Week 3

Football Preview: Franklin continues uphill climb with trip to Ravenwood

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Franklin High School head football coach Donnie Webb may be looking at his schedule for this year and asking: What were we thinking?

The Rebels (1-1, 0-0) fell to sixth-ranked Riverdale at home last week and now face a trip across the county to fourth-ranked Ravenwood (2-0, 1-0), a team that picked up a vote for first place in this week’s Associated Press state rankings.

The Raptors are coming off a 16-13 win at 10th-ranked Blackman, where three-year starter Brian Garcia had another solid night against the Blaze, including starting the game with a 50-plus-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Mason. The all-region quarterback has a multitude of targets, including tight end Jake Bringingstool, while Tony Rice will keep the Rebel defense honest rushing out of the backfield.

Franklin will continue to rely on the ability of quarterback Guy Lipscomb to read defensive keys to make the Rebel offense work. On the other side of the ball, a host of youngsters will have to figure out a way to stop the Raptors’ high-powered offense.

Centennial (1-1, 0-1) at Independence (1-1, 0-0) 

Down the road in Thompson’s Station, Independence, fresh off a win at Christ Presbyterian Academy last week, will be looking to avenge a 62-40 loss when the Eagles host Centennial. The Cougars used solid defense and big plays by Desmond Smith and Kevin Townsel Jr. to pick up their first win last week against Smyrna.

Indy has the ability to score quickly behind the arm of Ethan Cash, while Smith ran for 201 yards and a pair of scores last week. Townsel Jr., last week's Gateway Tire Male Athlete of the Week, will look to add to his reputation as a return man after going 89 yards with a kickoff and 45 yards with an interception return to post a pair of scores last week.

Dickson County (0-2, 0-0) at Brentwood (2-0, 0-0) 

In other Class 6A action, Brentwood (2-0, 0-0), which is ranked fifth in the state, opens Region 6 play at home against Dickson County (0-2, 0-0).

Brentwood quarterback Cade Granzow continues to roll up impressive numbers, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another in last week’s 37-20 win at Cane Ridge. The junior has been distributing the ball to a growing number of receivers.

Dickson County is not only winless, but it is also scoreless after two games, having been outscored 38-0.

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