The second week of the Division I TSSAA High School playoffs includes two all-Williamson County contests when Independence visits Brentwood in a Class 6A showdown and Summit heads to Page in a Class 5A matchup.
Here’s a closer look at the area playoff games Friday:
Independence (7-4) at Brentwood (9-2), Class 6A Second Round
Brentwood used a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to quiet Independence in the Region 6-6A rivals’ Oct. 4 meeting in Thompson’s Station – a 24-7 Bruins win.
Luke Walters scored a rushing touchdown at the midway point of the quarter and quarterback Cade Granzow made SportsCenter with an underhand flip to Walker Merrill covering seven yards for the touchdown at the end of the frame. Brentwood held strong the rest of the way.
The Bruins blasted McGavock 38-6 in the first round. The Eagles topped Smyrna on the road 28-10 for a fifth consecutive win against the Bulldogs.
“We have to get better this week and prepare for a great football team in Brentwood,” Independence coach Scott Blade said after the first round win.
The contest Friday will be a rematch of last year’s thriller that went to double overtime before the Bruins forced a fumble and recovered it to clinch a 27-24 victory in Brentwood and advance to the quarterfinals.
Quarterbacks Granzow and Ethan Cash will go head-to-head for the fourth time and second time in the playoffs.
Cash threw for 297 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 71 yards with two more to lead Independence in the first round. Granzow dished for two scores and threw another against McGavock.
“We definitely want to return the favor to them this year,” Cash said of Friday’s rematch in the second round.
Ravenwood (10-1) at Cane Ridge (8-3), Class 6A Second Round
The Raptors needed a wild rally to clip Cane Ridge in the 2018 second round en route to advancing to the Class 6A semifinals.
Ravenwood quarterback Brian Garcia capped the comeback with a touchdown pass to Andrew Mason in the final seconds to cap a 29-point fourth quarter for the visiting Raptors.
Earlier this season, Ravenwood didn’t need the last-second heroics in a 28-15 win against the Ravens in Brentwood on Oct. 25, but did have to overcome three fumbled snaps early in a rugged contest.
Garcia guided Ravenwood with three touchdowns in that contest. He finished with three total touchdowns – two passing and one rushing – as Ravenwood made quick work of Stewarts Creek in the first round’s 35-0 victory.
Tony Rice added a rushing score and 96 yards on 14 carries for the Raptors in the postseason opener. Garcia closed 15-of-18 for 252 yards.
Cane Ridge beat Franklin 41-7 in the first round last week, ending the Rebels season for the second year in a row.
Summit (9-2) at Page (10-1), Class 5A Second Round
In a Region 5-5A rivalry matchup, Summit will travel to Page Friday in an all-county 2017 second round rematch. The Patriots, the region champs for the second season in a row, defeated Summit at home on Oct. 4 24-14. Spartans quarterback Destin Wade exited on the first drive after aggravating an ankle injury in that contest.
Summit welcomed the return of Destin Wade at full strength under center last week and used the dynamic sophomore’s legs to help score a 27-14 win at Gallatin.
Wade racked up 139 yards rushing with one score and threw for another touchdown at Gallatin. The Spartans collected 341 yards last week on the ground with 96 and two TDs coming from Destin’s twin brother Keaten.
“The offensive line took over the game and the defensive line played lights out,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said.
The Patriots shutout Hunters Lane 42-0 in the first round. Seniors Cade Walker and Bubba Johnson accounted for all six touchdowns in the win with Walker throwing for three strikes and Johnson rushing for three more.
Johnson closed with 148 yards on the ground and Walker had TD strikes on three of his five completions. Johnson was the difference against Summit in the regular season as well when he ran for 143 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:02 to play to break a 14-14 tie.
Page fell in the second round against Beech last season. The Patriots fell 27-14 at Summit in 2017 in the second round as well. Page hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2007, but also hasn’t advanced beyond the second round in the same time frame.
Nolensville (9-2) at Livingston Academy (11-0), Class 4A Second Round
Senior Tim Coutras did it all last week in the Knights first home playoff game – a 47-7 win against Macon County.
Coutras, a Mr. Football semifinalist and the Gateway Tire Male Athlete of the Week, scored four touchdowns, including a 62-yard interception return, forced a fumble and had nine tackles.
“He can do it all and he showcased it,” Nolensville coach Paul Derrick said of Coutras, a Liberty football commit.
The senior will lead the Knights against another Mr. Football semifinalist Friday when they face unbeaten Livingston Academy and quarterback Will McDonald. The Wildcats beat Nolensville’s Region 4-4A rival Maplewood 27-8 in the first round. In another similar meeting, Livingston Academy topped Macon County 42-6 in the Region 3-4A final on Nov. 1.
The Nolensville offense will face a tough test against stingy Livingston Academy, which has allowed double figures in just three games this season. Class 6A Cookeville was one of two teams to score multiple touchdowns against the Wildcats, falling 28-21 in Week 2.