Week 3

Football Preview: Top-ranked Brentwood Academy set to host No. 2 McCallie

BGA, CPA and Father Ryan to host

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The top two teams in Division II-AAA are headed for an early-season clash on Friday, when No. 1 ranked Brentwood Academy hosts No. 2 McCallie, an old rival from Chattanooga.

The game offers Brentwood Academy (2-0, 0-0) an opportunity for redemption. After defeating McCallie (2-0, 0-0) 14 straight games dating to November of 2006, the Eagles dropped a 31-27 decision at home to the Blue Tornado last year, giving Brentwood Academy its first loss in an extremely rare two-game losing streak. The team recovered by winning its fourth straight Division II state championship.

McCallie will be the first in-state opponent of the season for BA, which went on the road to defeat Florence High School in Alabama in Week 1 before crushing Clearwater Central Catholic of Florida in the Freedom Bowl in Milton, Georgia, last week. Brentwood Academy’s two wins have come by a combined score of 75-17.

McCallie has been equally impressive, putting 84 points on the board while allowing only seven points in wins over Chattanooga Christian and Knoxville Webb.

Goodpasture (1-1, 0-0) at Battle Ground Academy (2-0, 0-0) 

Meanwhile, BGA, the state’s top-ranked team in Division II-AA, will host a recovering Goodpasture program.

The Cougars (1-1, 0-0), from Madison, have been a traditional power north of Nashville, but they’ve stumbled lately and have gone 3-19 over the past two years. BGA (2-0, 0-0), under new head coach Jonas Rodriguez, has been an offensive juggernaut in the first two weeks. Quarterback Nick Semptimphelter, a Bucknell commit, completed 15-of-20 passes last week for four touchdowns and more than 300 yards – his second outing with more than 300 yards in the air. This week’s game will be the first DII-AA Middle Region game of the year for both teams.

Baylor (2-0, 0-0) at Father Ryan (1-1, 0-0) 

After a disappointing loss to BGA last week, Father Ryan (1-1, 0-0) will host division rival Baylor (2-0, 0-0) on Friday. The Irish need a win to kick-start a difficult three-week stretch that includes archrival Pope John Paul II next week and a trip to defending state champ Brentwood Academy the next.

Father Ryan out-gained visiting BGA offensively in Week 2, but has miscues in the red zone twice. Jaydon Simmons collected 115 yards on the ground with one touchdown. The Irish rolled up 294 yards rushing against the Wildcats in the Week 2 loss. 

Champagnat Catholic (1-1) at Christ Presbyterian Academy (0-2) 

CPA will try to collect its first win of the season when the Lions host Champagnat Catholic from Hialeah, Florida, which is just north of Miami. The visitors are on their third major road trip of the year, having beaten in-state foe New Smyrna Beach 41-0 in their first game before losing 44-14 last week to Lowndes in Valdosta, Georgia.

CPA watched an early lead dissolve in a 20-10 loss to Independence in Week 2. 

In DII-A, Grace Christian Academy (0-2, 0-0) has an excellent opportunity to pick up its first win of the year when it goes on the road to play Kings Academy (0-2, 0-0) in Seymour.

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