Independence Franklin hosting critical non-district games
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Most of Middle Tennessee had marked the calendar for tomorrow night’s visit by Beech High School (2-1, 1-0) at Independence (3-0, 1-0). The game looked to feature four SEC signees, highlighted by last year’s Mr. Football, Jalen Hurd from the Buccaneers. PHOTO BY ALANA JOHNSON
An injury in the first game ended Hurd’s senior season and may have taken some of the shine off the game in some eyes. But not Independence head man Scott Blade.
“The game still has all the makings for a great game. Beech is still a very dangerous team. With or without Hurd, we know this is the best team we have faced to date.
“We expect the atmosphere to be electric. Much has been said to build this game up and it will be a true measuring stick to see what type of team we have. Win or lose, we will find out a lot about our team moving forward.”
Blade’s line-up says enough, with seniors Vic Wharton and Rashaad Gaulden already committed to Tennessee, while teammate Finis Stribling is headed for Missouri.
Beech comes into the game averaging 41 points per game; Indy averages 44 plus while giving up only 8.5-points per game on average.
Up the road at Franklin, the undefeated Rebels (2-0, 1-0) welcome McGavock (2-1, 1-0) in the first home game of the year. The Raiders are big, quick and scoring almost at will. Franklin coach Donnie Webb holds them in high regard.
“McGavock is big, and fast. Coach Jay Gore does a great job with their offense by using the spread passing game and the option to force defense's to be sound. We will have to tackle well to be successful, and be patient offensively and take what they give us.”
After two crucial district wins, including last week’s victory on the road at Stewart County, Fairview (3-0, 2-0) might be a candidate for a letdown when Creek Wood (1-2, -0-1) comes calling Friday night in another district contest.
Don’t expect Coach Chris Hughes to let that happen.
“I’m not too worried. The kids seemed very focused on one game at a time.”
Picked to finish second in the new District 12-AA, Fairview has knocked the team above and below the in the preseason rankings in two weeks, making it tempting to look straight towards the play-offs.
“Again, I’m not too worried. But we do have the end in mind. Every win gets us closer to home in the playoffs and that is our goal.”
Centennial (1-2, 1-0) hits the road after a big win over Brentwood, traveling to Clarksville High School (0-3, 0-1). The county’s leading rusher, Deon Sanders, could have another big night for the Cougars.
Ravenwood (2-0, 0-0) goes on the road to LaVergne (1-2, 1-1). The Wolverines got their first win of the year last week, beating Stewarts Creek 42-0, a team the Raptors stopped 55-6 in the first game of the year.
Brentwood (0-3, 0-1) celebrates homecoming against a red-hot Hendersonville (3-0, 1-0) squad. The Bruins have been close in every game this year, but have yet to close the deal.
Brentwood Academy (2-1, 0-1) has a long way to go to get past last week’s upset at Father Ryan. The Eagles travel all the way to Cincinnati to take on St. Xavier, traditionally one of the strongest teams in Ohio.
BGA (2-1, 0-0) hits the road to play Mount Pleasant (0-3, 0-1). The Wildcats have two more out of district games before beginning play for play-off seeding.
Summit (1-2, 0-1) gets back to action with a visit from West Creek (1-2, 0-1). The Spartans have a strong chance to even their record against Coyotes from District 10-AAA.
Page, after another long road trip, gets the week off to prepare for a key district contest against CPA.
Posted on: 9/11/2013