FOOTBALL PREVIEW: BGA, FRA carries playoff atmosphere


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: BGA, FRA carries playoff atmosphere

BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY ANDY COLLIGNON 

It’s time for Week 9 in Williamson County football, and plenty of teams around the area are going to be happy to get a break.

The next two weeks will see a rotation of bye weeks and Fall Breaks, though the gridiron doesn’t close. We’ve still got a great slate of game for the next two weeks and region and district races heat up and playoff seeding begins to take fuller shape.

The Game of the Week finds a crucial matchup for the Summit Spartans and Centennial Cougars, as both teams are trying to lay claim to a playoff spot in their neck of the woods.

Besides the big game out in Cool Springs, the week has some key in-region bouts on the horizon.

BGA, FRA will contend for silver in D-II AA 

With the Christ Presbyterian Lions not likely to slip up anytime soon, it’ll be Battle Ground Academy and Franklin Road Academy who contend for silver in D-II AA on Thursday night.

This has the feel of a playoff game and has obvious playoff ramifications.

BGA is coming off yet another big win and has only taken losses to CPA and powerhouse Evangelical Christian this season. Sophomore QB Nick Semptimphelter is having a very sound year for his first time starting under center, and his offense has plenty of options, including guys like Tiy Reed, Garnett Hollis and Chico Bennett (a Georgia Tech commit who doubles as a dangerous pass rusher).

BGA’s defense has yet to allow an opponent more than 20 points this season, a testament to that unit’s ability to slow teams down and allow the offense to drop the hammer.

FRA is on a five-game win streak, with the offense led by guys like receiver Lance Wilhoite (headed to Oregon next year) and Brogan Wilson (fresh off a three-touchdown, 200+ yard night). On defense, recent Georgia commit Tymon Mitchell leads a unit that, like BGA, hasn’t allowed more than 20 points, sans its opener against Davidson Academy (where they oddly let up 40).

This one’s probably going to be as close as Christmas Eve to Christmas Day. Look for BGA to try and force FRA to win the game in the air, as having to defend both Wilhoite and Wilson can present challenges to any defense. Also, FRA has Riley Speed in the mix on offense as well, who lives up to his namesake, and then some.

Can the sophomore Semptimphelter get a big road win, or can FRA extend its winning streak? This one’s got plenty to look forward to and matters a lot for this region.

Ravenwood will get a big test with Fairview 

You might not think it, but the Ravenwood Raptors face a must-win situation at home Friday.

The stalwart state contenders just dropped a tough road outing to South Warren up in Bowling Green, Ky., and return home to face a 7-1 Fairview squad led by dual-threat QB Kam Harris-Lusk.

You could look at the stair-step process of wins and losses between regions and see that Fairview lost 28-20 to Page to start the year, who lost to Ravenwood by 20+ and mark this one down as an easy win for Ravenwood. Though, that was in August, and if we know anything about high school football, you aren’t in August who you are in October.

The Raptors will need to really use Fairview as not just an opportunity to get to 7-2 and stay headfirst in the region race with Brentwood and Independence (who gets an easy one at home this week against Dickson County). They need to iron out the wrinkles that cost them one on the road last week and one in September against Brentwood.

We all know what the Raptors are capable of, and they’re still contenders for state. But Fairview’s a quality opponent, and speaking of irons, it’d be a great time to sharpen Ravenwood iron against Fairview iron.

Here’s the rest of the slate. 

Nolensville will head out to Maplewood Thursday…CPA will take on Goodpasture…Indy will host Dickson Co….Spring Hill will face Marshall Co..

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