BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTOS BY ANDY COLLIGNON AND STEVE WHEELER
If BGA coach Roc Batten hadn’t allowed starting junior QB Nick Semptimphelter and WR Antonio Stevens to take a breather in last Friday’s Wildcat rout of Silverdale, history might’ve been made
The pairing might’ve captured a school record for touchdowns in a game, and then some.
Though, the rest was well-deserved after Semptimphelter and Stevens rocked the visiting Seahawks with 270 yards and five touchdowns thrown and 152 yards and four touchdowns caught, respectively.
Semptimphelter is 9-2 in his first season under center and has helped navigate the team’s offense with aplomb. He just visited North Alabama over the weekend.
Soon after his big night in the air, Stevens announced an offer from ACC school Wake Forest.
The duo will no doubt be doing this at the next level, and the Wildcats must feel lucky to have both returning for 2019.
Semptimphelter’s and Stevens’ offensive pummeling earns both Player of the Week honors for the first week of the playoffs.
The Independence Eagles roared back on the road at Smyrna to get their 33-14 win, with QB Ethan Cash throwing 298 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 55 more yards, and WR T.J. Sheffield catching 177 yards and three touchdowns.
The running duo of FRA’s Brogan Wilson and Jeffrey Velcher both got off to good nights on the ground for the Panthers. Wilson rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns, while Velcher paced him with 105 yards and a touchdown. The team got a 39-6 win over visiting GCA-Knox to open the playoffs.
Page QB Cade Walker continued his strong senior season with four touchdown throws and 255 yards, with recent Class 5-A Mr. Football finalist Michael Burdick joining in with two touchdown catches and 130 total yards. Luker Whitten had 93 yards in the air and two touchdowns.
Brentwood RB Matthew Burke continues his late-season surge with a 122-yard, two touchdown night. QB Cade Granzow also had 191 total yards and a touchdown throw and run-in in the Bruins’ 31-11 win against McGavock.
Nolensville RB Colton Dooley rushed for three touchdowns in the team’s 42-7 win over Macon Co.
CPA RB Kane Patterson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one in the team’s 45-7 victory over USJ.
Though Summit didn’t advance in a close road loss to Beech, freshman QB Destin Wade had a huge night for the Spartans with 261 yards and three touchdowns. RB George Odimegwu finished his junior year with a 120 yard, two touchdown performance in the air.
Top photo by Wheeler, bottom photo by Collignon.