Scott Smith had a vision of what he wanted the football program at Independence High to become when he took the job in 2004.
If the Eagles continue playing like they have through the first three games, that vision could come into focus much quicker than Smith originally planned.
Independence (3-0) got the biggest victory in the school’s history Friday night, beating Centennial 42-6 in a dominating performance both offensively and defensively. It is the first-ever victory against a fellow county 5A school for the Eagles. “We’re just ecstatic,” Smith said. “We wanted to get up on them and get them out of running the ball as much and get them doing some things they aren’t familiar with”
Junior quarterback Zach Cordell was impressive for the Eagles, tossing four touchdowns and finishing with 188 yards through the air on 14-of-18 passing. Jeff Veres caught two of the four TD passes, while Isaac Baugh and Chris Darnell each caught one.
“(Zach) was phenomenal, and we have some real solid kids who really catch the ball well,” Smith said. Baugh also scored a TD on a 52-yard interception return, and Emory Martin ran for a touchdown. Chaz Scaled scored the only points for Centennial.
Independence gets the week off before taking on fellow unbeaten Franklin, while Centennial plays at Blackman this week. Christ Pres. Acad. 39, Donelson Chr. Acad. 14. CPA (2-0, 1-0 Region 5-2A) went up 32-7 at halftime and never looked back as the Lions came back nicely after a week off to drum region foe DCA.
“It was just a great effort by our kids,” CPA coach Jay Mathews said. “But it’s still early in the season, and we have long way to go. We won this game last year and didn’t make the playoffs.”
Austin Harrison had 186 yards and three TDs on the ground, and quarterback Connor Lowery had 201 yards through the air and 52 on the ground.
“We moved the ball well all night,” Mathews said. “We really controlled it on the offensive side.” DCA scored on a 97-yard kickoff return just before halftime and then added its second touchdown at the beginning of the third. The Wildcats could get little going beyond that.
Brentwood Acad. 28, Baylor 7. The Eagles collected three Baylor turnovers and pounded the ball on offense to have no trouble on their trip to Chattanooga Friday. BA (3-0, 1-0 Division II-AAA) had just 221 yards of offense but saw Ryan White score two touchdowns while rushing for 15 yards. Tyree Ford led the Eagle ground game with 74 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, all of which came in the second half.
Quarterback Trent Caffee had 56 yards rushing and a TD, while Chris Jordan finished with just 26 yards on five carries. All three Baylor turnovers came on interceptions, with Jeremy Martin, Jess Rutledge and Luke Schuyler all picking off Red Raider QB Tyler Massey. Rutledge’s pick in the fourth set up Caffee for his 10-yard TD run to make it 21-7 at that point. BA is back home this week to take on Meridian (Miss.) and on the road to Chattanooga again next week facing McCallie. David Lipscomb 42, Page 7. Matt Elrod had three touchdown runs as David Lipscomb made short work of the Patriots Friday night in Rudderville. Taylor Lankford scored on a 14-yard run in the first quarter, but it was all Lipscomb after that. Lankford finished with 65 yards on 14 carries.
Page (1-2, 0-1 Region 5-3A) takes on 5A Ravenwood this week.
Fairview 27, Ezell-Harding 0. The Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1-0 Region 5-2A) stayed undefeated thanks to their defense and the legs of tailback Michael Degalliford, who scored three touchdowns against Ezell-Harding. A missed extra point was the only blemish against the Yellow Jackets, who face Hickman County this week.
Dickson Co. 17, Brentwood 7. Brentwood’s streak of wins against Dickson has come to an end after the Cougars scored 17 unanswered points to beat the Bruins in Dickson. Alex Holling scored on a 10-yard run for Brentwood and finished with 114 yards on 18 carries. The Bruins (1-2, 0-1 Region 6-5A) take the week off before playing cross-town rival Ravenwood next week.
Evangelical Chr. School 24, Battle Ground Acad. 0. The Eagles scored all their points in the first half before taking their foot off the gas against BGA. Quarterback Adam Currie carved up the Wildcats’ defense for 274 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another.
BGA (0-2, 0-1 Division II-AA East/Middle) comes home for a game against Ensworth this week.