Fairview awaits Westmoreland; BGA, Brentwood Academy open Div II play
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Tomorrow night is a big one for three—Fairview, BGA and Brentwood Academy. It’s playoff time and three are staring one-and-done in the face.
Westmoreland (9-2) at Fairview (10-1)
Fairview (10-1) opened with a big home win last week, knocking out Harpeth 52-28 in a game that looked good, but didn’t make Coach Chris Hughes exactly ecstatic.
“I thought we played a little bit lethargic and didn’t give the right kind of effort,” he said after the game. We made a lot of mistakes.
“Hopefully, this week we can fix a lot of things that we messed up on as a coaching staff and make the team understand they’ve got to play hard for 48 minutes.”
Westmoreland’s record is impressive, but statistically there are no standouts. It is a team that operates as a team, with only two losses, both to teams still in the running (White House in 4A, East Nashville in 3A).
The Eagles knocked out East Hickman last week 30-21, a team the Jackets beat in the regular season 34-10. Westmoreland defeated Harpeth 28-13 in the regular season, the team Fairview eliminated last week.
The Jackets greatest obstacle tomorrow night may well be health. Potential Mr. Football nominee Garrett Wall is injured. The line is missing right tackle Chris Cooper, and an apparent ankle injury to Ben Buttrey could keep three key players out or slowed for the contest.
The winner will go face to face with either the Eagles of East Nashville or the state’s top-seed CPA.
|Brentwood Academy's CJ Sanders is expected to have a big game on the road at Briarcrest tomorrow night. Submitted
Donelson Christian Academy (9-2) at Battle Ground Academy (7-3)
BGA has quietly rolled up, not only their best record in several years, but a great deal of momentum after dropping from Division II-AA to Division II-A.
A game between Wildcats, DCA is extremely similar to the county’s oldest independent school and one of the oldest in the state.
DCA relies on QB Will Reddick who has thrown for 1,370 yards and 13 touchdowns. On the ground, James Douglas leads the team in rushing with 662 yards, though injuries have kept him out of four games.
BGA counters with the possibility of a two-headed monster at quarterback. Cole Grosvenor has hit 56% of his throws for 662 yards and 7 touchdowns.
When needed, Tucker Beathard can offer relief, having thrown for 481 yards. The pair has found eleven different receivers over ten games, led by Rieves Berry’s 24 catches for 400 yards. On the ground, Ronald Cleveland has carried the bulk of the rushing load, gaining 573 yards and notching nine scores.
The winner advances to the quarter finals to face either Friendship Christian from Lebanon or St. George’s from Collierville.
Brentwood Academy (7-3) at Memphis Briarcrest (4-6)
All eleven teams in Division II-AA make the playoffs, which is one reason why what may look like a mismatch is still on tap in the second round.
Long forgotten is an uncharacteristic mid-season three game losing streak the Eagles had to endure. The adversity seemed to light a fire under BA, with a convincing thrashing of Ensworth in the last game of the year the top example.
Quarterback Tyler Swafford (158-236 for 2,045 yards and 23 TD’s and just 6 interceptions) is the key. The senior has found 14 different receivers and thrown touchdowns to six of those. His favorite target, C.J. Sanders, has quietly accumulated 657 yards and 12 touchdowns.
On the ground, the Eagles have a trio of backs to carry the mail. Shon Lumpkin (641 yards, 4 TD’s), Shawn Brashers (499 yards, 3 TD’s) and Jacob Cretin (301 yards, 2 TD’s) are all capable of breaking long runs or grinding out short yards when necessary.
The winner will face the winner of the Ensworth-Memphis Christian Brothers contest in the next round.
Posted on: 11/14/2013