion and Caleb Lanford, the trio anchor the defensive line for the Eagles.
Head coach Scott Blade is 56-22 in six years at Independence.
Senior Ethan Cash returns to lead the Independence offense under center. He threw for more than 2,200 yards last season with just five interceptions.
Nolensville coach Paul Derrick went 7-5 in his first season at the helm for the Knights in 2018.
Nolensville's Ryan Pistulka, No. 34, is among several key returners for the Knights in 2019.
Junior Ryder Galardi took over as the starter at quarterback last season at Nolensville and returns to lead the Knights offense.
The Nolensville football team has produced back-to-back playoff appearances despite only entering the school's fourth season of playing varsity football.
Senior Bubba Johnson, pictured here in 2017, transferred back to Page after spending his junior season at Spring Hill.
Page senior Cade Walker guided the Patriots to a 10-2 record in 2018. Walker threw for 1,961 yards with 23 touchdowns as a junior.
Coach Charles Rathbone enters his eighth season as head coach at Page. He's produced a 50-30 record.
Senior Miles Bonn is one of the top returning targets for the Page passing game.
Senior Brian Garcia enters his third season as the starting quarterback at Ravenwood.
Ravenwood senior Bryan Rice, a 6-foot, 224-pounder, was named the Region 6-6A Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.
Ravenwood coach Matt Daniels is entering his third year leading the Raptors. He's 20-6 in his first two years.
Graham Barton, a Duke signee, leads an offensive line that returns this season almost completely intact a year removed from a run to the Class 6A semifinals.
Brian Coleman has gone 27-28 in five seasons as head coach for Summit.
Sophomore Destin Wade returns at quarterback to lead the Summit offense.
Summit's George Odimegwu rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season for the Spartans. The senior has attracted offers from Western Kentucky and Illinois State among others.
Keaten Wade and twin brother Destin return as sophomores for the Summit Spartans in 2019. The multi-sport studs helped Summit reach the playoffs a season ago.
“We’re blessed to have four kids who can compete,” he said. “It’s like any other position for us. We might play several of them. They all have done different things well.”
The quartet consists of senior Josh Roper, junior Zee Thompson and two sophomores, Cade Law and Jake Dykstra. The fall scrimmages were going to give a better picture of each player’s ability, but there is no timetable to select a permanent starter, Martin said.
“We’ve had a year where we had five or six running backs,” he said. “We’re excited they’re all on our team this year.”
The Lions have been a running back by committee team the last eight years, Martin said, so 2019 will be no different. But with five of the fastest players on the team playing running back, the outlook is promising.
Senior Andrew Whitely and junior Tyler Reid both got carries in significant moments a year ago, and now junior Will Hays and senior King Henderson will enter the mix as well, Martin said.
“We will have games where all those kids will play and get carries,” he said.
The Lions have a collection of players who can catch the football, including seniors Cade Williford, Sam Ellis, Hall Perdue, Barrett Smith and Jack Diamond. Also seeing reps are juniors Parker Beck, Maverick Rodriguez and Shelby Whiteside.
“They will all be split out at some point,” Martin said. “As much as we can, we want our kids out there playing.”
The offensive line is still a work in progress as well, with seven players seeing reps during camp thus far.
Seniors Jarrett Mathews and Sam Leonard saw action last season, but for the others, experience is sparse. Senior Zach Smitherman and juniors Jack Fowler, Spencer Dams, David Enoch and Graham Roten are all trying to figure out where they fit in the OL rotation.
“We just have to continue to grow and develop,” Martin said.
Smitherman, Mathews and Leonard are three of the primary choices to play defensive line as well, and others will fill in the rotation.
“We just want our best 11 kids out there every snap of the game,” Martin said.
At inside linebacker, Roper will see action on defense as well, along with Blake Ellen, Cade Reynolds and Langston Patterson. Smith, Perdue and Reid will be in the rotation at outside linebacker for the Lions, Martin said.
Six different players were seeing action at cornerback during camp, with Beck, Rodriguez, Hayes, Henderson and Drew Akin all vying for those two spots. At safety, the Lions have been working Whitely, Ellis, senior North Pinkley, Law and Dykstra.
“Whitely and Ellis started a bunch of games, and Smith started a bunch for us,” Martin said. “Different people are going to be available and step up at different times.”
The special teams duties will be handled again by junior kicker Mac Seibert and punter Ellis, but sophomore Ryan Rinker will be an option as well, Martin said.
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