FOOTBALL PREVIEW: BA, Summit, Page headed for key region games


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: BA, Summit, Page headed for key region games

BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY ANDY COLLIGNON 

It’s Week 8 in Williamson County, and we’re entering the home stretch in our season.

Our Game of the Week sees a clash of 6A and D-II as Independence travels to Christ Presbyterian Academy to continue their hot streak and try to play the spoiler once more in the undefeated Lions’ Den.

Fascinating region matchups await for handful of WillCo teams

Brentwood Academy hosts McCallie 

The Brentwood Academy Eagles are soaring this season at 7-0, and they haven’t lost a game in two years this weekend (Oct. 7, 2016 at MBA). Could this be the weekend that the streak ends?

District foe McCallie (6-1, 2-1) is having a strong year, though they’ve lost to MBA so far. Only that legacy Nashville school has scored more than 30 on them this year. Everyone else teeters between 14 and less.

The Eagles are known for their prolific scoring attack and strong defense, though could the Blue Tornadoes uproot a potentially-perfect regular season for BA? Well, the Eagles get homefield, which should help, and that MBA loss (taken by McCallie at home) could show the middle Tennessee-based schools are still the two toughest outs in D-II AAA.

If BA holds here and gets their fifth district win of the year, the reward is MBA at home next Friday.

Summit hosts Shelbyville Central 

The Summit Spartans have had a roller coaster of a 2018. Some weeks, they blow the opponent out. Against Page, they were on the bad end of a rout. Most weeks, it’s a close fight won or lost. At 4-3 and 1-2 in the region, the Spartans need to get a win to buffet their postseason promise.

This week, they get the top team in their region in Shelbyville Central.

The Eagles are 5-1 and 2-0 in the region, and will be duking it out with Page to see who can get homefield advantage throughout the playoffs in that neck of the woods. The Spartans will need a clean game from QB Destin Wade and strong contributions from George Odimegwu and Tre Hunter to stay in this one. They’ll also need the best performance thus far from their defense to slow down the Eagles’ high-powered offense.

This will be a fascinating one to follow out in Spring Hill this week. Can Sparty play spoiler over the visiting favorites?

Page hosts White Co.

While White County is winless, it’s these types of games that really show you where you are if you’re the opponent.

If the Page Patriots can trounce the visitors, it’ll show they have the strength on both sides of the ball to really make a run at state this year. If it’s closer than hoped, the Pats will need to really batten down the hatches and fix any errors.

This should be one of those “pull the starters at half” types of games and a good region win for Page.

The Oct. 19 bout with Shelbyville Central looms large. It’ll determine which of these teams takes the region. The Patriots have the potential. Will they live up to it?

Here’s the rest of the slate:

Brentwood will host Father Ryan for Homecoming…Nolensville will face Lincoln Co…BGA will welcome Glencliff…Ravenwood will head up to South Warren (Ky.)…Franklin will head to the Boro to take on powerhouse Oakland…FRAwill take on Columbia Academy…Grace Christian Academy will travel to Huntland.

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