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Division II High School Football

Football Preview: CPA hosts showdown with Ensworth; GCA, Brentwood Academy host non-region contests

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CPA quarterback Cade Law and the Lions will play at Ensworth on Friday in a nonconference matchup that will be Tigers’ season opener.

Division II area high school football games in Week 4 feature an out-of-state opponent, three unbeaten teams, two season openers and only two games in Williamson County.

Ensworth (0-0) at Christ Presbyterian Academy (2-0)

The Division II-AA Lions host DII-AAA Ensworth in what’s becoming a circled matchup each year between longtime coaching friends Ingle Martin of CPA and Roc Batten of the Tigers. 

Ensworth avenged a 2018 loss to CPA with a 42-10 win at home against the Lions last season. Ensworth, like Father Ryan and a handful of other Nashville private schools, will make its season debut after being stalled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CPA is coming off a trip to Milan, where the Lions claimed a 42-16 win over Bartlett. Cade Law threw for 202 yards and four touchdowns and Thomas Vaccaro and Langston Patterson scored rushing TDs. Three of Reid Williford’s four catches last week went for touchdowns as the junior wideout closed with 142 receiving yards. 

CPA forced four turnovers in the game. 

Ensworth returns 12 starters from last year, including senior Ohio State commit Andre Turrentine and senior Memphis commit Bryce Edmondson. Batten, who left Battle Ground Academy after the 2018 season, went 8-4 in his first year with the Tigers last year.  

Cornersville (2-1) at Grace Christian Academy (2-1)

The Lions had a forgettable night while taking on The King’s Academy last week at home and will try to rebound against former region foe Cornersville. 

GCA managed just 75 all-purpose yards against the bigger TKA squad, which is unbeaten. Coming off the program’s first 2-0 start, GCA fell 46-3. 

Senior Blake Barton leads the Lions’ attack with nearly 300 yards rushing and seven TDs. 

Battle Ground Academy (2-1) at Nashville Christian (0-3)

The Wildcats traded blows at Goodpasture last week but fell short against the Cougars for the first time since 2006. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak BGA had against the Madison school. 

BGA last played Nashville Christian in 2018 and claimed a 45-0 win. 

Father Ryan (0-0) at Pope John Paul II (3-0) 

The Irish will kick off the new season against the Knights with the Bishop’s Cup on the line.

Pope John Paul II claimed a 28-17 win in 2019 and is off to a 3-0 for the first time in program history. PJP’s first varsity season was in 2003.

Father Ryan waited to kick off the season until after Labor Day because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Irish will take on another unbeaten region foe next week at home against Brentwood Academy.  

Clearwater Academy International, Florida, (0-0) at Brentwood Academy (3-0) 

The Eagles are coming off a major region win at McCallie last week as BA took down the defining DII-AAA champs 30-27.

Jalen Jones scored a touchdown with 1:48 to play and Tayler Montiel threw for 363 yards and a touchdown to lead BA. The Eagles also used a strong kicking game from Teagen Lenderink, who connected on field goals of 40, 41 and 48 yards in the victory. 

Clearwater Academy International, which is in Clearwater, Florida, completed an 8-2 season last year, including an 18-8 win at McCallie.

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