Week 6 of high school football will be a pivotal one for Williamson County teams as nine squads in action face district opponents.
The six-team District 11-AAA is set for a tight race for the league crown. Brentwood remains atop the standings with a 2-0 record in 11-AAA while Centennial, Independence, Franklin, and Hillsboro are even at 1-1.
Brentwood (6-0, 2-0) looks to keep their perfect season intact Friday, hosting Centennial (3-2, 1-1). The Cougars looked to be poised to make a run for the regular-season title before dropping back-to-back contests.
Despite two losses in a row, Centennial has the most powerful offense Brentwood has faced to this point in the season. The Cougars average 25.6 points per game with quarterback J.J. Tomlin leading Williamson County with 1018 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. The Bruins have made points hard to come by though, allowing an average of less than four points per contest.
Having had trouble preventing the “big play” against Independence and Wilson Central, the Cougars must be weary of Brentwood’s run attack and senior Ben Green. Green is the county’s No. 3 rusher with 682 yards on 69 carries – an average of 9.9 per carry.
“It’s going to be a good game,” the senior said. “I’ve got some friends over there, so it’s going to be a fun battle.”
Centennial has yet defeat Brentwood on the gridiron in school history, going 0-16 to date.
Independence (4-2, 1-1) looks to build off three straight wins against an improving Hillsboro squad.
The Burros (4-2, 1-1) have struggled since moving into 11-AAA in 2009, winning four games or fewer each season following their state championship season in 2008. New coach Craig Clayton appears to have Hillsboro moving in the right direction behind quarterback Porter Streator and several tall, athletic wide receivers.
Indy’s offense showed what they are capable of last week against Coffee County. The Eagles impressed with 277 passing yards in the 42-6 road victory.
Expect Chase Swayze and Vic Wharton to continue to spit time at quarterback with a healthy dose of running back Jalen Wade thrown in.
Franklin’s youth continues to impress through the midway point of the season. The Rebels (4-2, 1-1) defeated Smyrna 17-9 last week for their third consecutive win.
Ravenwood (0-5, 0-2) has struggled against a more-than difficult schedule. The Raptors hung with Siegel, holding the No. 2 ranked team in Class 6A scoreless through one quarter, before falling 42-0.
Rebel quarterback Joe Critchlow will be key in Friday’s contest. The sophomore has steadily improved throughout the season. He completed 14-of-19 passes for 158 against Smyrna.
Ravenwood needs to limit the quarterback’s productivity, making the Rebel offense one-dimensional. In doing so, the Raptors can key on run plays and force long-yardage situations.
Battle Ground Academy (4-2, 1-2) travels to Chattanooga in hopes of ending a two-game losing slide. Following losses to Ensworth and Montgomery Bell Academy, the Wildcats look to return to their winning ways against McCallie (2-3, 1-2).
The Blue Tornado led Baylor 14-0 last week before falling 28-26. McCallie’s defense has been questionable against Division II-AA opponents, allowing an average of 32 points per game.
Getting the running game back on track will be key for BGA. Keenan Bass leads the county with 835 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, but has not reached 100 yards in a game since Week 3.
Brentwood Academy (4-1, 2-0) should be rested and healthy following an off week headed into their road contest at Baylor. Quarterback Max Staver has missed time with an injured shoulder this season, but returned for limited action against Pope John Paul in Week 4.
The off week should be good for the University of Florida commit who has averaged 17 yards per completion this season.
Baylor (4-2, 2-2) has historically struggled against BA, losing 16-of-18 meetings. Their two wins came in 2010 and 1981.
The Red Raiders two losses this season came to MBA, 24-20, and Ensworth, 42-17.
Summit (2-3, 1-2) got their first District 12-AA last week against East Hickman, 21-10. The Spartans look to sweep the county this week as they take on Hickman County (4-2, 2-2).
Last year, the first-year program lost to Hickman County 34-20 – the closest game of the Spartans’ season.
Both schools are much improved over the course of a year though as the Bulldogs are on pace to far better their 5-6 mark of 2011.
Summit will continue to control clock against Hickman County behind a solid run attack led by quarterback Dee Hunter. Hunter is the squad’s leading rusher with 426 yards and six touchdowns. Running backs Anthony Diloreto and John Gomoljack are solid contributors as well, combining for 595 yards.
Fairview (4-2, 3-1) hosts a Marshall County team coming off their first 12-AA win of the season. The Tigers (2-3, 1-2) defeated struggling Spring Hill 37-13 last week while the Yellow Jackets beat an improved Hickman County 24-0.
The Yellow Jacket defense will need to fight for field position as Marshall County has a weapon in the special teams game as Aaron Medley kicked a 50-yard field goal last week.
Marshall County’s win in Week 5 snapped a three-game losing streak for the Tigers.