Nolensville seniors Baylee Farr and Tim Coutras were recognized as the Gateway Tire Female and Male Athletes of the Week for the week of Nov. 4-10.
Farr helped guide the Lady Knights soccer team to the TSSAA Class AA Soccer Championship match for the first time, while Coutras led the Nolensville football team to a 47-7 win against Macon County in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs on Friday.
The two athletes were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Gateway Tire and Service Center of Franklin. One male and one female athlete from Williamson County is selected and featured each week in the Williamson Herald.
Nolensville soccer coach Eric Shelton said Farr was new to the team this season after her family moved from California. On top of that, the senior switched to an offensive role after playing primarily on defensive, but still Farr produced a seamless transition.
“She embraced the change here at Nolensville and ended up being our second leading scorer this season,” Shelton said. “Baylee has a drive and determination that our team latched on to as we progressed through the post season.”
Farr scored two goals in the first round of the state tournament in a 4-0 win against East Hamilton. In the state semifinals, she added two more goals and an assist, helping spark a four-goal barrage to open the second half of a 8-0 win against South Gibson. In the state championship on Saturday, Farr fired a long ball to teammate Millie Smith who converted the lone Nolensville goal in a 2-1 championship loss to Greeneville.
“She has a magnetic personality which endeared her to her team mates from day one,” Shelton said. “She will be greatly missed for her contributions on and off the field.”
Nolensville finished the season 14-4-3 overall with a runner-up trophy in just the Lady Knights fourth season of soccer.
The Knights football hosted the program’s first playoff game on Friday. Coutras, a Mr. Football semifinalist, made the most of the postseason home game by scoring four touchdowns in the 47-7 victory.
Coutras scored on a 50-yard run and 1-yard plunge as well as a 25-yard strike from quarterback Ryder Galardi. He also snagged an interception and returned it 62 yards for another touchdown.
“His production in the game was off the charts,” Nolensville football coach Paul Derrick said. “He can do it all and he showcased it … He is one of the best two-way players in the state and I am extremely proud of not only the way he has played this year, but how he has stepped up as leader on our football team.”
Derrick said Coutras has been the “quarterback of our defense” playing safety. In Friday’s game, the senior added nine tackles and a forced fumble to go with his pick-six.
“We ask him to of a lot as far as making calls and adjustments,” Derrick said of Coutras’ defensive position. “Tim has embraced that role and really grown into an all-around leader on our football team.”
The Knights will travel to battle unbeaten Livingston Academy in the second round as Coutras will go head-to-head with another Mr. Football semifinalist in the Wildcats’ quarterback Will McDonald.
Other nominees for Athletes of the Week included Ravenwood senior keeper Faith Vanston and Summit quarterback Destin Wade.
Vanston helped lead the Lady Raptors to the school’s first soccer state championship in Class AAA, collecting 19 saves in three wins last week.
Wade ran for a team-high 136 yards and scored one touchdown in Summit’s 27-14 win at Gallatin in the Class 5A first round of the playoffs. He added a 27-yard touchdown pass to George Odimegwu.