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Week 8 preview: District races nearing a close

Photo by Lisa Anderson

Week 8 returns teams to league play as nine Williamson County squads in action Friday face a district foe.

Brentwood Academy vs. Father Ryan

The Eagles welcome a struggling Fighting Irish team to Carlton Flatt Field for Homecoming. Father Ryan (2-5, 0-4) is coming off a 10-6 loss to Pope John Paul II in Week 7, just the school’s second loss against the Knights. It was Father Ryan’s fifth consecutive loss.

Even while facing a squad who is winless in Division II-AA action, BA (6-1, 4-0) will not get wrapped up in the week of festivities according to coach Cody White.

“On Homecoming week, as football players, your job is to win the game,” he said. “If not, the dance and all that stuff is just not an awful lot of fun. Plus, we’ve got a lot to play for. We want a No. 1 or No. 2 seed and we want the Ensworth game to be for that.”

The Eagles travel to Ensworth on Oct. 19.

Brentwood at Hillsboro

The Bruins have had great success against the Burros dating back to the formation of District 11-AAA. Over the past three seasons, Brentwood has won each of their three games by an average score of 28-4.

Hillsboro’s only wins, historically, came in the 1991 and 1992 seasons.

Brentwood (7-0, 3-0) looks to clinch the 11-AAA title in Green Hills Friday while Hillsboro (4-3, 1-2) looks to better their chances for a playoff spot in Class 5A.

Centennial vs. Ravenwood

Looking at the numbers, expect this to be a high-scoring game. The Cougars and Raptors both rank at the bottom of District 11-AAA in points allowed – Ravenwood has given up 190 points this season while Centennial has allowed 196.

The Cougars defense has allowed opponents 30 or more points in each of their last four contests.

Their offense has had the ability to keep them in games though as they have three pass catchers ranked in Williamson County’s top 10. Bailey Wisniowski, Emanuel Hall, and Cord Collier have combined for 66 catches and 13 touchdowns.

Centennial (4-3, 1-2) and Ravenwood (1-6, 1-2) can be seen on television on WUXP 30 at 7 p.m.

Fairview vs. Spring Hill

Fairview (5-3, 4-2) looks to bounce back from a 24-14 loss at Giles County against a sputtering Spring Hill squad. The Raiders (0-7, 0-5) have been outscored 295-70 in 2012 games.

The Yellow Jackets beat Spring Hill 41-8 last year.

Franklin vs. Independence

The Eagles (5-2,2-1) are coming off a bye week and trying to keep pace with 11-AAA frontrunner Brentwood while the Rebels (4-4, 1-2) have lost in overtime each of the last two weeks.

Expect Indy to have a new bag of tricks after the off week to get junior Vic Wharton involved in the offense. Wharton has seen time at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball, completing 23-of-42 passes for 282 yards, rushing for 205 yards, and catching seven passes for 132 yards.

Last year’s game at Indy was a thriller as an Eagle safety in the closing moments propelled Indy over Franklin 5-3.

Page vs. Hickman County

The Patriots (5-2, 5-0) look to extend their winning streak to six Friday night against Hickman County (6-2, 4-2).

While the Bulldogs’ record puts them in District 12-AA’s top four, a look at their schedule leads to questions. Hickman County has scored only six points and has two losses against other top teams in the district – Giles County and Fairview. Last week’s 28-25 win over Lewis County is their only win against a team with a winning record.

Summit vs. Giles County

Summit (2-5, 1-4) has the most difficult task of the weekend going against Class 4A favorite Giles County (7-0, 5-0)

The Spartans must focus their defense on stopping duel-threat quarterback Al Cobb who led the Bobcats over Fairview 24-14 last week.


Posted on: 10/10/2012


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