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Nolensville’s Fulton, Brentwood’s Granzow earn Gateway Tire Athlete of the Week recognitions 

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Nolensville High School senior Charley Fulton and Brentwood High School senior Cade Granzow were named the Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sept. 13.

Fulton has continued to lead the Lady Knights volleyball team and guided Nolensville through a busy week of district and non-district play, while Granzow collected seven touchdowns in a 55-17 win over Henry County on Friday to lead the Brentwood football team to victory.

The two were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Gateway Tire & Service Center of Franklin. One male and one female athlete from Williamson County is selected and featured each week in the Williamson Herald.

Nolensville went 6-2, including a pair of District 9-AA sweeps, last week. Fulton, a senior outside hitter, averaged 9.9 kills through the eight matches, which included a 3-1 setback against Class AAA Siegel and a 2-1 loss to another Class AAA school in Houston – last year's state runner-up. Nolensville did pick up sweeps of Marshall County and Lawrence County in district play to improve to 8-0 in the league.

“Charley has been our MVP the first half of the season,” Lady Knights coach Brett Young said. “She has stepped up her game as a top hitting option and continued her great defensive play.”

Over the week, Fulton scooped up 11 digs on three occasions, including a 2-1 win over shorthanded seven-time defending Class AAA champion Brentwood during a play day Saturday. Fulton is hitting .320 for the season and matched a season-high with 13 kills in the three-set sweep of Lawrence County and hit .667 on nine attacks with six kills in a 2-0 win over Siegel on Saturday – a win that avenged a 3-1 loss to the Lady Stars earlier in the week. She also had 11 kills in a 2-1 win over Class AAA Cookeville on Saturday.

“What sets Charley apart is her leadership,” Young said. “It is so valuable to our team and we are blessed to have her as one of our great senior leaders.”

On the football field, Granzow guided the Bruins in what coach Ron Crawford called his team’s “best play” so far this season. Brentwood sizzled in the second and third quarters in Week 4 led by their senior QB and raced past former region foe Henry County to avenge a loss in Paris, Tennessee, last season against the Patriots.

“We just executed really well and Cade hit open throws and then some great catches were made,” Crawford said. “He has a couple guys he has confidence in and it showed. I really think that was the best football we have played at this point.

“Cade was able to find the guys who were open … He’s an accurate passer with a big arm. He’s also a really good runner.”

Granzow completed 21-of-27 passes for 339 yards and six touchdowns and also ran for another TD in the win.

The senior closed the second quarter with a 32-yard strike to Aaron Walton and an 11-yarder to Walker Merrill before plunging in for his rushing score in the final seconds of the half. Granzow passed for four touchdowns in the third quarter alone, hitting Merrill for an 8-yarder and then scoring on back-to-back possessions with Walton on a 26-yard strike and a 61-yard catch-and-run. The senior QB closed the frame with a 32-yard touchdown to Scott Collins.

Walton closed with seven catches for 151 yards and three TDs, while Merrill had nine grabs for 137 yards and two scores as Granzow’s top targets.

Other nominees for Female Athlete of the Week included Margaret DeFranco of Franklin, who scored four goals in a win over Centennial, and Kaitlyn Vanderkolk of Brentwood, who led the Lady Bruins cross country team to the team title in Alabama’s Chickasaw Invitational with a second place showing.

Nominees for Male Athlete of the Week included Jaxson Campbell of Independence, who collected four touchdowns in a 28-20 win over Blackman, and Trace Alexander of Battle Ground Academy, who led the Wildcats cross country team with a fourth place showing at the Coleman Midgett Invitational in Hendersonville.

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