TSSAA Division I Class 4A Second Round

Playoff Football: Nolensville surges into quarterfinals, hands Livingston Academy first loss

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Football – Watertown at Nolensville

Ryder Galardi 

In all three seasons of varsity football at Nolensville, the Knights have reached the Class 4A second round of the playoffs.

On Friday, they marched into new territory by handing previously unbeaten Livingston Academy its first loss in dominating fashion, 33-7 in Livingston, Tennessee.

Nolensville returns home for a quarterfinal matchup against DeKalb County next week in just the second home playoff game for the young school and first quarterfinal appearance.

After a Luke Jenkins field goal and Tim Coutras’ first touchdown receptions from Ryder Galardi gave the visiting Knights a 10-0 lead at the half, Nolensville scored 23 points in the third.

The scoring barrage began with a safety after the Wildcats snapped the ball out of the end zone on the first drive of the second half. Galardi, who completed 12-of-24 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, scored on a 3-yard touchdowns with 7:40 to play in the frame for a 19-0 lead. About four minutes later, Coutras hauled in a 33-yard strike from Galardi.

Just 41 seconds later, CJ Ware forced a fumble and Grant Reeder scooped the ball up and returned it 38 yards for the touchdown. After Jenkins PAT, the Knights held a commanding 33-0 lead.

Livingston Academy hadn’t given up 33 points in the previous five games combined and only allowed multiple touchdowns in one previous game this season against Class 6A Cookeville.

The Wildcats, who entered averaging 33 points per game, avoided the shutout when Mr. Football semifinalist Will McDonald tossed a touchdown with 8:40 to play, but the night belonged to Nolensville.

Coutras, also a Mr. Football semifinalist, finished with four catches for 65 yards and the two TDs. He added three tackles on defense. Parker Price had four receptions for 90 yards, while Ryan Pistulka (15-77) and Samson Johnson (10-45) led the Knights rushing attack.

Gabe Bauman had six tackles and one of four sacks for Nolensville. Ware added five tackles and 1.5 sacks to go with his forced fumble.

Jenkins connected on all four of his PATs to go with his 29-yard field goal. He also averaged 62.5 yards per kickoff with touchbacks on all six of his kickoffs.

Nolensville (10-2) will host a DeKalb County (8-4) team coming off its fifth consecutive win. The Tigers of Smithville, Tennessee, defeated Region 4-4A champion Marshall County 28-24 on Friday.

Nolensville 33, Livingston Academy 7, Class 4A Second Round

NHS – 0 10 23 0 – 33

LA – 0 0 0 7 – 7

Scoring Summary

2Q 3:47 N – Luke Jenkins 29 FG;

2Q 1:06 N – Tim Coutras 5 pass from Ryder Galardi (Jenkins kick);

3Q 11:36 N – safety;

3Q 7:40 N – Galardi 3 run (Jenkins kick);

3Q 3:33 N – Coutras 33 pass from Galardi (Jenkins kick);

3Q 2:52 N – Reeder 38 fumble return (Jenkins kick);

4Q 8:40 L – Will McDonald 15 pass (Kick good).

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