Big wins highlight WillCo Friday night
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Williamson County teams scored several major upsets last night headed into the start of district play next week.
Franklin 28, Clarksville Northeast 20
Franklin (1-0, 0-0) opened the season with a huge 28-20 win over Clarksville Northeast (1-1, 0-0) on the road behind the running of senior Colton Black, but it was the defense that kept the victory in place.
“We played some really good defense,” said head coach Donnie Webb. “We got up 28-7, but Clarksville has some really great athletes and made some plays, but the kids hung on.
“These seniors have worked hard since last December. I was proud of the seniors; they deserved to win this game.”
Northeast went deep into the Class 5A play-offs last year and knocked off Centennial to open the season last week. The Eagles were favored going into the contest.
The Rebels face a short week before opening district play on Thursday night as part of MyTV 30’s Thursday Night Lights, on the road at Dickson County (0-2, 0-0).
“Dickson County is a great venue, a fun place to play, but we’re on a short week. We’ll enjoy tonight, and then it’s time to get to work. I know they are excited, we are too. We are going to keep working and keep getting better because we want to be a factor in this district.”
Fairview 19, Camden 7
The Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1-0) took a major step towards exerting a little dominance in their new district, scoring 12 points in the final 12-minutes to defeat West Tennessee power and District 11-AA member Camden 19-7.
Garrett Wall made the difference, opening the fourth quarter with a 2-yard run to give Fairview a 13-7 lead, then broke open the close defense contest by returning a punt 52-yards for a score in a bruising contest.
“We were down 7-0 at halftime and I told Garrett, ‘ Big players make big plays in big games’ and he said ‘let’s do it’,” said head coach Chris Hughes. “He took the game over in the fourth quarter.”
Fairview trailed 7-0 at the half and Camden seemed to have the game under control. But four turnovers and a swarming defense set the stage for Wall’s heroics, a fact Hughes credited his assistant for creating.
“Coach (Chris) Butler had a great game plan for the wing-T and we face so many teams that run that offense. Our defense played well all night long.”
Fairview travels to Stewart County (2-0, 1-0) next week in another big district match-up.
Independence 49, Marshall County 21
In a final tune-up for the District 11-AAA schedule, Independence scored in every quarter as UT commitment Vic Wharton had a field day, scoring four times on passes, rushes and punt returns to lead the Eagles to a 49-21 win over Marshall County.
Wharton owned the second and third quarters, breaking open a 7-7 tie with by surrounding a 60-yard punt return with touchdown passes of 77-yards and 15-yards from Caleb Hollis, then driving home a 4-yard rushing TD, giving Independence a 42-7 lead that was never challenged.
Hollis threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns on the night, the third an 11-yard strike to another UT commitment, Rashaan Gaulden, as the Eagles rolled up 443 yards of total offense.
Independence opens the District 11-AAA schedule with a Homecoming contest against neighborhood rival Summit next Friday night.
Father Ryan 24, BGA 7
In one of the few upsets of the night, Father Ryan (1-1, 1-0) turned a kick-off return into seven points, then added a couple of rushing scores to upset the Wildcats (1-1, 0-1) in Franklin.
Ronald Cleveland opened the game’s scoring with a 39-yard run, but that would constitute the total of the BGA scoring as Ryan’s defense pitched a shut-out over final 40-minutes of the game.
The Irish used eight different running backs to tally 224 yards on the ground, wearing down a young BGA squad.
BGA travels to Goodpasture next Friday night, with both teams coming off losses.
Brentwood Academy 45, Liberty Tech 7
Brentwood Academy christened a new turf field by exploding for 45 first half points then cruising to an easy win over visiting Liberty Tech from Jackson.
Tyler Swafford put on a passing clinic early, hitting 15-of-18 for 151 yards and 3 touchdowns, with all three scores coming in the first quarter. C.J. Sanders caught one of those scoring throws then returned a punt 78 yards for another to help push the Eagles into the undefeated category.
Shawn Brashers had a 65 yard TD run, ending the night with 67 yards on just four tries and Jacob Cretin carried 14 times for 57 yards.
Brentwood Academy travels to Father Ryan next Friday night.
Posted on: 8/31/2013