By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
After weeks of hearing coaches across the county predict dire changes in the high school football pecking order for 2013, the Saturday morning after Week Zero makes them look like wizards, especially in District 11-AAA.
Brentwood, considered the best team until someone beat them, finds themselves 0-1 for the first time in many seasons, dropping the opener on the road to neighbor CPA. Expected district contender Centennial looked anything but in a loss to Clarksville Northeast and traditional power Dickson County, re-entering the WillCo district, took it on the chin from upstart Creek Wood for the first time in those Cougar’s history.
Independence, dripping with individual and team talent being corralled by new veteran coach Scott Blade, sits atop the standings at 1-0. While that is not unexpected, the Eagles share the summit, for the moment, with Summit and Ravenwood. Idle Franklin holds down the middle of the district with an 0-0 record.
Whether the district has truly jumped down the rabbit hole or if this is just a first week anomaly is still to be seen. But the district coaches sure look pretty smart on the first Saturday of the season.
Independence 28, Kenwood 6
Senior Vic Wharton showed all his versatility last night, scoring three times and leading a defense that held Kenwood to just one score as the Scott Blade era at Independence opened with a 28-6 win on the road.
Clarksville NE 48, Centennial 31
In a start Cougar fans were not expecting, Clarksville Northeast rolled to a 48-31 win over Centennial in a rematch of last year’s second round play-off that ended with the same result.
The Cougars must now prepare for their home opener this week against an Overton team that gained great confidence in a victory over long-time rival Father Ryan last night.
Summit 28, Spring Hill 0
Summit continued its domination over rival Spring Hill with a 28-0 win on the road last night. The Spartan defense held Spring Hill to less than 100 yards in total offense for the contest.
Fairview 41, Cheatham County 12
Fairview left little doubt the memory of a pair of losses to Cheatam County was still burning in the Yellow Jackets minds, roaring out to a 34-6 lead enroute to a 41-12 victory over the Cubs.
Nic Harvey tallied 74 yards on the ground, including touchdown romps of 12 and 18 yards, while adding 130 yards on three catches and another score.
Lipscomb Academy 60, Page 42
Some high school quarterbacks won’t throw 68 passes in an entire season and would be ecstatic to gain 500 yards in a single year.
Zac Mizell did both last night, and it still wasn’t enough.
The senior signal caller for the Page Patriots hit 45 of 68 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns and added three more rushing, but it was not enough to overcome an emotionally charged Lipscomb Academy Mustang squad. Mizell also rushed 15 times for 21 yards, making him responsible for 83 of the team’s 98 plays and 542 yards of Page’s 581 total offensive yards.
Trevor Johnson was Mizell’s favorite target (12 catches, 42 yards, 0 TD’s) while Corey Bonn (10c, 112y, 1TD) and Mason Smith (8c, 108y, 0 TD) all went over 100 yard s receiving on the night.
BGA 52, Coffee County 20
Battle Ground Academy took a 31-0 lead into halftime and never looked back, opening the 2013 season with a 52-20 win on the road at Coffee County.
Tucker Beathard lit up the CC defense for 259 yards and 3 touchedowns on 13-of-19 passing, distributing the ball to six different receivers. Rieveves Berry was his favorite target, grabbing five for 68 yards and a touchdown while Trevor Auerbach had four receptions for 64 yards. The ground game was equally balanced as Ronald Celveland carried 9 times for 72 yards and score, Terrell Webster tallied two touchdowns while rushing 4 times for 58 yards and Beathard added a rushing score.
The Wildcat defense held Coffee County to just 81 yards on the ground in 42 attempts.
BHS vs CPA
BA vs Memphis University School
Ravenwood vs Stewart's Creek
Posted on: 8/23/2013