Destin Wade, fresh off his selection as a Tennessee Titan Mr. Football finalist, and the Summit High School football team will head to Beech Friday with a Class 5A semifinal berth up for grabs.
Nolensville also travels, heading to Tullahoma in a Class 4A quarterfinal, while Brentwood Academy in Division II-AAA and Christ Presbyterian Academy in DII-AA will stay at home trying to reach the state finals with wins.
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Here’s a closer look at each matchup:
Summit (11-1) at Beech (9-1), Class 5A Quarterfinals
Wade has scored 26 touchdowns this season throwing for 999 yards and rushing for 879 more to lead the Spartans, last year’s state runners-up.
“He’s who makes us go,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said. “He’s our big-play guy and we used him a bit more than we wanted last week, but his selection (for Mr. Football) just shows everybody how valuable to to our football team he is.”
Wade is just the second Mr. Football finalist in Summit’s 10-year history – joining Tai Carter, who was a finalist in 2017.
“It’s awesome for him and I think it’s a testament to our program now and how hard these kids work,” Coleman said.
Wade rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-14 win over Columbia Central last week. He added 87 yards passing and another TD threw the air.
The Spartans will face a speedy Beech team Friday on the road. They lost in a wild triple overtime game in 2018 in the first round in the last meeting and fell in the quarterfinals at home against the Buccaneers in 2017.
“We are thankful to still be playing,” Coleman said. “With everything going on, it seems time has flown by and here we are in the quarterfinals. I think Friday will be a great game. It’ll be fun for the kids, but physical.”
Beech led 8-0 at the half against Hillsboro last week and produced a crucial late second-quarter goal-line stand to keep the Burros out of the end zone. It was all Beech in the second half as Hillsboro committed nearly 20 penalties and fell 36-0 in the second round meeting.
Tysean Jefferson, a small, but speedy runner, leads the run-heavy Buccaneers attack with more than 1,150 yards rushing this season to go with 13 touchdowns. Three others have rushed for at least 359 yards, including Patrick Hill, who has gained 660 yards with six TDs. Beech has scored 37 rushing TDs this season.
Bronco Hanks leads the Beech defense with 94 tackles.
“They are a hard-nosed football team,” Coleman said. “They always have been so we are going to have to be gap sound on defense and now allow any creases because they will find them.”
Nolensville (7-3) at Tullahoma (12-0), Class 4A Quarterfinals
The Knights scored early in the fourth quarter last week to cap a big night from wideout Chance Fitzgerald (7 catches for 142 yards and one TD) and hold on for a 24-17 win over DeKalb County.
Nolensville earned a rematch against unbeaten Region 4-4A foe Tullahoma, which dispatched Marshall County 35-7 in the second round. The Wildcats scored a 29-14 win over the Knights at home on Oct. 23.
Nolensville is trying to reach the state semifinals for the second consecutive season.
McCallie (7-3) at Brentwood Academy (11-0), DII-AAA semifinals
The Eagles missed the playoffs for the first time in more than two decades last season, but can advance to the state championship with a victory at home Friday. They’ll have to get past defending champion McCallie for the second time this season. BA won 30-27 back on Sept. 4.
Tayler Montiel leads the Eagles offense with 2,212 yards passing and 13 touchdowns. Teagen Lenderink has also proved to be a weapon offensively as he closes in on the state’s made field goal record. Lenderink was announced as a Tennessee Titan Mr. Football Kicker of the Year finalist this week.
BA edged Pope John Paul II 34-31 last week, while McCallie stopped Christian Brothers 42-28.
Goodpasture (9-2) at Christ Presbyterian Academy (8-1), DII-AA semifinals
The Lions are back in familiar territory with an eye-popping 10th consecutive trip to the state semifinals. CPA will try to reach the state championship for a third season in a row against a tough Goodpasture team.
CPA claimed a 36-0 win over the Cougars on Oct. 16. Mr. Football finalist Langston Patterson is a big piece to the Lions success. The junior has rushed for 444 yards with 10 touchdowns and has 66 tackles, including 18 for loss.
Goodpasture reached the semifinals for the first time in a decade thanks to six touchdowns and 232 yards from Brandan Jones last week in an explosive 61-43 win over CAK.