Centennial needs a win, rest of county wanting more
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Three weeks ago, Centennial was being mentioned as potential championship contenders in District 11-AAA. Last week’s loss to Clarksville Northeast may have dampened some expectations, but not the Cougars’.
They get the chance to get back on track tomorrow night when Nashville’s Overton High School visits the Mallory Lane campus. Overton is flying high after beating longtime rival Father Ryan last week on the road.
Centennial will rely on the running of Deon Sanders, who racked up 190 yards last week in the loss. The Cougars stable of standout receivers, including senior Bailey Wisniowski and Emanual Hall are both still waiting for one of three potential quarterbacks to aggressively win the job by delivering the football through the air, an area Overton has struggled to defend.
Moving west to the Mack Hatcher Parkway, BGA comes home looking to pick up their second win of the season, hosting the same Father Ryan team that fell to Overton last week. The Wildcats rolled up 52 points in spanking Coffee County on the power of Tucker Beathard’s arm (13-19-0, 3 TD’s, 259 yards) and the legs of Ronald Cleveland (9 carries, 72 yards, 1 TD). Being home for the first time this year could spark another offensive explosion.
Brentwood Academy has to be careful not to overlook a strong Liberty Tech team that is visiting from Jackson. The Eagles got some sweet revenge in a big win over Memphis University School last week.
This week they get the chance to play on their new turf field for the first time. Head Coach Cody White has not been as flashy as some of his predecessors, but he has been a winner, and he’s done it in a balanced manner.
Last week’s 36-7 win came on 242 yards in the air and 177 yards on the ground, a balance that should bode well for this Friday night.
Ravenwood looks to open the season 2-0 for the first time in a long time, hosting a Clarksville squad reeling from a last second, one-point loss to Goodpasture. The Raptors looked sharp in a convincing win over first year program Stewarts Creek, with the combination of Avery Jankowski to Van Jefferson proving to be nearly unstoppable. New head coach Will Hester’s use of linemen as running backs inside the red zone not only drew notice around the mid-state but pumped up morale among the unsung heroes.
Fairview, like Brentwood Academy, exercised a ghost last week, spanking a Cheatam County team that had beaten the Yellow Jackets twice last year, including the second round of the play-offs. Coach Chris Hughes and his charges quietly inhabit the southwest portion of the Williamson County most of the year, but may make waves early, especially in Friday night’s match-up with Camden. Camden lost to South Gibson last week 23-20, which leaves them as either in a rebuilding year or as a dangerous wounded predator looking to take the pain out on Fairview.
Independence opens at home against what should be an out-manned Marshall County team. The Eagles, with three SEC signees, had little trouble with Kenwood last week, winning 28-6. Marshall County comes into the game 0-1 after a 34-21 loss to Shelbyville. The Tigers got 141 yards on the ground and 142 yards in the air with one of the most balanced offensive attacks seen in years.
The last school to see action this season hits the road to face Clarksville Northeast. The Franklin Rebels will be looking to establish an identity in the first game of Coach Donnie Webb’s second season. A win would serve notice that the Rebels are definitively back while a loss would mean little to the rest of District 11-AAA, which is trying to figure out where Franklin fits in.
All games are set for 7 p.m. kick-offs.
Posted on: 8/28/2013