Week 3

Football Preview: Region 5-5A play tips with pair of big games featuring Page, Summit

Nolensville, Fairview hit the road

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Page, Summit and Nolensville can all improve to 3-0 with wins in Week 3. Both the Patriots and Spartans open up Region 5-5A play Friday as well.

Here’s a closer look at those contests along with Fairview’s trip to rival Cheatham County.

Shelbyville (2-0, 0-0) at Page (2-0, 0-0)

For the second season in a row, the Patriots will host the Golden Eagles in a region showdown. Page captured the region title last season in a 20-17 overtime thriller in Rudderville when Chase Tidmore drilled a game-winning 25-yard field goal.

The early season meeting won’t decide the region, but will give a huge leg up to the winner in a conference that has five teams sitting at 2-0 heading into Friday.

Page enters averaging 324.5 yards of offense with senior Bubba Johnson churning up three touchdowns and more than 70 yards per game on the ground. Senior quarterback Cade Walker has amassed nearly 390 yards in the two outings, throwing for a pair of TDs. The Patriots topped Siegel 20-7 in Week 2. 

The Page defense – led by Max VanLandingham, Austin Harshew, Hank White and Nolan Henry – has produced four interceptions, three fumbles and blocked a kick while allowing just two touchdowns. They could be busy going against sophomore quarterback Kade Cunningham.

Despite losing one of the most prolific passers in state history to graduation in Grayson Tramel, Cunningham emerged in his second career start last week in Shelbyville’s 48-22 win at Columbia Academy. He threw for 364 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions and also rushed for 131 yards on 10 carries with another TD.

Cunningham completed passes to six different receivers with senior New Jersey transplant Devyn DeFilipo leading the way with four catches for 170 yards and two scores.

Friday’s matchup will be a televised game as part of MyTV 30’s Friday Night Rivals.

Summit (2-0, 0-0) at Columbia Central (2-0, 0-0)

In the other matchup of unbeaten Region 5-5A foes, the Spartans will host Columbia Central in Spring Hill fresh off a second 34-point outing.

Summit has won back-to-back rivalry games, taking out Class 6A Independence 34-15 in the Border Battle in Week 1 and stopping Spring Hill 34-7 last week.

Sophomore quarterback Destin Wade has accounted for six total touchdowns for the Spartans. His twin brother Keaten leads the ground game and has also scored twice on the ground.

They’ll face a Lions team that has beaten winless Spring Hill and Dickson County to open the season. Christian Biggers leads Columbia with 285 yards rushing and three scores on 45 carries in the first two games. He rushed for 131 yards last week with one TD in a 21-0 win at Dickson County.

Nolensville (2-0) at Spring Hill (0-2)

Junior quarterback Ryder Galardi will lead the Knights into a non-conference tilt at Spring Hill. The trip leads into a five-game homestead for Nolensville, which opened the season with a 63-6 win at Antioch. The Knights came alive in the second half to top Watertown 32-14 in Week 2.

Galardi has passed for 274 yards and six touchdowns to lead Nolensville. He’s completed throws to eight different receivers with senior Tim Coutras leading the way. Coutras has seven grabs for 121 yards and two scores and also has two interceptions. Ryan Pistulka (23-135-2) and Samson Johnson (16-88-2) lead the rushing attack.

Fairview (1-1, 0-0) at Cheatham County (1-1, 0-0)

The Yellow Jackets are in the midst of a three-game series on the road. After a dismal outing in the Battle of 840, Fairview found its offensive groove in a 49-0 shutout at East Hickman in Week 2.

Logan Nardozzi rushed for three touchdowns, including an 85-yard kickoff return. He also scored on runs of 67 and 79 on a night of big plays at East Hickman.

The Cubs dropped their opener 34-7 at Hillwood and rebounded with a 27-14 win at Whites Creek.

Fairview has beaten Cheatham County in six consecutive games with the Cubs last win against the Yellow Jackets coming in 2012.

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