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Football: Summit, Nolensville advance to quarterfinals

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Playoff Football – Columbia at Summit

See IMAGES for full photo gallery form Summit's 28-14 win. 

Destin Wade had his hand in all four touchdowns for the Summit High School football team Friday as the Spartans advanced tot he Class 5A quarterfinals with a 28-14 win over Region 5-5A foe Columbia Central.

The Mr. Football semifinalist ran for three touchdowns and tossed another in the win. He gained 242 yards on the ground.

The victory sets up a showdown with Beech next week with a state semifinal up for grabs. Beech shutout Hillsboro 36-0 to advance Friday and holds a 2-0 record against the Spartans in the postseason.

On Friday in Spring Hill, Summit struck first on a 7-yard strike from Wade to Caleb Jolley about five minutes into the first quarter. Columbia Central answered with 46 seconds to play in the frame when Brady McCanless found a streaking Justin Buchmann for an 80-yard TD.

Wade scored from 10 yards out with 1:20 to play in the half for a 14-7 edge at the break. The junior quarterback tacked on a 26-yarder with 7:16 to play in the third.

The Lions responded again with a McCanless touchdown run just three minutes later to pull within 21-14.

Wade made it a two-touchdown game with 7:50 remaining when he scored on a 33-yard touchdown.

Summit out-gained Columbia Central 389-205 and limited the Lions to just 2-of-11 on third down. Finley Jameson, Tre Hunter and John Sloan all picked up sacks for the defense and Jolley came away with an interception.

Brandon King added 51 yards rushing for Summit.

McCanless threw for 206 yards for the Lions completing 14-of-27 passes. Columbia Central netted negative yardage on the ground on 13 rushing attempts.

Nolensville 24, DeKalb County 17, Class 4A 2nd Round

A late stop and a couple clock-draining first downs from Samson Johnson lifted Nolensville to a gritty second-round win on the road Friday.

The Knights stopped DeKalb County on fourth down with just over three minutes to play with a major goal-line stand. Earlier in the fourth, quarterback Ryder Galardi connected with Chance Fitzgerald for a 30-yard strike – the go-ahead TD for Nolensville with 8:48 to play.

Galardi completed 15-of-25 passes for 218 yards with a pair of TDs and an interception. Fitzgerald hauled in seven catches for 142 yards.

Johnson closed with 81 yards rushing on 16 touches with a TD. He broke loose for a 40-yard gain inside the final two minutes to help seal the win.

Mike McWilliams (12 tackles), Brayden Rose (10 tackles) and Jackson Goode (9 tackles and 2 sacks) anchored the Knights defense. Colton Dobson added an interception.

Nolensville will travel to unbeaten Region 4-4A champion Tullahoma next week in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats handled Marshall County, 35-7, on Friday. They beat Nolensville 29-14 on Oct. 23.

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