Ravenwood’s Pretto, Rice tabbed Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week

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Marcela Forero Pretto and Tony Rice, both Ravenwood standouts, were named the Gateway Tire Female and Male Athletes of the Week.

Pretto, a Lady Raptor senior, netted a hat trick to lead the Ravenwood girls’ soccer team to a 5-0 shutout of Summit last week in a crucial District 12-AAA match. Rice, a senior, rushed for three touchdowns in the Raptors 28-0 shutout of Franklin in a Region 6-6A battle on Friday.

The pair are the third set of athletes chosen as part of the new Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Gateway Tire and Service Center of Franklin. One male and one female athlete from Williamson County will be selected and featured each week in the Williamson Herald.

Lady Raptors soccer coach Brandon Mead said Pretto brings a fresh playing style to the team, which heads into a showdown with Brentwood for the district lead Tuesday night.

“Marcela reads and anticipates the game well,” he said. “Against Summit, she was able to find the ball in the gaps between the backs and finish with confidence.”

Ravenwood sits at 4-1-1 overall.

On the football field, Raptors coach Matt Daniels said Rice’s dedication is beginning to pay off, as evidenced by his performance in Week 3.

“Tony had a huge night for us,” Daniels said. “He’s been one of those kids that have worked so hard the last couple years to be a good running back and I think it’s culminating now as a senior.”

Rice rushed 11 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns against Franklin. He scored on runs of 6, 69 and 4 yards for Ravenwood, which improved to 3-0 overall and moved up to No. 3 in the latest Class 6A Associated Press Top 10 poll.

Other nominees included Brentwood freshman Brooke Tyll and Page senior Bubba Johnson.

Tyll finished second overall at the Chickasaw Trails Cross Country Invitational in Oakville, Alabama, finishing in 19 minutes and 5.91 seconds to lead the Lady Bruins to the team title.

Johnson also rushed for three touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner with 2:24 to play in the Patriots 34-29 win against Shelbyville Central in Week 3. He finished with 81 yards on 17 carries and also caught two passes for 29 yards.

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